"In The Kitchen" as written by and Jacob Allen Cinninger Brendan H Bayliss....
It was cold in the kitchen and the lights were low
As winter slowly stumbled home
The air felt different and it started to show
As every breath resembled smoke
I was short on opinions and I wanted to know
If you'd still be here tomorrow
'Cause it was cold in the kitchen and the lights were low
As winter wrapped around Chicago

The T.V.'s on too much
And I don't ever think enough
About the things that matter most
And what could make me old

And there's no argument
For wasting time much better spent
Complacently replacing a melody with soul

I don't expect to smile when I get home
The blankets that I stole should keep you warm
I hope there's not enough to fill the void
I'm further from the source to feel (the floor?)

It was cold in the kitchen and the lights were low
As winter slowly stumbled home
The air felt different and it started to show
As every breath resembled smoke
I was short of opinions and I wanted to know
If you'd still be here tomorrow
'Cause it was cold in the kitchen and the lights were low
As winter wrapped around Chicago

The T.V.'s on too much
And I don't ever think enough
About the things that matter most
And what could make me old


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"In the Kitchen" as written by Jacob Allen Cinninger Brendan H Bayliss

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    General CommentActually, this song is called "In the Kitchen", "Bullhead City" is usually an acoustic song Umphrey's sings with his Elliot Peck ( Brendan's ex-wife), due to their divorce Bullhead city is not really played anymore.
    umphreak33xon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is simply the best song ever.
    hands down, my favorite chicago/south bend band.

    i think this song could possibly be about a guy- most likely brendan bayless- having so many things going on in his life or the fact that he's not addressing the things he needs to most, plus also having to keep a relationship with someone when it is clear you both aren't that happy.
    juliannasilo x3on November 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat band, i really wanna see them live
    strangedayson May 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentand there's no argument
    for wasting time much better spent
    complacently replacing a melody with smoke
    I think that's about smoking up until you can't remember something that you don't want to remember.
    KKatieMAYHEMon October 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt first I thought it was kinda about smokin up and all that shit mentioned above, but I believe that juliannasilo x3 has gotten closest to the truth of the matter. The line that really did it for me was :

    "The blankets that I stole should keep you warm"
    (along with, "I don't expect a smile when I get home")

    My original interpretation of this line was something along the lines of: Hey I stole theses blankets for you! after thinking about it more though, I realized it was about a fighting couple. She would always complain about him "stealing the blankets" so now that he left (she left?) she can have the blankets she bitched about all to herself.

    The opening stanza reinforces my belief that this song is about a breakup. By the time that winter got to chicago, It was already cold in the kitchen. Every breath resembling smoke could be interpreted as people smoking up, but it doesn't say every breath was smoke, it says resembles. To me, that creates an image of misty breath when it's cold. So every thing they say to each other is cold. "... I wanted to know if you'd still be here tomorrow" speaks for itself.

    As for, "I hope you never find to fill the hole/ I'm further from the source to fell the floor," I haven't quite puzzled out yet. Let me know if you have any input, I'll let you know if I come up with anything.

    Overall, I think this song is about a girlfriend (or perhaps Brendan's wife) always bitching all the time "The T.V.'s on too much", etc. I think eventually he got pissed and left. Or perhaps she left him, and he's rationalizing it, justifying it, trying to make himself feel better/accepting of the breakup.
    TheyTookRufuson March 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI just wanted to point out the literal meaning of this song which is a poor couple living in Chicago as the winter approaches.

    There is an abstract meaning but I don't have time to analyze it.
    bkabbotton June 17, 2014   Link
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    General Commentthis song isnt called in the kitchen it is called Bullhead City. i dont actually know what this song means but i think that they are trying to say that have just been spending all of their time smoking. i am most likely wrong though
    franktt6on October 14, 2006   Link

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