"White Plains" as written by and John Vanderslice....
On the Sunday after the mason dance
It�s the one day I can remember when
I felt so pure and really at peace with myself
I was in love, the sun sang down victorious

but the truth is I have no faith in happiness
It turns to fear, draws the devils near
So I jumped the fence
And went out west

abilene
Got a sales job as a pharmaceutical rep
Lived out of hotels, rental cars and a stowable bag
I drove all day � from hospital pacing and clinic sweats
I drove all night � I couldn�t ever sleep now anyway

I tried, but the old devils, they found me in my room
I hid under the covers and cried out as they tore off my sheets
So I went east

vietnam
I�m long gone
I�m up the river
Way past mekong

but the old devils, they found me in my hut
They poured through the windows, they cornered me
And I cried out, to no one: �I give up.�


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"White Plains" as written by John Vanderslice

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    General CommentThis is the best song ever.
    fenton qon May 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti actually got the chance to talk to john about this. its about being dumped. "the truth is i have no faith in happiness, it turns to fear draws the devils near" happiness turns to sadness..the couple parts about old devils finding him, those are about how just when you think you are safe and feeling alright, depression will rear its ugly head again. i feel this song so much..sadly
    thats the punchlineon June 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i agree, the first time i heard these lyrics i felt they were about depression. its like how no matter where you go, or what you do, depression always finds you.
    drownsodaon December 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about drug abuse and he travels one place and it ruin his life so he picks up and goes somewhere else but his old habits [devils] find him again. But yea depression fits the lyrics better.
    think tankon February 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentok. Not sure where the vietnam reference comes in. if it was in a different order, it could be about a vietnam vet. but depression fits. and oh yeah this is by far my favorite song on the album, which is saying a lot.
    mundialon May 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentabilene, vietnam....there is no where to escape depression. in my opinion, this is the most terrifying song ever written.
    silentfrwyon September 20, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationTo clear up some of the questions people have had, think of the lyrics as if you were reading a diary. Before each entry is the location where those events took place. So the first verse took place in White Plains, then Abilene, then Vietnam, and no matter where the narrator found himself, the same depression followed.
    flvinny521on February 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think abilene is in texas by the way
    pumkinhedon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere's an Abilene in Kansas too, but in terms of the song it's not important. Is this the best JV song ever? Probably.
    mdon06on August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song brings me so much nostalgic...Its like my whole senior year with headphones, swim meets, and just my whole experience.
    stacobon July 02, 2007   Link

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