"Save Yourself" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Here there is no revelry
The sadness needs no leavening
So loose your boots and sit yourself down
Deep inside the water tank
Over by the riverbank
There I saw my little girl drown

Call it a detour
Ugly and impure
Save yourself
Where is the life line
Here on the highline
Save yourself

I came back here at 24
My friends all say what you're doing this for
Well my father died and passed this shit to me
Rub my hands in turpentine
My prospect's now being undermined
With bankers knocking daily at my door

Call it a detour
Ugly and impure
Save yourself
Where is the life line
Here on the highline
Save yourself

Lost inside the peloton
With the Jerry Lewis telethon
Ticking soft until I fall fast asleep
Slipped away with candlelight
Leather chaps and cattle drives
This is not the life I meant to lead

Call it a detour
Ugly and impure
Save yourself
But where is the life line
Here on the highline
Save yourself

Save yourself


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    General CommentAs i was sitting in the car today it dawned on me the meaning of this song. Save yourself is written retrospectively.It is written about an individual who leaves (Montana I believe, in this case)his/her home due to bitter feelings. But upon the passing of a family member (father), has inherited both the emotional and fiscal burdens of the given individual, i.e. inheriting a cattle farm up in the hi- line of Montana. The Hi-line is a string of small towns and open spaces off of highway 2 right next to the Canadian boarder. Being forced back into small town farming culture, and with the questioning of his/her friends this individual is hoping for something more than small town life yet is stuck with the emotional burden of upholding his or her honor to his culture and heritage fighting the urge to urbanize. The words "save yourself" are repeated to better illustrate the hardships of small town life. the boredom that consumes this individual as he/she is being held hostage. The life line being civilization that is lacking all around.
    altcountryperspectiveon November 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always listen to this song when I feel obligated to do something I really don't want to do. Especially since I am avoidant in general, and i really identify with the "Jerry Lewis Telethon" verse especially.

    Great song.
    thisparapeton June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGorgeous and bitter...the feeling of being wasted, beyond repair. Colin's voice is numbingly beautiful. I'm in love.
    ABookOnAShelfon May 06, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe way Colin pauses on "Save your" I always view that as he is saying "Savior self". While the real lyrics are more imperative, the singer is almost pleading with himself to be saved. The latter seems that he is resigned to his fate, he knows it's within him to escape and he will always long for another life. The fact that the only real reason he is stuck in this town working off debt owed is his sense of duty to his father.
    Lachlan87on June 28, 2010   Link

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