When I'm on will you leave me on?
When I'm on will you leave me on?
And when I'm down will you let me get under?

Take cover, can't hide without a house
Newspapers blow over
Can't walk past the driveway without asking for direction
So full of stupid questions

When the daylight's like fluorescent light
I'm gonna take my time night by night
When the daylight's like fluorescent light
I hang my hands over your eyes to hide

When I'm on will you rescue me?
I watch that telethon
Got hung up on the word, I can't get it over
Soldier

When she says nothing is enough
She doesn't mean, don't try to fix it
Make plans with your other hand
Dream without concession

When the daylight's like fluorescent light
I'm gonna take my time night by night
When the daylight's like fluorescent light
I hang my hands over your eyes
I hang my hands over your eyes to hide

Bruised Billy Joel, "New York State Of Mind"
Bruised Billy Joel, "New York State Of Mind"
Bruised Billy Joel, "New York State Of Mind"
Take cover, take pleasure


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"Telethon" as written by Emily Haines

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  • +2
    General Commenti think its about getting clean.
    dustybreezeon May 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the line is
    "when she says nothing is enough, she doesn't mean don't try to fix it."

    this song would be a good Metric song on the next album. i can here the potential whenever i listen to it.

    it's seems to be another song about the hypocrisy of life and i really don't know. she seems to be dependant on someone as she judges the world. pretty hypocritical, there. but such a pretty song, as always.
    tinylittlewordson June 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCORRECT LYRICS:

    When I'm on will you leave me on?
    When I'm on will you leave me on?
    And when I'm down will you let me get under?

    Take cover.
    Can't hide without a house.
    News papers blow over.
    Can't walk passed the driveway without asking for direction.
    So full of stupid questions.

    When the daylight's like florecent light,
    I'm gunna take my time. Night by night.
    When the daylight's like florecent light,
    I hang my hands over your eyes to hide.

    When I'm on will you rescue me?
    I watch that telethon.
    Got hung up on the word I can't get it over, soldier.
    When she said nothing is enough.
    She doesn't mean don't try to fix.
    Make plans with your other hand.
    Dream without consession.

    When the daylight's like florecent light,
    I'm gunna take my time. Night by night.
    When the daylight's like florecent light,
    I hang my hands over your eyes.
    I hang my hands over your eyes to hide.

    Bruised Billy Joel New York state of mind.
    Bruised Billy Joel New York state of mind.
    Bruised Billy Joel New York state of mind.
    Take cover.
    Take pleasure.
    autyboton November 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is beautiful.
    dustybreezeon March 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone know what she means when she says "Dream without concession" ?
    curlyheadedfuckon August 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the lyrics, when you wrote: "and when I'm down will you let me get older?", Emily Haines actually says: "and when I'm down will you let me get under?"

    Also, in the part where she sings: "I hang my hands over your eyes tonight", its actually: "I hang my hands over your eyes to hide."

    Listen carefully.
    krogomezon June 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are so wrong....
    autyboton November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me, this song is about.. a lover letting her down..having to leave
    and her trying to shield herself from the truth.
    sweetnothing6on August 17, 2011   Link

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