"French Vacation" as written by and Matthew Frederick Barrick Walter R Martin....
I've left my friend
Of drinking in on time
But he never showed up
But he speaks french he's fine
And I'm..

Where did you go;
Where did you go
I should have known
I should have known
Hey I'm glad you've finally caught up
Just go get a lounge;
Been drank on my own
Hey where'd you go?

Hey where'd you go?
I remember when all our plans were to meet at home
Where'd you go?
Where'd you go?


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"French Vacation" as written by Matthew Frederick Barrick James Hamilton Leithauser

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    My InterpretationThis song is about suddenly losing a connection. He is singing about his friend and they lost connection; they are no longer on the same page, hence "Hey where'd you go/ I remember when all our plans were to meet at home." And when he thinks that their bond is back on track, "Hey I'm glad you've finally caught up", he thinks they're on the same page again "Just go get a lounge", "Been drank on my own" just expresses his coping with losing this bond with his friend "Hey where'd you go?"

    It is a very melancholy song that laments about losing a friendship, a connection so beautiful that suddenly disappears.
    endloston December 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti always thought it was "I've left my friend/ oh, the train came in on time"
    asspennieson March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of being back home, before everyone started growing up and living their own lives.
    versusadamon January 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt the end of the song, i thought he sang "avenge you" ... Great song
    Clay_Eastonon April 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLyrics are wrong:

    I've left my friend
    Of drinking in on time
    But he never showed up
    But he speaks french he's fine
    And I'm..

    Where did you go;
    Where did you go
    I should have known
    I should have known
    Hey I'm glad you've finally caught up
    Just go get a lounge;
    Been drank on my own
    Hey where'd you go?

    Hey where'd you go?
    I remember when all our plans were to meet at home
    Where'd you go?
    Where'd you go?
    Lgrayon February 09, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationHmm, this is how I've always interpreted these lyrics:

    I've left my friend
    Our train came in on time
    But he never showed up
    Well he speaks french he is fine alone

    Where did you go?
    Where did you go?
    I should have known
    I should have known
    Hey, I'm glad you've finally caught up
    Just to get around
    It's been a drag on my own

    Hey where'd you go?
    I remember when our plans were to meet at home
    You made it home
    Where'd you go?
    Where'd you go?

    As you can see, I think this song is quite literally about some guys on a vacation in France who accidentally leave their friend behind, only to have him catch up later on. The implied fraternalism in the song makes sense, considering most of band's members met while attending an elite DC prep school. Such establishments encourage very insular, familial like bonds between classmates. It's one of the ways they consolidate power and maintain that aforementioned eliteness.

    But anyway, I think the fact that the song is about something so benign makes it really unique. It may be just the recounting of completely inconsequential event, but it's performed with a ton of wistfulness. That delivery would make sense if the song was reflecting on it in the preterite, but being instead that it wavers between both present and past tenses, it makes it all the more charming. Pretty smart song.
    impacton March 30, 2013   Link

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