Several days a month you made
The mile to my house,
And had me do a stroll with you.

Far below a furry moon
Our purposes crossed
The weird divide
Between our kinds

The silver leaves of ailing trees
Took flights as we passed so long ago
But a short time i know.

It pleases me this memory
Has swollen up with age.
Even time can do
Good things to you.


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    General Commentmodern day poets.they should get a good publisher.
    kaatrienon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song about nostalgia. A lot of people have been talking about the last four lines, which I agree do an amazing job of conveying the emotion of nostalgia. Even if something was fairly routine when it happened, the memory of it can sometimes grow in your mind and take on an even greater importance retrospectively. We expect time to make our memories weaker, so the last four lines reflect on the positive aspect of nostalgia.

    But I also love the two lines before it, which people haven't mentioned as much. The leaves... "took flight as we passed so long ago / but a short time I know"

    This is the sadder half of nostalgia. Sometimes the emotion of the memory can make it seem like it took place ages ago, even though intellectually you're aware that it wasn't that long ago. I love the line "but a short time, I know." Even while he's cherishing this pleasant memory, he's aware that it's part of a much larger life full of experiences that will continue for many years, and that in the long run this will only be small part of his life. But it still seems so big right now.
    RaceYouAnyTimeon December 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSomething about Mercer's ability to take the music and paint so vividly simple experiences
    mrtrouton May 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree, these lyrics are amazing.
    agnostic_rabbion June 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentand the harmonies in the background are amazing. i reckon they are one of the best bands in the world
    SCRMNGRon May 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to be about the singer reflecting on a brief and kind of awkward romance between him and someone he may not really have been into but it's a fond memory he has nonetheless.
    sloopon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really neat, I think (and so everyone else that's posted here).

    "even time can do/good things to you."

    This seems a strange line to me, but I like it.
    Sloop's interpretation with this line: Maybe the narrator knows that he's forgotten why the relationship didn't last, but he can't help going back to liking the adressed.

    Maybe. Maybe I'm full of crap.
    (Shins = fantastic)
    Peace.
    Greyshoeson December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like that he thought so much of such a simple thing and how as time went by it became even more important to him. "it pleases me this memory / has swollen up with age." This song is really thoughtful and peaceful.

    This song kinda reminds me a bit of a Dave Matthews Band song called the best of what's around. In it he says "turns out not where but who you're with that really matters." That's one of my favorite quotes ever.
    polarbears?on July 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat a fantastic song. lovely imagery, the shins have a real knack for that.

    anyhow, it seems to me like he's seeing someone that, for whatever reason, it might be taboo or wrong for him to meet. that's kinda vague, but it's what "the weird divide between our kinds" seems to imply.

    my favorite line is "even time can do good things to you." not sure what those things are... wisdom I suppose? learning from your mistakes? improving with practice?
    sharkswithkniveson December 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentah, memories.
    subterranean_summeron January 06, 2006   Link

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