"New American Classic" as written by and Matthew A./mascherino Rubano....
You've got to get better,
Said, it's all in your head,
We could live through these letters
Or forget it altogether,
See the months they don't matter
Its the days I can't take
When the hours move to minutes
And I'm seconds away,

Just ask the question come untie the knot
Say you won't care,
Say you won't care,
Retrace the steps, as if we forgot,
Say you won't care,
Say you won't care,
You try to avoid it, but there's not a doubt
And there's one thing I can do nothing about

When all that we need is just a reaction,
Its too much to ask for when there's no attraction anymore,
Chasing our dreams is just a distraction
I want to remember what I know
That I can't go back,

Just ask the question, come untie the knot
Say you won't care
Say you won't care
Retrace the steps as if we forgot
Say you won't care
Say you won't care
You try to avoid it (try to avoid it)
But there's not a doubt
And there's one thing I can do nothing
There's one thing I can do nothing
There's one thing I can do nothing about

Just ask the question (just ask the question)
Come untie the knot
Say you won't care
Say you won't care
Retrace the steps (retrace the steps)
As if we forgot
Say you won't care
Say you won't care
You try to avoid it (try to avoid it)
But there's not a doubt
And there's one thing I can do nothing
There's one thing I can do nothing
There's one thing I can do nothing about


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"New American Classic" as written by Edward Reyes Adam Burbank Lazzara

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  • +2
    General CommentHere's something else to think about, I think it's about a long distance relationship.

    "We could live through these letters
    or forget it all together
    See the months they don't matter,
    it's the days I can't take"

    It doesn't matter how long they are apart, it's just he can't stand how the days go by while he's alone.

    "Just ask the question,
    come untie the knot
    Say you won't care,
    Say you won't care
    Retrace the steps
    as if we forgot
    Say you won't care,
    Say you won't care
    You try to avoid it,
    but there's not a doubt
    and there's one thing I can do nothing about"

    He wants to go back to the time when they were happier together, and they were not seperated. But he can't do anything about it. And he wants her to say "I don't care," about the distance, but she's not going to because she's fallen out of love with him.

    "Well all that we need
    is just a reaction
    It's too much to ask for
    when there's no attraction anymore
    If chasing our dreams is just a distraction
    I want to remember that
    I know I can't go back"

    They're trying too hard to be in love again, but the distance has pulled them apart so far and she is no longer in love with him.

    But even if that is wrong, it's easy to assume that this song is about a horrible break-up to a wonderful relationship. My distance theory was just a good assumption to the cause of it.
    Darverseson March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of the greatest songs i ever did hear...
    brokenpromiseringon June 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the first slow TBS song i can think of, apart from the acoustic versions of songs on TAYF. And this is by far their best slow song i've heard them create. I love it!
    mjcarewon June 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn my opinion, this song can't just be thrown in the category of an ending relationship, because there's so much more to it. He's weighing the options of trying to relive everything they once had (live through these letters) or just forgetting everything that happened altogether. But in the end of the first verse, he confesses that he can't take the present knowing everything that's happened: "The months they don't matter, it's the days I can't take when the hours move to minutes and I'm seconds away." Also, that these feelings are constant, not just every once in a while, like every "month" or so, but every second really.
    In the chorus, it seems like he's wanting her to converse with him about the situation, and maybe "untie the knot", to fix things and confess of her feelings about the situation. The second half of the chorus really shows how helpless he is ("there's one thing I can nothing about"), and how bad he wants to "retrace the steps" of everything they once had. The only thing I'm slightly confused about is why the title is what it is. I don't understand that. BUT! That's about it. It's beautifully delivered, heartfelt song. Personally, it relates to me in the sense that we both had to grow up and live on different highways. This song speaks to me and often makes me wonder if it's possible for me to retrace the steps.
    AnySecondNowon May 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song,the album is awsome,its different then the last but wont dissapoint.
    nashionalon June 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentprobably about ending a long relationship. saddening.

    ps:this song is spectacular.
    Dudahon June 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis album didn't disappoint me at all. Yeah the songs aren't exactly the same as the last album, but i love them all none-the-less. Especially this song.

    I agree that this is about ending a long relationship. There's just nothing you can do about it sometimes.

    I'm in love with this album. <3
    emotionalaimeeon June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has to be my favorite song on the entire album, other than "the union".
    randomhero_8on June 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentconstant,everyone knew that the second cd wasent gonna live up to the first how could it?But this cd is as close to being as good as the first as it could get,your lookin for another tell all your friends and thats not what the band wanted and im sure its not what most fans wanted.
    nashionalon June 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentif they made a album, that was like tayf...and was jus like it...you'd complain bout tha b in 2 like there old stuff! i think this album is a slightly new differant approach from tha band, i think its great. it'l grow on u no doubt.
    takingbackjimon June 27, 2004   Link

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