this is the proper place, but i'm growing older without grace
and all of the people sing contented with the urban routine
as the backdrop fell on my clothes in the evening
and the actresses left for the farewell party

and i left the timber line for oil slicks and parking fines
and i found that it's too late to renew the lease at 1138 Ellis.

all the punker kids need to home by seven
'cause there's dinner at eight in the suburbs with sister and father and mother
i wanted to end it there... save myself for once and for all
but it turns out it's not that good... now i'm stuck and summer turns to fall

and this is the proper place and i'm growing older without grace
and all of the people sing contented with the urban routine


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    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who wants to get out of the town he grew up in, but he's tied to it somehow so it's hard for him move away.
    musicforlife!on October 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentExactly what I was thinking musicforlife!
    I think it was hard for him to leave Bellingham--I live there, and there's definatly something that you just become attached to there..
    I think Timber Lines is the evergreens here , and he left it for the oil slicks and parking fines in Seattle.
    And yes, 1138 Ellis is a street adress in Bham. What I'm wondering is in the end, he says it's the proper place---is he talking about Seattle or Bham?
    anyway, this song makes me sad, thinking about the past, and leaving Bham
    but it's my favorite by them !!
    =] -a
    sweater_eateron June 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think at the end he's talking about Seattle because he says "urban", and Seattle would be the much more urban city.

    I love the pacific Northwest :)
    BashTheFashon June 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat is he saying before each of these lines??

    and i left the timber line for oil slicks and parking fines
    and i found that it's too late to renew the lease at 1138 Ellis.

    I can't figure it out :(
    BashTheFashon July 24, 2009   Link

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