it stopped raining against the windows
in the late days before july
we used our bodies against our reason
as we threw ourselves from in to outside

through the glass we’d pass the graveyards
the speed was part of killing our time
our mouths were moving suggesting promise
smartly promise can change into lies

caught in a car you weren’t driving
wondered where they’d let you off
before the impact you smiled
before the impact you said what a great summer night

you were looking at your fingers
you were counting for control
i’d never heard so much quiet
i’d never heard so little breath
or so few of your words

ahead of safety we’d gone much farther
faster the trees blurred the lines
the last few moments the seconds slowed up
as the tires pointed at the sky

caught in a car you weren’t driving
wondered where they’d let you off
before the impact you smiled
before the impact you said what a great summer night

extras get on the set


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East Coast E. song meanings
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    General Commentyes is about a car accident...but hear the song Everything Until The East Coast Ends from the last light album i think is the continue....
    icanmakemesson August 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Is it about someone dying in a car accident?
    BizzyR18on July 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah- car accident was certainly my first impression, seems pretty reasonable. gorgeous song, fits the album really well..."East Coast E" and "Last Song" are amazing back-to-back

    just saw MPPA in concert two nights ago...would highly recommend it :)
    bjk214on April 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnyone know what the "extras get on the set" alludes to? For some reason I was thinking of the death of James Dean.

    Possibly the best album I own.
    shuffleron July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe Matt is using the car crash as a metaphor for a failed summer relationship? In that case, "extras get on the set" might refer to the characters looking for new lovers after the crash (end of their relationship with each other) as a way to move on.
    bjk214on November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me he's singing about a car accident. I've always thought that the line "extras get on the set" was referring to police, fire, ambulance arriving after the accident.
    ExtraMediumon April 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust the other day I got into a debate about this song's meaning. Although I don't agree, this person had an interesting take on the song: the subject intended on dying in a car crash. Definitely an interesting perspective...
    mark333777on April 05, 2011   Link

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