Everybody is waiting for everybody to get out
I'll join 'em talking 'bout the people everybody talk about
And all the pretty people party while the petty people pout

Pickin' it up but then I put it back down
Pickin' it up but then I put it back down
Pickin' it up but then I put it back down

We could have given up early when it was dark still, not light
Now it's the 48th hour of a two-day night
And all the pretty people party while the petty people fight

Pickin' it up but then I put it back down
Pickin' it up but then I put it back down
Pickin' it up but then I put it back down

A jack-of-all-trades and a master of none
Why do I have to be bored with being foolish and young?
The show isn't over, but I'm long since gone
I feel like I let them down when I don't wanna trade my sunshine for a cloudy night

But everybody's pretending the sun won't ever come out
I'll join 'em talking 'bout whatever everybody talks about
And all the pretty people party while the petty people shout

Pickin' it up but then I put it back down
Pickin' it up but then I put it back down
Pickin' it up but then I put it back down


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    General Commenti think that the lead singer is anorexic and is deciding to eat a taisty sandwich, perhaps some chips. and he cant decide. so he picks it up and then puts it bach down.
    rachaelrach06on September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like it's about a bender to me.

    Gotta watch out when this track comes on when I'm driving...can't help but sing along and speed faster than usual.
    Moses19on April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is about a relationship coming to an end. It should've ended long before now, but it has come this far. He is ready to settle down for a real relationship, but she's still having fun and have fun being foolish and young. But he is "bored with being foolish and young". The pickin' it up, but then put it back down i think refers to him wanting the relationship but wanting to end it. He wants to pick it up and keep it going, but he wants to put it down and let it go.
    the7upguyon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAngst with life, changing one's direction...feeling ambivalent about one's choices/circumstance.

    They used to play this song at Old Navy, that's how I learned of it.
    mmkg_28on January 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMaybe about parties? He thinks they're pointless, but he goes because it's better than nothing. He wishes he could just enjoy himself like everyone else (why do I have to be bored with being foolish and young?) but he thinks it's stupid.

    Maybe his friends make fun of him for not getting trashed with the rest of them (I feel like I've let them down when I don't wanna trade my sunshine for a cloudy night). I think the chorous is about drugs. He almost does it just to fit in, but then decides he really doesn't want to, so he puts it back down.
    evilphrogon June 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the people that think they're so elitist by being part of the quiet out crowd that makes fun of the party people for beign such bigots, and the decision of someone from that group that is willing to put up with the nonsense they feel better than because they know those people have more fun anyways than those petty pouters they really are.
    brian wilsonon December 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAye, yeah I agree with brian wilson on this one...
    Great song, interesting band.
    one_irish_roveron January 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a fun song to dance to. kind of annoying after a while, though.
    chyeahon March 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about people not wanting to grow up and wanting to party but realize that they will soon need to move on and go do some hard work to maybe master some trade.
    supernukeon June 06, 2007   Link

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