I stumbled in at 3 a.m.
But you didn't want to
I tried again at half past ten
You still don't want to
Your hips have this way of saying no way
An impenetrable barricade

Something I said? Something I did?
What's made you so defensive?
Something you heard? Something you learned?
The season's changing, it's for the worse

You used to call me on your break
But you've been so busy
You used to bring me tomato soup
But you keep forgetting
As the groundskeeper rakes up the October leaves
It occurs to me, trees can't hide anything

Something I said? Something I did?
You've been acting so distant
Something you heard? Something you learned?
The trees are barren, the leaves have turned

The days when we made it the world was green
Now autumn has fallen, everything's changed
October leaves

I woke up this morning
You were off to work
No kisses, no coffee
No morning paper

"Hey"
"Yes?"
"Are you sleeping?"
"No"
"Can I ask you something?"
"Yes"
"Are you cheating on me?"
"No"
"Are you lying?"


Lyrics submitted by rengalous

October Leaves song meanings
Add your thoughts

9 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great. tim kasher has such a way with words. i think it's pretty obvious that he's talking about his girlfriend or something of the sort becoming distant as the autumn comes. when he talkes about "the days when we made it the world was green", he means that they were together and happy during the summer, and now that it's fall, things are changing. although this song is sad, autumn is a beautiful time of year.
    CountMyCrowson October 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so sad..I feel awful for his ex wife,he certainly documents their breakup quite well.
    promisexkepton January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is so sad.

    My favorite part is the very end dialogue.

    -"Hey."
    -"Yes?"
    -"Are you sleeping?"
    -"No."
    -"Can I ask you something?"
    -"Yes."
    -"Are you cheating on me?"
    -"No."
    -"Are you lying?"

    The girl's voice when she says "Are you lying?" just kills me. It's rather haunting, I must say.
    aureyon July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, tim uses his words so well. so much emotion in this song. i like how he uses instances you can relate to whether it be when a significant other used to call you on their breaks or bring you tomato soup.
    hewwokatieon August 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Aurey, the girl at the end makes me sad because you can imagine someone saying that exact same shit the second you're hearing it.

    Shame everyone is a fucking whore.
    _Mitchellon April 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is pretty obvious what this song is about, focusing on the bitter divorce between Tim and his wife, which much of his songs do. I love the metaphor in this with Autumn and how much change is brought about with that season. CountMyCrows, I believe you take the song a little too literally, when it is meant to be more metaphoric. But everyone has their different views. Either way, excellent, although heartbreaking, song by a wonderful band.

    Also, I must say, I prefer the acoustic version of this song.

    "I woke up this morning
    You'd already gone
    There's no pot of coffee
    You must've forgot..."
    =(
    Colin B.on July 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOOOH wouldn´t anyone please send the acoustic verison to me? Just let me now if you have it and I´ll give you my mail. I used to have that version, which I prefer also, but I kinda lost it :/
    jeelon June 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs on the album.
    i love the way he says, "Something I said? Something I did?"
    scottelyon November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am going through this exact situation right now.
    drkpssngr11on October 02, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain