"Brand New Sidewalk" as written by and Chris Thile....
Five years ago
You pressed your hand
Into a brand new sidewalk
It's well worn now
And though some tried
Yours is the only print there

You might not have meant to but
Its time you can't take it out
You're shy about what fortune lent you
Is that what this is about?

Smile while you can
'Cause when they find
You're not amused, not really
They rob you blind
Of what they gave
Yes you gave them that power

You might not have meant to but
It's time you can't take it back
You cry about where fame sent you
Without a plan of attack

Five years ago
I warned you, dear
As a concerned admirer
You never new, you never heard
The veil was still in place

Thank god you hate to listen
'Cause I would not be here
Lifting the veil to kiss you
Next to a brand new sidewalk


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"Brand New Sidewalk" as written by Chris Thile

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    General CommentTouching...
    CRYN_OUTon September 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenta girl accidentaly fell for him.
    lauraleyeon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI put this song on repeat once, probably listened to it over 20 times, and I still have trouble trying to grasp it's meaning, but I'll take a stab at it:

    I think it's about the secret admirer of a girl who finds fame, and he tries to warn her about what fame will bring her, but he ends up meeting, falling in love with, and eventually marrying her.

    Her handprint in the "brand new sidewalk" is a metaphor for the mark she had made on her audience or in the public, the initial milestone of her abilities that led to her fame. And, now regretting that she ever became famous, she wishes that she could erase history, but her feats have been set in stone.

    "As a concerned admirer" he had once tried to tell her about the snares of fame and fortune, perhaps by sending letters (keep in mind that these are probably hypothetical characters), but she never heard or never heeded his advice.

    Now, if this interpretation is true, I still can't figure out why her not listening to his warning led them to fall in love. Maybe he hadn't heeded his own advice and became famous as well, hence they're wedding by a brand new sidewalk that he himself has placed his own handprint of fame in.

    His fame brought them together?
    nathanielwhiteon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think there are a TON of different little interpretations for this song....
    but i LOVE it.
    severalwayson October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI still haven't made sense of the entirety of this song, but I think that maybe the sidewalk represents him (the singer), and he is saying that this girl made a permanent impression on his life, even if maybe she didn't mean to, that she can't ever take back.

    I don't know what the second verse means, but I think the gist of it is that she is not happy with what her life has become now.

    The third verse is mysterious as well. It seems that they are married now and that the "brand new sidewalk" is their child. A new person whose life has not yet been influenced/marred/molded by any relationships. There are no handprints in it.

    The confusing part about the third verse is, what did he warn her 5 years ago? It sounds like he warned her not to remain in a relationship with him, or something to that extent, possibly because he knew it was not best for her. Still though, she defied him and now they are married.

    The last part there is a bit of a stretch, any clarification would be appreciated.
    Leithian84on January 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen he says
    "thank god you hate to listen
    'cause I would not be here
    lifting the veil to kiss you
    next to a brand new sidewalk"

    it seems like in the end though he's glad she didn't listen to what he was warning he about, otherwise they would have never ended up together.
    lilLisa256on April 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commenther*
    lilLisa256on April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think what this song is about is two lovers, the man singing the song, the woman being sung to. Here's my interpretation:

    The first verse and chorus is about when they first met, and the woman left a deep impression on him, even though she might not have tried to, or realised that she had. No other women ever had the same effect on him. I think where is says, "what fortune lent you" it might mean that she is exceptionally attractive.

    In the second verse and chorus, I think she has learned to use her beauty to be attract lots of men, but when her admirers find out that she doesn't really love them, they will "rob her blind, of what they gave", meaning love, and she will be alone. Where it says "cry about where fame sent you" I think it means that this happened to her, and it left her broken and lonely.

    The next verse is about him saying that he told her all this would happen, basically, and she didn't listen to him.

    The last verse is where they end up getting married, and he's happy she didn't listen to him, because if she had, she most likely would have ended up with a different guy. The brand new sidewalk mentioned I think is her life, and now it is clean and brand new again, not broken like before.
    KokonutHedon July 11, 2008   Link

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