I was on your porch, the smoke sank into my skin.
So I came inside to be with you.
And we talked all night,
about everything we could imagine.

'Cause come the morning I'll be gone
and as our eyes start to close
I turn to you and I let you know that I love you

Well, my dad was sick,
and my mom, she cared for him.
Her love, it nursed him back to life.
And me, I ran. I couldn't even look at him
for fear I'd have to say goodbye.

And as I start to leave
he grabs me by the shoulder and he tells me:
"What's left to lose? You've done enough.
And if you fail, well then you fail but not to us.
'Cause these last three years, I know they've been hard.
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun;
even if it's alone."

So now here I sit, in a hotel off of Sunset;
my thoughts bounce off of Sam's guitar.
And that's the way it's been,
ever since we were kids but now,
now we've got something to prove.
And I, I can see their eyes,
but tell me something, can they see mine?

'Cause what's left to lose?
I've done enough.
And if I fail, well then I fail, but I gave it a shot.
And these last three years, I know they've been hard.
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun;
even if it's alone.

Even if it's alone
Even if it's alone
Even if it's alone

I was on your porch last night, the smoke, it sank into my skin.


Lyrics submitted by Meghan485, edited by deshane

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    General CommentThis makes me want to cry. It's beautiful.
    makencheezieon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think hes saying get out of the desert (phoenix) and into the sun as in like into the spotlight
    theMONDAYSon May 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful...it made me tear up hearing it....i think it has a special and different meaning to everyone who hears it...which makes it that much better
    emuhlee1010on August 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know why, but this song reminds me of one of my best friends. He graduated from high school and joined the army straight out, went to Iraq and after three tours, he's finally home. Before he left, he told me how he felt about me, but also told me that he didn't hold me obligated to return his feelings (I do, but I'd been dating someone at the time, and I am still with them). But it just reminds me of the last six or seven years, with him coming and going, and only being here for a few months at a time, and now finally being home and trying to reclaim his old, civilian life. To me the "get out of the desert and into the sun" means it's time for him to pull his mind away from all the crappy stuff he saw over there, and get into the sun and start living his life, but being afraid to because he hasn't done the stuff that some of his friends have done at home, and he didn't get the "normal" college experience the rest of us did. But I told him basically just that, he did something super extraordinary instead, and if he doesn't do the same things now, well so what? He did enough, more than most people do in a lifetime and he should be proud. I think he finally is adjusting and he's starting to realize that if he fails, then whatever, he can do something else too... Anyway, it just reminds me of all the turmoil of him leaving and coming back and... how emotional we all got.
    sparklingdarkon April 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are all very close about the "Desert and into the sun" lyric. What it means is this: the desert is a place where little grows. Its dry expanses yield no comfort or life. Nate is saying his life is stuck in a place were no growth is taking place, and that he needs to move into "the sun." Everyone knows that the sun makes things grow. Vegetables in the summer, to flowers in the spring. So overall this lyric is a statement of his need for a rebirth in his life. I hope that puts some questions to rest.
    DanielTheLittleDrummerBoyon February 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song by The Format. So great.
    blondechick917on April 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song. It brought me to tears the first time I heard it.
    GravityGirl_Brookeon May 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song... i just think that the lyric "get out of the desert and into the sun" doesn't make any sense... i mean isn't it sunny in the desert?
    eastcoasteron May 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is my life...every single part of it....i too cried while listenin to it for the first time on the way to class...no song has ever made me feel that way
    yellowcallisteron May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWonderful song. Perhaps its about his dad that almost died, and he didn't know how to say goodbye so he tried to avoid the situation.
    duritanon May 14, 2004   Link

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