"State Street Residential" as written by Ben Gibbard....
Holding fast until
The rent checks wear thin
Because it hasn't sunk in, so far

When it's a drab routine
The dust starts building
Until its hard to come clean

Then my months stack up
To an addictive crush
As if the drink weren't enough

A stagger cannot compete
There's no charm in being
A residential state street

And if I was sober
Would I kill caution and stay over?
And if I was sober
Would I rip hearts apart like paper?

I wish you could know
Better than you show
With parted lips pointing down
That the whiskey soothes
More than you could ever do
And if I was sober
Would I kill caution and stay over?
And if I was sober
Would I rip hearts apart like paper?er

What a difference it'd make
And what a different it'd make

And if I was sober
Would I kill caution and stay over?
And if I was sober
Would I rip hearts apart like paper?

What a difference it'd make
And what a different it'd make


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"State Street Residential" as written by Christopher Walla Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentFirst of all, I'm from Bellingham and have spent many a night on State Street and I walk home alone all the time down the street. I suppose that if you were female you might want to avoid that, but I'd probably recommend that to any street in America.

    This song is about being drunk and acting like a jerk. He's wondering if he'd do all the same foolish things if he would just stay sober. So much socialization during college is done during some state of inebriation and this song just wraps up what that results in.
    HankChinaskion August 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI actually think that this song isn't about him being a jerk when he's drunk, because of the lines "The whiskey soothes more than you could ever do". Obviously the problem isn't him being a jerk, it's that the the alcohol dulls the feeling of wanting out of the relationship, and the fear of breaking his girl's heart.
    ohnoodleson July 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti know this song was recorded in bellingham, since it's off of You Can Play These Songs With Chords, and State Street is in downtown Bellingham. it's not really a place where you'd want to walk down the street alone at night.
    kassidyismynameon February 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow, you've done yr research. How did you find that out?

    Ripping hearts apart like paper is such a simple line that I love so much. I really like this song, It's probably the most listened to song on my playlist. Next to Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset by Modest Mouse. But this song has a lot to do about drinking, most of which I don't understand....any help?
    JinxedCheaton April 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so sad.
    ohh_recklesson August 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand if i was sober
    would i rip hearts apart like paper?

    so sad, so beautiful. I really like this song:)
    rosebrowneyeson January 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand if i was sober
    would i rip hearts apart like paper?

    so sad, so beautiful. I really like this song:)
    rosebrowneyeson January 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about the world crashing around you. He feels stuck in the routine of the drinking and it's becoming hard "to come clean". I listen to this song when I"m driving and also when I'm drinking. I love the part "If I were sober would I kill caution and stay over?" The things we do when we have a little alcohol in us...it makes me sad to think about at times.
    clane826on July 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about drinking in my hometown, Bellingham.

    Simple.....
    TableForAliciaon April 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentisnt it

    I wish you could know better than you show
    you've got a wreck on your hands
    Because the whiskey soothes more than you could ever do
    retardotyleron February 12, 2009   Link

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