She greets the day with her hair wet
She asks them to vacate the building
Because she's got a plan they don't know yet
And if it goes wrong, there'll be no one to see

Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do

If she could just get the word out
God knows she's trying
They're watching her with eyes closed
She's always stuck with the old route
Does anyone knock when they barge in to beat her down?

Will you come back?
It's all she wants to know
She knows she's part of the problem too
Could she let it go?
It'd take a miracle
So that's what I'm praying for

No one can know just how she feels
She won't use the phone, she's too tired to pick it up
She's going back to the old way
She sits in the classroom to learn with the others

Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do
Do do

Please don't give up when it's easy
Don't you know that me and Jesus will cheer you on?
He's the only one that will be constantly everything you need

Will you come back?
It's all she wants to know
She knows she's part of the problem too
Could she let it go?
It'd take a miracle
So that's what I'm praying for

Yeah
She lives on Tisbury Lane


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    General Commentalthough Dave did say himself the song is about his step mother.. i can only come to one conclusion about the song. To me, it reminds me of Mandy Moore's character in " A Walk To Remember", I cant remember the character's name but she was always eclectic, a little strange and different from everyone else. She didn't conform to the usual. She was a religious girl and tried to show people the light in Jesus Christ, but all they did was mock her for not conforming. This reminds me of the sad and lonely girl in "Tisbury Lane". She's a girl with a lot to prove.. one that wants to be accepted and wants her word to be heard. She's also "...part of the problem too" because she's been rejected so many times that it is hard to let anyone in. She's trying to let people know her idea's , about her love for jesus maybe. the line where it says "watching her with eyes closed" is probably the people who see her and don't have the guts to help her out.. she's probably so sick of everyone beating her down, that she doesnt care anymore..

    what a deep song..
    sorry if that's a bit scrambled..
    it was hard to put words to how i felt..
    lovethemusic10on August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks. well, so do all their other songs but this one makes me so mellow.
    twiztedkandyon May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite mae song.
    i believe it has something to do withattempting to make a difference in the world from a religious aspect, but i'm not positive.
    scooterforsaleon May 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. nice easy tunes to listen to
    DebtServiceron May 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this is a dark song disguised with a really mellow tune. it seems to be about a girl who wants/is going to commit suicide, and the only person who suspects anything is the singer.
    ("Please don't give up when it's easy
    Don't you know that me and Jesus will cheer you on? ")

    The girl seems depressed because she lost 'him' (whoever 'him' happens to be), and feels everything would be better is he came back. the singer wants her to be happy, so he's hoping 'he' comes back (even though it is so ulikely that it would 'take a miracle').

    no one else really knows about this except the speaker, because she goes on with her everyday life and doesn't act sad at all.
    ("She's going back to the old way
    She sits in the classroom to learn with the others")

    at least, that's what i got out of it.
    you lied oh myon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with the comment above me
    this is kind of like my relationship right now...me n my gf just broke up yesterday and im pretty sure this song describes us...
    u gotta love that jazzzy beat dude
    bmxdudeintheskyon March 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. its not to mellow but not "hard". "dont you kno the me and Jesus will cheer you on". MAE= gorgeous lyrics and gorgeous music!

    MAE
    beanetteon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentArguably the best Mae song
    Technicolor_Dreamson March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI WISH I LIVED ON TISBURY LANE!!!!
    x3alyciaon March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the girl being pregnant, and the guy left her.
    "Because she's got a plan they don't know yet
    And if it goes wrong, there'll be no one to see"
    I think is about her planning to do some sort of at home abortion attempt .and if it goes wrong and she dies then no one will be there to see. and also it will spare her the 'embarassment' of people knowing she's pregnant.
    "If she could just get the word out "
    Is her wanting ot tell someone but she is to oashamed or what not.
    "Will you come back?
    It's all she wants to know
    She knows she's part of the problem too"
    Is her wanting to know if the guy will come back. and that she knows she can't blame the pregnancy on him because she's at fault too..

    That is what i got from it... anyways... good song...
    Emericanskateron March 30, 2005   Link

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