Listen up kid
It’s not what you think
Staying up too late
Had a little too much to drink
Walked home across the bridge
When the Marquee shut down
There’s a reason that I love this town

Nobody cares how much money you have
If you’ve got enough to get in a cab
There’ll be drinks on the house if your house burns down
There’s a reason that I love this town

I saw your band in the early days
We all understand why you moved away
We’ll hold a grudge anyway

I shot the shit with Miniature Tim
If he needs a tune, then I’ll write one for him
We like the same books and we like the same sounds
There’s a reason that I love this town

I played a show
In Kelowna last year
They said pick it up Joel
We’re dying in here
Picture one hand clapping
And picture half that sound
There’s a reason that I hate that town

If you saw my band in the early days
Then you’ll understand why we moved away
But you’ll hold a grudge anyway
Because it’s fun

Davey and me
Face down in our soup
In some French restaurant
Outside Riviere Du Loup
Last night out on tour
We burned the place to the ground
There’s a reason that I love this town
There’s a reason that I love this town
There’s a reason that I love this town


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    General CommentLove This Town is Joel's Love Letter to Halifax (Piggy reference). A lot of this is really Halifax imagery like the Marquee, a venue, which has shut down for good and now can be rented once in awhile.

    The holding a grudge thing is basically a reference to Sloan and the backlash they recieved for moving on to Toronto.

    The Davey and me part refers to Dave Marsh, Joel's drummer. During the tour they were both really sick.
    billboneson August 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song while I was away from home in NS in Ottawa and it was played as an encore at JP's show. 2/3 of the audience were from the maritimes and there was this incredible hush over the whole audience as we all were mesmorized by Joel and his guitar on starage singing this one solo. It was one of the most memorable concert moments ever.
    miggity_melon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti lived in halifax for a year, and this song always takes me back there. i love that town...
    ...and i melton February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjoel played this song yesterday in pei... he said that he wrote a new verse last week and played it for us, i dont quite remember the lyrics though. who knows if he will even keep it.

    great song though! i always laugh at the verse about kelowna!
    allouttaangston February 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcould miniature tim be a tim hortons reference...cause if so that'd be awesome....as well the first bit sounds like some good east coast fun times and hospitality....he must have had a bad experience in kelowna eh!!!
    kevinfromcanadaon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, I think this song is more about Dartmouth, (a city directly across the harbour, from halifax.). you can leave the Marquee Club and cross the MacDonald Bridge and be in Dartmouth.(the bridge line in the song.) He is from Dartmouth, so I could see the town he sings about is Dartmouth.
    Chilli220on March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's all the same. The lyrics are self explanatory, he likes Halifax and teh greater Halifax area.
    McCluskeyon April 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdartmouth/halifax is an awesome place. im so proud that joel is from there. this song shows the pride he has for our city
    supersonic39on November 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfor guy who said he probly wrote it about dartmouth halifax and dartmouth are pretty much the same place anyways/ this is a bomb song especialy for ppl who love that shit
    robertson14on August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMiniture tim is a real person, who once came up on stage during a show. Joel said so during the concert at alderny landing.

    This is a sweeet song.
    omicronon September 14, 2007   Link

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