a forgotten whisper screams at me now
so that i don't forget how to sit like a child on my mothers knee
how dare that child be me

and it's trot trot to boston
and trot trot to lynn
and trot all the way home again
but don't let me fall in

Refrain:
cuz im slippin' through your legs
im slippin through your legs
im slippin through your legs
im slippin through your legs...


so race me up the loft
up the ladder until i get lost
and let you be an arms length away
so you can wake me and tell me of the day
and it's trot trot to boston

and trot trot to lynn
and trot all the way home again
but don't let me fall in

Refrain:
cuz im slippin' through your legs
im slippin through your legs
im slippin through your legs
im slippin through your legs...



Bridge:
so where are you going
did you follow me
and how could you see so well.. so well
you are helpless
like a dog that begs
but what did you say when
he pulled it out
did you shout
did you shout
did you...



Refrain:
cuz im slippin' through your legs
im slippin through your legs
im slippin through your legs
im slippin through your legs...



Bridge:
so where are you going
did you follow me
and how could you see so well.. so well
you are helpless
like a dog that begs
but what did you say when
he pulled it out
did you shout
did you shout
did you...


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    General CommentI'm thinking this related to sex.
    dan356on October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking this related to sex.
    dan356on October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the song can be seen in two ways. I'd say it is really not about sex but rather growing up and leaving home.
    "so that i don't forget how to sit like a child on my mothers knee
    how dare that child be me "

    is relating to childhood, etc.
    "and trot trot to lynn
    and trot all the way home again
    but don't let me fall in "

    is about leaving home and living life.

    the chorus "slipping through your legs" is just about childhood slipping away.
    the "race me up the loft" verse also relates to childhood memories.


    If you want to interpret it about sex/relationships you can see that it might be about a guy who is afraid of falling in love.
    "trot trot to boston....don't let me fall in" could relate to a long distance relationship (one where he must travel to these different places to see her) and "don't let me fall in" could mean 'in love'

    this notion is reiterated in "let you be an arms length away so you can wake me and tell me of the day"
    Giffdudon November 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthelpless like a dove at bay*
    DownIsTheNewUpon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcould 'slipping through your legs' possibley be a birth reference?
    DownIsTheNewUpon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really don't think its about sex..but thats just me.
    I like to think that dispatch is above that.

    And I do like to think that the slippin' through your legs is a reference is about growing up/birthing..
    kellysoupcoffeeon May 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely about childhood
    "rot trot to boston
    and trot trot to lynn
    and trot all the way home again
    but don't let me fall in "
    refers to a game that parents play with their children where they pretend to drop them through their legs, which is where they get the "slipping through your legs" bit
    blonde4peaceon October 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe whole song is a play on a nursery rhyme, and how the protagonist doesnt want to grow up, and is looking back at the good times he had. there is nothing about sex, weirdo.

    this is the rhyme:
    Trot, trot, to Boston;
    Trot, trot, to Lynn;
    Trot, trot, to Salem;
    Home, home again.
    Jiggety Jog.

    apparently you guys werent read to as kids.
    Zraon May 14, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningPerhaps its a New England thing, but as a baby/small child parents would sing the nursery rhyme mentioned in other posts while bouncing the kid on their lap.

    Trot trot to Boston
    Trot trot to Lynn
    Watch out little [name]
    Or you might fall in

    On "fall in" they would "drop" the child between their legs (obviously not really drop, but as a kid its like you're falling) and then they catch you.

    Definitely about childhood. I see the "slippin through your legs" as drifting from your parents. Where they used to catch you, you're now on your own.
    guesswho1212on February 15, 2011   Link

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