In my dreams
I see myself hitting a baseball
In a green field somewhere near a freeway
I'm all tan and smiling and running from third base
And it's hot
And the kids keep playing the driving game
And they're singing the same goddamn refrain
And the sky is a blueish gray

And it's become just like a chemical stress
Tracing the lines in my face for
Something more beautiful than is there
I've barely been gone

In my dreams
I see you at the foot of some mountains
And we're taking some pictures or something
And we'd better hurry up
And it's late
And the sun keeps on shooting through pine trees
And the grass stains are wet on your new jeans
And we'd better hurry up

And I've become just like a terrible mess
Searching the lines in my face for
Something more beautiful than is there
The crowds keep me coming back
Cheering

In my dreams
I see you asleep on a twin bed
The covers pulled up over your head
Am I asleep or awake?
And it's morning
And the captain is playing the radio
And he's just put the paint on his new boat
Am I asleep or awake?

And it just feels good when you're waking up
And it just feels good when you're next to me
And it just feels good when you're coming home
And it just feels good when you're waking up

And I've become just like a chemical stress
Tracing the lines of my face for
Something more beautiful than is there
I've barely been gone

And I'm not a failure, I swear
I wish you could see it from over there
I've got a lot over here without you
I've barely been gone
Gone dreaming

My mom, she cried about money and time
And how she felt older
And I didn't understand much
She left, I stayed
My dad played in the bar
And I wondered if I looked like him
He was small even with boots on
And he looked like an Eskimo
And we were in Alaska
In the airport, I had seen or imagined
A mural of an arctic sea
Where seals and people seemed nicer than me
Where they smoked and talked
About the disappearing ground



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    General Commentthis is one of those songs that just makes me incredibly happy no matter what mood i'm in. i think the lyrics are actually "and i've become just like a chemical STRESS" not strice, in the first and last chorus.
    myslumberinghearton June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually, I don't think this song has a happy meaning. I think it's about the narrator missing an ex-boyfriend. For example, "we'd better hurry up," is because she knows what's coming for them (a break-up) and she's remembering back to happier times. In the "it just feels good..." part, she's remembering how it felt when they were together (for example, how it felt to wake up next to him).

    "And I'm not a failure, I swear/I wish you could see it from over there/I've got a lot over here without you"
    WinonaCorinneon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems, especially because of the ending, that the song is about her relationship with her mother. She starts off with a memory from her youth, then it seems to cut to the present- she feels she is aging. Then, another memory, and so on. At the end, "And I'm not a failure, I swear, I wish you could see it from over there" seems like a child wishing the parent would realize their success. With the themes of time, aging, and the poem about her parents at the end, it all gives me the image of a young woman reconciling her "dream like" past and feelings toward her mother.
    greenlady81on November 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment<3 dreaming of love.
    sunnykepthisrainonon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of those songs that just makes me incredibly happy no matter what mood i'm in. i think the lyrics are actually "and i've become just like a chemical STRESS" not strice, in the first and last chorus.
    myslumberinghearton June 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me feel good.
    paulska69on December 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentomfg i love this song.
    e1ectricloveon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's just a happy song. Dreaming about good things. The "just feels good" part always sounds like a commercial to me, though. Like, "It just feels good when you're waking up!" *cut to shot of steaming cup of coffee*
    art_banditon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthahaha art bandit.. i never noticed that. anyway, im not really sure about what this song is about. i guess its about imagining something better than what is there.

    racing the lines of my face for
    Something more beautiful than is there

    i love it.
    jazzy88on May 01, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"running from 3rd base..." there are few things in life that are better than the feeling you get when you're about to win a baseball game especially when you're playing... such provacative imagery and emotions in the lyrics... makes rilo kiley one of my favorite bands
    drowningnoahon May 07, 2005   Link

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