"Amsterdam" as written by Ron Aniello, Tony Goddess, Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller and Brian Rosenworcel....
I threw away your greatest hits
You left them here the day you split
Your bass guitar and shaggs CD
Well they don't mean that much to me right now

I'm going through your things
These days, I'm changing all my strings
I'm gonna write you a letter
I'm gonna write you a book

I want to see your reaction
I want to see how it looks
From way up on your cloud
Where you've been hiding out
Are you getting somewhere?
Or did you get lost in Amsterdam?

You won't get too far from me
believing everything you read
You're wasted in the great unknown
And I am finally ready to dispose

Of all your vintage clothes
Your drugs and every secret code
I'm gonna write you a letter

I'm gonna write you a book
I want to see your reaction
I want to see how it looks
From way up on your cloud

Where you've been hiding out
Are you getting somewhere?
Or did you get lost in Amsterdam?

From your red balloon you were
a super high tech jet fighter
Floating over planet earth
Come back down here, I'll show you where it hurts

Take this bitter pill
Is it easy to swallow?
I'm gonna write you a letter
I'm gonna write you a book

I want to see your reaction
I want to see how it looks
From way up on your cloud
You're never coming down

Are you getting somewhere?
Or did you get lost in Amsterdam?


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"Amsterdam" as written by Brian Rosenworcel Adam Gardner

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    General CommentMaybe this is way out there--lol, it's scary to be the first one to comment!--but I think in this song they've decided that they can no longer deal with a friend's or (ex-?) girlfriend's drug addiction.

    At first I thought it was just a straightforward break-up song; the first thing that made me wonder about that is, of course, Amsterdam's liberal drug laws. Then, when you look at lines like, "Wasted in the great unknown," and "Way up on your cloud." And I can't explain the verse that starts with "From your red balloon" without illegal substances!

    I think he's angry about things this person's done, and wants to let them know that. However, they are so far away--either geographically (ie, Amsterdam) or metaphorically, because they are never sober enough to talk to: "Come back down here I'll show you where it hurts."

    I'd love to know what other people think...
    gravity_defianton July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI like that, very creative... especially "Come back down here I'll show you where it hurts" goes perfectly as if the person is always high. good thinking...
    guster7on July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThat's exactly the meaning I have associated with this song....and in fact, if you have the special edition of Guster's "Keep It Together" CD, they do a very comical, yet very enlightening spin-off of their own song "Amsterdam." Within it, Ryan sings as if he's high, there are many images of mushrooms, and the whole thing itself is very colorful and something you would imagine a person to experience when high on drugs. So to me, it is clear that this song is very much related to drug addiction.
    kinger2713on April 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentvery very very very catchy song, I love the lyrics... which obviously deal with drugs... I think a bitter person is getting ready to break up with a burn out and wants to tell them while they're high to see their reaction.
    ~nat
    Cruxapheticaon May 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalso...just adding to what people have already said...amsterdam is the only place where they have cafe's where its legal to smoke pot and do most drugs haha...sooo im just saying that goes along with what you've all said and i pretty much agree
    Your_Biznatchon June 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsomething interesting...

    i just tried to download this song and when the download completed instead of Amesterdam i got some random song with the lyrics only being "meow" and some dude repeating them over and over again to some music. it was great.
    bituminouscoalon June 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou downloaded a meow mix(can you tell why it's a meow miw?). If you have KIT you put it the copmuter and there's this cool website it takes you to there you can find all the meow mixes and some other cool stuff.
    gusterswonderfulon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentholy freegin canoly-this is one of the greatest songs of all time, this song, for me anywho, will never ever ever get old, and thats a song that can be classified under one of the greatest songs of all time!!!!!
    jennasmybabyon November 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsuper high tech jetfighter is a line from Nena's 99 red Balloons
    myhotelyearon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentso true about breaking up with someone....has a very special meaning to me in that respect. to have someone very close to you that you just want to help with drug problems, but just can't. the only thing you can do is just let them go and hope they understand it on their own....sad but true....
    shineyon March 26, 2005   Link

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