"138th Street" as written by and Peter M Bauer Paul C Maroon....
I hear that you got yourself a house
And all your friends you finally figured out
But you go out in the night til you got no place to go
I see you on the corner where you're trying to use the phone
And everyone will say you missed your chance
And everyone will say you've lost you're edge
But it's just something that you've heard about a thousand time before
And every time you're falling then you'll see me on the floor
And someday when you turn around
You'll take a wife, and start a life
It won't be long

I hear that you got yourself a job
And all your friends you finally nailed down
But you go out in the night till you got no place to go
Something you ain't doing right is haunting you at home
Now we've been hanging round for quite a while
So let's get out of here and take a drive
On the parkway tonight
You can hear the engines roar
The flashing lights will nab you when you're driving your way home
And someday when you turn around you'll see the door is closing


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"138th Street" as written by Matthew Frederick Barrick James Hamilton Leithauser

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    General CommentNice song. Seems to be his take on Dylan (the title, the sound, the lyrics)
    josephtheleviteon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentnow that you mention it it does sound alot like dylan.
    modest matton June 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Walkmen's Marcata Studios is on 133rd Street.
    Possibly an old apartment, or that of a friend.
    bocmaximaon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"a thousand time before" should be "a thousand times before"
    staticshockon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKinda reminds me of the boss too.
    bakismakion December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me think of someone who used to be a bit of a fuck up, either drank too much or did too many drugs, whatever, and he finally stopped all of his nonsense and grew up and settled down, but his old "friends" are telling him he sold out or gave up the party life for a house with a white picket fence, and sometimes he feels that old life calling to him.

    Or, this song also makes me think of someone who is gay but is trying to be "straight" and maybe his old lover has heard about this and knows it's just a facade and it's going to make him unhappy, and he catches him at some of the gay bars/clubs, when he should be at home with his family.
    grassh0pperuniton May 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo add to my previous comment; either way, I think it's about someone not living the life they think they should.
    grassh0pperuniton May 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.

    [I lived in 139th street ...They have the best Cuban sandwiches in 138th street...]
    el_chisoon September 06, 2008   Link

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