Pack up what you own, and you dial up who you can phone, and you save up all your pennies, and we hope but, oh -- is there any -- and we wonder, oh, how can he put you out tonight? Go back in your mind, twenty years in time, and we'll go a-walking through your garden; see the trees you planted in your yard then. All your work, it didn't seem so hard then, but it's hard tonight. Five years further on, from the stage it looked like we'd won, but how many of those who heard you play have gone their insouciant ways? And the streets run bloody to this day, and to your house tonight. And we, still so touched, can we offer you that much more than those who you fought and who left you with nought, and who lied to you? They lied to you, but this you always knew. So pack up your bulls and smalls, and we'll tack up your paintings on our walls, and we'll write down all our songs then, and we'll right up all our wrongs then, and we'll tear up the streets a million strong then, in your name tonight.


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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs. The last verse, in my opinion, is songwriting at it's very best. Most bands would be lucky to write one song as good as this, and Ted Leo keeps coming up with album after album of them. I don't know how he does it. It's almost not fair. But I love it, I feel like I'm in on some big secret when I listen to Ted Leo's music. Like I'm privy to the greatest music in the world, and most people will never know it. There loss. So there loss. In highschool, I used to be pissed off if a band I was listening to for a while would blow up. But not anymore, I would love it everyone in the world got the chance to listen to this music. I truly think it would make the world a better place. Thank you Ted.
    R2kon March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMr. Leo said this was about his friend from London who almost got evicted from his apartment. That's straight from the horse's mouth.
    Skubic448on February 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell if that's the case this song just has that extra level of personal appreciation added to it for me. i was evicted last winter (right around christmas!) and it fucking sucks. i think NoFX said it best (maybe not best, but definatly more outright then Ted)- "You're adding and subtracting until you find you self in a rut"
    deanohon July 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love ted
    blacksheepgirlon November 10, 2006   Link

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