"One by One" as written by and Marinus J A C/kuijten Verkuylen....
Now my dead end street
Is a cul-de-sac
For every acre gone
There's five new Cadillac's
Well I know I'm too young
To get so damn strung out by all that

But all our small-town stores
Have got new big-name signs
And the sky gets tangled
In new telephone lines
I dial three more numbers
For the same old friends of mine

Don't go changing on me
Don't go rearranging
Don't go changing on me now

How long
Till every single star is gone
One by one
They leave you when your day is done

It's always pop-star stories
On my TV screen
Who slept with who and where
And why it wasn't what it seemed
I listened all day
And still the radio played
The same three things

Don't go changing on me
Don't go rearranging
Don't go changing on me now

How long
Till every single star is gone
One by one
They leave you when your day is done

Wait!
Hold up the fading sky
It's hard to feel real
With all this light in your eyes
Wait!
Save a fading star
One by one
I wonder where they
Are

How long
Till every single star is gone
One by one
They leave you when your day is done
One by one
They leave you when your day is done
One by one
They leave you when your day is done


Lyrics submitted by bradfordjohnson

"One by One" as written by Marinus J A C Verkuylen Benjamin I Ben Kuijten

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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    General CommentI was talking with Joe after a show and he told me that this song is about light pollution, but I dont know if he was being serious or not. I guess he was and the lines...

    Wait!
    Hold up the fading sky
    It's hard to feel real
    With all this light in your eyes
    Wait!
    Save a fading star
    One by one
    I wonder where they are


    I mean it's obviously a double meaning, with the more technology that the world crams into our daily lives, the further away we get from our reality and the more time we spend just trying to keep up. But he parallels that with light pollution and it's pretty brillent, in my opinion at least. I wish more people could hear this song and this band...
    osubuckeye4on April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with you- Hedges is a genius when it comes to lyrics and I wish these guys would get the credit they deserve.
    FreebishForKingson June 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the song isnt just specificly talking JUST about the street lights.

    I also think he could be talking about his home town he grew up in.
    And how it started out as a comfterbale small town. Then people from a bigger city come down and take over all the beautiful farm land and trees to replace it with stores and other things to do with bussiness.
    ajslikes2argueon March 19, 2008   Link

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