"Detroit Has a Skyline" as written by Laura Jane Ballance, James August Wilbur, Jonathan Patrick Wurster and Ralph Lee Mccaughan....
As soon as I got home
Reached out for the phone (foam)
Drank my sleep from a can
Playing track 6 and track 7, again and again

I had a crush
Nothing works out
Well I had faith
Could not have known; don't even say it

Meet me again, maybe one mile high
Meet me again, and I won't flake this time
Meet me again, maybe a year from now
Meet me again, I think we both remember how

It was no architect designed this view
He could not have known about you
Mousy homes, catacombs
Detroit has a skyline too
Detroit has a skyline too

I had a crush
Nothing works out
Well I had faith
Could not have known; don't even say it


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"Detroit Has a Skyline" as written by Jonathan Patrick Wurster James August Wilbur

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    General Commenti can't believe no one's commented on this song yet. it's amazing.

    i've only heard the version on "cup of sand," but ever since the first listening, i'm blown away by the emotion of the lead singer's voice as he rants these simplistic, begging lyrics to his audience.

    it's pretty self-explanatory; it's about fucking up a relationship (possibly due to chasing after another person you thought was worth it) but wanting to get back together and try to work things out.

    i'm just now getting into superchunk. and i likes what i hears.
    -xo, tyler.
    LateNiteBedroomPopon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation is that it's about a guy who screws up a relationship when he becomes infatuated by another woman because of her "skyline." When it doesn't work out, he realizes that his original lover had everything he saw in the other woman.

    It's kind of a grass-is-always-greener analogy.

    I have certainly made such moronic choices in my life so the song resonates for me. I love it.
    wetdog2on October 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI heard the acoustic version first and fell in love with it. Then I got Here's Where The Strings Come In and heard the electric version, which I like about a billion times more. The acoustic version is for when I'm sad and the album version is for when I feel like going crazy. True love.
    lepidoptera3on April 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh wow, i cant believe that there are so little comments too. i'm just learning about superchunk, i heard a cover of this song by jesse lacey and fell in love with it, i gotta check out more of their songs
    thestormlscomingon November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother one of those bands I discovered watching the Brendan Leonard Show, like The Lone Winters and Built to Spill.

    This is such a sad song, for many reasons
    fewerbrokenpieceson January 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti got into this from brendan leonard too!! glad i'm not the only one haha i also love the lone winters..oh good ol brendan.
    bestwombat11on October 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti mean the long winters
    bestwombat11on October 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhat do the song lyrics have to do with detroit?
    diehardon July 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, Mac is the lyricist, and generally the song writer in general; however, he gives credit to all his band mates for their musical contributions in creating their parts. I'm glad people are rediscovering this band. To me, they WERE the 90's (and beyond). Anyway, I really feel like you guys have had some really good thoughts as to what this song is about. When he says "I had a crush but nothing works out," it just rips me apart. One of these days, when I see them in concert again, I'll ask Mac what album track 6 and 7 are from.
    joe1133247on May 05, 2014   Link

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