"Portland Is Leaving" as written by and Rocky Votolato....
Come along with me now cause there are things I've been
Dying to tell you
The best of the worst things that you never
Needed to know

This is the kind of comedy where no one's
Laughing, cause it's hard to
I'm a punch line who's punch-drunk
With my fist in a broken mirror

There's a party nearby
I can hear
Laughter in the distance and it all comes clear
Sounds to simple

Love is the only answer
Everything else is just a train wreck
I'm gonna stay up all night every night for the rest of my life
'Til

The lines around my eyes grow deeper and more defined
You might
Ask me aren't you dead inside and so damn tired
I'll say I have no

Idea I'm not sleeping until after the dying is over
I can hear laughter
In the distance and it all comes clear
Sounds to simple

Love is the
Only answer
When love's a train wreck you're a mistake


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"Portland Is Leaving" as written by Rocky Votolato

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    General Comment"Love is the only answer/everything else is just a trainwreck"
    One of my favorite Rocky songs. This line just means a lot to me.
    deepanddownon April 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy first rocky song, and i am in love. his voice is perfect.
    fireplaceon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhy is there no comments ?! best.
    __angieslaughteron June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's totally obvious and I'm a little bit blind and stupid today, but I don't get the message and I don't understand the point of the last sentence... and all in all, I don't understand the whole text.
    So shame on me and I'd like to hear an explanation.
    Freizeitganovinon September 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti heard this song for the first time a couple weeks ago and fell in love with it in literally two seconds of hearing it.

    I love how he goes from saying "love is the only answer / everything else is just a train wreck"
    to "sounds to simple / love is the only answer / when love's a train wreck you're a mistake"

    It seems like he is taking back his words and deciding that we want the only answer to be love; but, in reality that isn't the case and that love can't be the only asnwer, as much as we all want it to be. Sometimes love actually becomes a trainwreak because we try so hard to make it perfect and exactly how it "should" be.

    no matter what though, this is a beautiful song, so much emotion and truth to it.
    ihopeyoucatchmeon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti heard this song for the first time a couple weeks ago and fell in love with it in literally two seconds of hearing it.

    I love how he goes from saying "love is the only answer / everything else is just a train wreck"
    to "sounds to simple / love is the only answer / when love's a train wreck you're a mistake"

    It seems like he is taking back his words and deciding that we want the only answer to be love; but, in reality that isn't the case and that love can't be the only asnwer, as much as we all want it to be. Sometimes love actually becomes a trainwreak because we try so hard to make it perfect and exactly how it "should" be.

    no matter what though, this is a beautiful song, so much emotion and truth to it.
    ihopeyoucatchmeon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs it a harmonica or an accordian in this song?
    Is it bad that I can't tell?
    fauxmat27on March 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit's a harmonica. i adore this song. favorite line: "im not sleeping until after the dying is over" i feel like this song is expressing how the simple pleasures in life are the best, and the only thing that really makes sense in this life is love, and when love becomes a trainwreck, "you" become a mistake just like everything else.

    also, based on my favorite line, i feel like he thinks that sleeping is pointless since we need to enjoy every minute of those simple pleasures.

    i also love the random talking in the background at the end.
    alaskaloveron June 08, 2008   Link

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