"Drilling" as written by and Bayles Johnson....
this is us on a western atlantic coast
with no place to be
just taking in the sea

tonight with a constant buzz
we're staring at the ocean crashing on
all the rocks below
in this foreign home

this old story
when we're gone i feel i'll never miss anyone
and you lay on the grass along the edge

"is this a dream,"
you ask and i don't say anything
because this may be a dream

and we come to this place
like two convicts that have escaped
from the prison of everyday
and for the moment we'll have our stay

this old story
when we're gone i feel i'll never miss anyone
and you lay on the grass along the edge

you know that tomorrow comes like disease to us

from this cliff's edge the gulls fly below us
diving into the sea below us
and i'm not cold tonight beside you, beside you
and we're not cold tonight

this old story
when we're gone i feel i'll never miss anyone
this old story
expatriot, you're coming home


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"Drilling" as written by Johnson Bayles

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    General CommentActually I screwed a couple of the lyrics up, so ill post the corrected ones now.....sorry about that, i tried to do it by ear so it wasnt perfect

    This is us on a Western Atlantic Coast
    With no place to be, just takin in the sea
    Tonight with a constant buzz, staring at the ocean crashing on
    All the rocks below in this foreign home

    This old story,
    When we're gone I feel I'll never miss anyone
    And you lay in the grass along the edge

    Is this a dream,
    You ask and I don't say anything
    'Cuz this may be a dream
    And we come to this place,
    Like two convicts that have escaped
    From the prison of everyday
    And for the moment we'll have our stay

    This old story,
    When we're gone I feel I'll never miss anyone
    And you lay in the grass along the edge

    You know that tomorrow comes like disease to us
    You know that tomorrow comes

    From this cliff's edge,
    The gulls fly below us
    Diving into the sea below us
    And I'm not cold tonight,
    Beside you, beside you
    And we're not cold tonight

    This old story,
    When we're gone I feel I'll never miss anyone
    This old story
    Ex-Patriot, your comin' home
    minus_the_bear942on August 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlol I thought he said Sauna at first too... Such a good song, sounds like he's on Vacation from his everyday life and doesn't want it to end. Like it feels like a dream.
    Anticson September 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song was me last night!
    heyjealousyon September 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt seems almost all songs by MTB are written about vacations, or written on them. They have such fantastic imagery in their lyrics
    mattz123on May 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentis it just me, but it looks like a story line in their songs. i may have the songs in the wrong order, but it seems to me that MTB creates a character (alter ego) guy that starts out hating "office life" then switches to a Bonny and Clyde with some chick he picked up, escapes west through the desert to the west coast with the girl, but it wasn't enough, so he killed her and then a detective sees the crime scene and thinks of his kids and family..... or i could be really stoned.....btw, the following is the tracts in order: The Game Needed Me, Memphis and 53rd, Drilling, The Fix, ?...
    loser4allon October 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to coincide with my life right now, in a few ways. i can't really say much for the parts where he talks on being on a vacation, about the ocean and all that.. but here's how it affects me personally....
    right now i'm completely in love with this girl, and i'm about to move from the town i've lived in for the past 10 years to be with her somewhere else.
    there's alot of things going on between me and my friends i don't feel like explaining in detail, but anyway, the "This old story/when we're gone I feel I'll never miss anyone" pretty much says it for me.
    The "is this a dream" part, to me, speaks of love, of my relationship, as does the rest of the verse. the "for the moment we'll have our stay" line really captures my exact feelings toward whether or not this love will last. there's always the possibility that it won't, but for now we're happy, and that's what matters now.
    "You know tomorrow comes like disease to us" says the same thing, but more in fear than in contentment. it's like saying 'one day this will surely end, one way or another.' and the "i'm not cold tonight beside you" goes back to me being happy with what i have. a little worried at times, but tonight i am fine, everything is in its place.

    anyway that's what this song means to me right now. it's perfect.
    digitalsunriseon May 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"You know that tomorrow comes like disease to us"

    my favorite simile
    malinda_fisheron August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlmao @ loser4all

    i dunno what this song means, but it's awesome.
    topsy_turvyon October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's expatriate, not ex-patriot, btw.

    I think the song might be about the obvious: touring and being away from home, and having tomorrow come imminently to bring them back home.

    Amazing song, amazing band.
    youandme_werekingson November 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just looked in the CD booklet, and yes, it IS expatriate.

    I always wondered about that line, when I thought it was patriot, it never seemed to fit with the rest of the song.

    But now I know.
    rossyvictoron March 24, 2008   Link

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