"Crystal Clear" as written by and Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger....
At 4 o'clock
Just after work
I got my check
I held my breath
The phone rings tell 'em I ain't never here

The over-under
Made a blunder
I gave my cell phone
To my cousin
He plays the threats I get to his friends at school

I board the dog
At Uncle Nicky's
I put my hood up
I have to run out
You welched the bet I'm soaking wet too close to an OTB

I took a train
Got off at Trenton
Bought a ticket
A bus to Vinton
Won't stop sweating till I get to Davenport

On the bridge
On the bus
Bye-bye Moline
Look at the water
Filthy, dirty, cloudy, muddy, messy, mucky, crystal clear

I got my palm read
For $7.50
She looked me over
I bought a crystal
Filthy, dirty, cloudy, muddy, messy, mucky, crystal clear

Lyrics submitted by Airyca

"Crystal Clear" as written by Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite FF songs, I think it's about her getting too much money in her paycheck and trying to avoid the wrath of her employers. But who knows...
    DevastatorJr.on August 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about someone at work, getting they're paycheck and it's not enough. They gotta pay someone, which is why they're getting threats on their cell, and now they're on the run... but what's OTB?
    TheLoneInsomniacon January 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so damn trendy...
    i like the magical video game sounds. :)
    Heather200408on February 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@ TheLoneInsomniac: OTB is Off Track Betting, which fits in with my theory of the song.

    I think she has a problem with gambling. She is trying to escape from her bookie. Her phone ringing and her ignoring it, as well as her giving her Cell Phone to her Cousin is a way of saying that she's trying to get away from the large amount of debts she's amassed.

    That's what I get for the first half of the song. The second half isn't quite as Crystal Clear.
    Cheesecake_Recipeon November 30, 2006   Link

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