Woke up with fingers crossed
In a boy's bed with your pants off.
After polite declines of coffee and toast,
walked home itching in last night's clothes.

Past the Phone Booth and the Beauty Bar,
the broken windows of your neighbors' cars.
Through the backdoor to a message from Sis,
asking, "Who was your New Year's kiss?"

Took the afternoon to piece it all,
plus a half a dozen phone calls.
Crashed a party with Larissa and Chris
in pursuit of a New Year's kiss.

Not the way that you'd imagined it.
On a balcony with champagne lips.
But in a pantry against the pancake mix,
you had your New Year's kiss.


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    General Commentmore than just about a new years kiss...
    this girl lost her virginity at a party to a boy she didnt know (hence the impersonal use of the word 'boy' rather than a name) and didnt even remember it. what she had imagined as being fun and romantic (on a balcony with champagne lips), ended up being tacky and awkward.
    crippledmcgimpon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti don´t think, it is girl, that lost her virginity!
    ;-)
    you know!
    halebopp76on December 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobviously about drunk meaningless sex, and the loss of a girls virginity.
    Imonlydancingon January 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhy do you think this song is about a girl losing her virginity?

    its about a girl that goes out looking for a kiss on new years.. gets drunk.. and sleeps with someone she doesnt know.. never says anything about her losing her virginity. (it actually never even says that she had sex.. just because her pants were off doesnt mean she had sex.) but i believe it is implied.
    erinmonsteron April 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthalebopp knows what's up. it's about a BOY who did these things that broke his heart. he's gay - i'm pretty sure.
    JimmieNeverDieson August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEither way, I think this song focuses around a teenagers life, whether it be a boy or girl, and the confusion set around one's own identity. It's true that when we're young, we try to identify ourselves socially to sort of mold ourselves psychologically. The narrator knows this subconsciously, but can't make out what it all means; the confused reference to sex, crashing a party for social acceptance, and the awkward new year's kiss all point out to a confused teens trying to find him/herself. A very realistic song that makes you thankful you survived your teenage years :-p.
    FanoSayson February 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy take is that it is a girl who is the subject. "Woke up with fingers crossed" makes me think of an unprotected sexual encounter with the typical teenage reaction to hope that nothing goes wrong.

    i think it's also about the way new year symbolises the hope of a new beginning and new possibilities. the crashing of the party, is the lure of the unknown and the hope that she'll meet someone there that will fulfil her dreams. of course, it didn't work out that way so she just made do with a random guy.
    thewahwahon May 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI get the impression it's about a girl who's slept with a boy.
    1. Girls call them boys, I think gay guys call them guys.
    2. Sis' don't care what brothers do on NYE, but they might ask about their own sis, especially if they're younger.
    3. Young guys don't drink champagne. Girls drink.
    4. The intention is a kiss, which obviously ended up going considerably further, Guys don't want a kiss, they want a Home Run. Girls want a kiss, for the romance.

    So that's why I think the story is about a girl.
    Meroon June 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love it when you recognize places in songs. I spent 3 months in San Francisco this year and walked past the Phone Booth and the Beauty Bar on Mission a dozen times and now the song's atmosphere is even stronger.
    Anyway. I have to second thewahwah's idea about the song's protagonist crossing her fingers, hoping she didn't get pregnant.
    thehazyjaneon September 21, 2008   Link

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