cap & gown in purple & gold
you're 22 years old & a woman now you're told
Aunt Beth & Charlie cut a check for the graduating niece
& you marked your independence with a signature on a lease
but home was a photograph you taped to your wall
it's gonna be a cold white Christmas in St Paul

beer for breakfast who's gonna scold
you've got your early hours dulled by the cigarettes you rolled
second shift as a fry cook that's your holiday in grease
& you trudge to work through the snow in a coat down to your knees
& you linger at the twinkle lights as you pass by the mall
& count the days to a cold white Christmas in St Paul

feather down the nights get so cold
& you ignore the smell of mold as you smooth out the folds
when you're on your own you've got no one to please
in a Minnesota city just as bare & as mean as the winter trees
but you'll be damned if you're the one making collect calls
on a cold white Christmas in St Paul
yeah it's a cold white Christmas in St Paul


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    General Commentgood!
    icicleson March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts about how hard is growing up. But no matter how hard it gets, the person just won't go back home.
    ismatikon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgoing off on your own and the confusion that comes with it...

    "you marked your independence with a signature on a lease" - responsibility
    "you've got your early hours dulled by the cigarettes you rolled" - rolling cigarettes is cheaper than buying packs... worrying about money for the first time...
    "second shift as a fry cook that's your holiday in grease" - spending all that time in school and then having to work a shit job to make a living... Job market flooded with college educated workers, so all that money spent on school was worthless...
    "you ignore the smell of mold as you smooth out the folds/when you're on your own you've got no one to please - firstly being too poor for laundry, but also the depression associated with the way this person is living. No family, no friends, no money, no future.
    crippledmcgimpon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's Christmas and this recent college graduate is on her own for the first time and she's a bit lost and lonely. Her life is not shaping up as well as she might have expected. She misses her family, but doesn't want to admit it. "But you'll be damned if you're the one making collect calls on a cold white Christmas in St Paul.
    never_say_foreveron February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Beer For Breakfast" is a song by the Replacements, which is more or less a song about being a broke post-adolescent in Minneapolis. I'm not sure if this was a deliberate reference, but it could have been.
    Keterianon March 05, 2009   Link

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