"Detroit Waves" as written by Mark Weinberg and Matt / Nathanson....
So, we let it go to start again
Knowing now how all our best intentions
Never lit the world on fire
Lights, illuminate the exit signs
And over the wings the skies an open endless sea
Crowding up surrounding me

And all, Detroit waves
Goodnight
Spread out
Beneath
Me now
If I could, if I could change
Believe me
I would, I would for you
(My love)

And when, you're warm enough to share your sheets
Cold enough to make it seem that I was only there long enough to disappear
You know I'll still, say your name to fall asleep
Over and over a cynic saying rosary
A liar living make believe

And all, of Detroit waves
Goodnight
Spread out
Beneath
Me now
If I could, if I could change
Believe me
I would, yes I would
And Detroit waves

And Detroit waves, goodnight
Spread out
Beneath me now
If I could
If I could change
Believe me
I would
Yes I would
And Detroit Waves
Detroit Waves


Lyrics submitted by starshine1763

"Detroit Waves" as written by Matt Nathanson Mark Weinberg

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    General Commenti think the second verse is wrong. i hear this:

    and when, you're warm enough to share your sheets
    cold enough to make it seem like I was only there long enough to disappear
    you know I'll still, say your name to fall asleep
    over and over a cynic saying rosary
    a liar living make believe
    so.in.loveon January 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is fantastic meaning behind this song.

    He's saying their best effort in the relationship wasn't quite good enough to make them want to stay.

    "Knowing now how all our best intentions never lit the world on fire. Lights, illuminate the exit signs
    and over the wings the skies an open endless sea, crowding up surrounding me."

    The grass is greener. The lit up exit signs signify how they felt there was more for them outside of the relationship.

    Any help on the second stanza?
    cubbyblueson September 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand when, you're warm enough to share your sheets (If you ever decide to come back)
    bold enough to make believe that I was only there long enough to disappear (Shes making it out to be her fault)
    I'll still, say your name to fall asleep
    over and over a cynic saying rosary (cynic means someone who believes everyone is selfish...so idk, i guess it means he still will love her (say her name to fall asleep) even if they're not together)
    a liar in his make believe (no clue)

    Wow i didnt do a good job but w/e
    tjb83on May 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm going to take a stab at the second verse

    "and when, you're warm enough to share your sheets"
    When she's ready to start anew relationship with someone else. When she's over it.

    "bold enough to make believe that I was only there long enough to disappear"
    By this point she's made herself believe the relationship was not as significant as it was. (i.e. I was only there long enough to disappear = makes herself believe it was over as soon as i started almost.

    "I'll still, say your name to fall asleep"
    Even when she has reached that point, he'll still be in love with her and rely on her memory.

    "over and over a cynic saying rosary; a liar in his make believe"
    Even though he knows there's no hope (is cynical), he'll lie to himself and make himself believe that there is.


    That's my take on it.
    JMenzon December 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionso, we let it go to start again
    knowing now how all our best intentions never lit the world on fire
    and the lights, illuminate the exit signs
    and over the wings the skies an open endless sea, crowding up surrounding me

    and all, of Detroit waves
    goodnight
    spread out
    beneath
    me now
    if I could, if I could change
    believe me
    I would, yes I would (for you)

    and when, you're warm enough to share your sheets
    cold enough to it seem like I was only there long enough to disappear
    I'll still, say your name to fall asleep
    over and over a cynic saying rosary
    a liar in his make believe

    and all, of Detroit waves
    goodnight
    spread out
    beneath
    me now
    if I could, if I could change
    believe me
    I would, yes I would
    and Detroit waves, Detroit waves

    comes around around around
    comes around around around
    comes around around around again

    and Detroit waves,
    goodnight
    spread out
    beneath me now
    if i could
    if I could change
    believe me
    I would
    yes I would, I would

    Detroit waves
    Detroit waves
    therewillbefireworkson March 15, 2010   Link

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