on your way to the best years of your life
everyone's banging on their gongs
the sooner you leave the sooner
you're home
back in massachusetts
to your golden age where they tuck you in
at night

you didn't see it coming
now who you gonna wave to?
this time you're not homecoming king

did you hear that? have you heard that?
sound before?
do you even know where st is coming rom?
it's getting too loud it keeps on pushing you out
into the arms of 1994

you didn't see it coming
now who you gonna wave to?
you're not homecoming king

you stand on your own
wasn't what you hoped at all
do you still recall it
giving dead-arms in the hall?
stay right where you are
you'll be half of who you are
when you always would win
so count the days 'til you give in

back to massachusetts
to your golden age where your crown is
shining bright

you didn't see it coming
now who you gonna wave to?
this time you're not homecoming king

did you see it coming
now who you gonna wave to?
this time you're not homecoming king


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    General Commenti love this song especially the line
    "do you still recall it
    giving dead-arms in the hall?"
    it reminds me of my friends and i and when i was much younger
    gustOARfanon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about people's tendency to try to relive the past instead of focusing on the future. The message is, basically, that doesn't work. I love the line, "Stay right where you are, you'll be half of what you were." (Which is wrong above, btw; I've got the liner notes in front of me.)

    Ironically, tho, this song also makes me super-nostalgic. In 1994, I was a freshman and the Guster guys were seniors at Tufts (back in Massachusetts)...makes me think about all that college stuff.
    gravity_defianton July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with gravity defiany that it's definitely about people who never live for the present or future but swell on the past. Like people who think they are above everyone else in real life becausethey were "homecoming king" in high school. Awesome song, hooray for massachusetts.
    BigEyedPhish103on July 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat exactly does it mean to "dead arm"? I've thought about and the closest thing I can imagine is that it's similar to "clothes lining" somebody.
    queenOFcansNjarson April 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentis about going back to Massachussets.. of not forgeting where you come from , and when they are usually always on tour it seems they get carsick a lot
    GusTer34on May 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commenta dead arm is when you punch somebody right in the tricep area, if punched hard enough can cause a cramping sensation. same with the leg in the quad area, a dead leg. must be a new england thing. i'm seeing these guys tonight, pretty pumped for that.
    MonkeyNum7on July 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts about that guy that exists in every high school who is like, mr. cool, who is the star football player, homecoming king, etc. and who goes around "giving dead-arms in the hall" and being mean to everyone else, but then when he grows up and graduates he has done nothing else with his life and so his life isnt what he thought it would be when he was on his own.
    GrUoScTkEsRon December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhen they played this at the Keep It Together CD Launch Concert in Boston City Hall Plaza, Ryan announced that everyone there should love this new song - "We even managed to say Massachusetts in it, not once but twice! And whenever we play this song out of state, we will never change the place to where we are, it will always be Massachusetts."

    Obviously, that and this song got a hugely positive reception.
    jnb987on December 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is basically a big "kiss my ass" to the popular bunch and socialites that he remembers from high school.
    stoolhardyon January 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with what's been said, that it's about the kids who hit their peak in highschool- the homecoming kings and star atheletes who won't make it any further than that.
    meggganon March 22, 2005   Link

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