"El Salvador" as written by and Steven Alexander Roberts Joel Laslett Pott....
It's time to tear this place down
I've got the last gig on my mind
Not seen my friends in ages
Have I been left behind?

It's time to figure out why
I find myself in custody
With each and every question
Words come so easily

Fly to El Salvador
I don't know why and I don't know what for
I've seen the picture for myself
Where did that label go?
I tried it out but it didn't work so
I'll choose the picture for myself

It's time to start all over
Take only one thing spare to wear
Head for the check-in lights and get up into the air
It's time to take new measures
Someone will put us up tonight
Far from our place of rest
I've almost got you in sight

Fly to El Salvador
I don't know why and I don't know what for
I've seen the picture for myself
Where did that label go?
I tried it out but it didn't work so
I'll choose the picture for myself

First class and big hotels
[i can't quite put my finger on it]
Videos and global sales
[i can't quite put my finger on it]
Free drinks that you pay yourself
[i can't quite put my finger on it]

Fly to El Salvador
I don't know why and I don't know what for
I've seen the picture for myself
Where did that label go?
I tried it out but it didn't work so
I'll choose the picture for myself


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"El Salvador" as written by Joel Laslett Pott Carey Suthon Willetts

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    General CommentI love this song, it makes me happy!!
    the_libertineon February 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentomg why has only one person commented on this song! i totally agree it makes me happy..its such a sunny summertime song! :D
    SparkleFireflyon March 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhy only 2 people??/ this song is so cool, i reckon the vehicles and animals is better than tourist, its alot summery and has a betetr feel to it. although i am in love with tourist on new album.
    i.am.meon April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not too sure about the meaning of this song, but could it be about following the crowd?
    It's saying how hes been told to fly to el salvadore, yet he doesn't know why...
    intrigued.punkon April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA song made for convertables!!!!!
    only way i can describe it.... cruising along the coast, top down, squinting in the sun!!!
    bloody good song
    Splaire89on May 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentis it just me or does anyone else think the verses of this song sound like that avril lavigne song? ewww... :( oh well, it is still a really good song, happy :D i love athlete
    mairion May 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about having been preoccupied with work or fame, realising that you have no friends left and wanting to start anew.
    Just needing to get away, and not knowing exactly why you've chosen a specific place, and needing to leave quickly before being driven insane.
    houseofcardson January 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentany thought it could relate to Athlete's christian background? I mean El Salvador means 'The Saviour' and flying (methaphorically as in going to/relying on God) to 'The Saviour' is part of most christians belief.
    matt_r_bakeron June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd like to think that was what it was about, it's such a good album opener! I think it's being features on the soundtrack for Zach Braff's new film, which is cool. Also think it could relate to dissillusionment with being in a rock band?

    first class and big hotels
    [i can't quite put my finger on it]
    videos and global sales
    [i can't quite put my finger on it]
    free drinks that you pay yourself
    [i can't quite put my finger on it]

    All the things that get thrown at you when some big labels see promise in your band but the writer can see that it's all a little bit fake and put-on...?
    peanutisminton August 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnice album and nice opener.i likejoel's pott voice,overall. it's not very interesting lyrically.
    veruskaon October 03, 2006   Link

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