I scratched my name into the table
The knife and phone just fucking lay there

I orchestrate a day of routine elements
These letters are so old and faded

And in the end we'll burn in history
I'll take a chance and fall in love tonight.
I'm lost and found. So lost again.
I wonder as I'm wandering.
I don't worry when I'm wandering

I used to paint myself with sentiment
But all my colors always turned to gray
I spent the night out on the wire again
But I wasn't looking for a savior

Great lake
I don't need a great escape
Tonight
I've got this city on my side

And in the end we'll burn in history
I could fall in love with her tonight
I'm lost and found
So lost again
Nothing to do but keep on wandering

We can live with our mistakes
All my friends are going out tonight
And I can't sit here just waiting for another day
To die

Fuck all this ancient history


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Great Lakes/Great Escapes song meanings
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    General Commentthese lyrics are wrong...
    ll_sara_llon March 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSorry, I was trying to make them out without a lyric sheet. How about telling me what corrections I need to make?
    punkpirateon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI scratched my name into the table.
    The knife and phone just fucking lay there.

    I orchestrate a day of routine elements.
    These letters are so old and faded.

    And in the end we'll burn in history
    I'll take a chance and fall in love tonight.
    I'm lost and found. So lost again.
    I wonder as I'm wandering.
    (I don't worry when I'm wandering)

    I used to paint myself with sentiment.
    But all my colors always turned to gray.
    I spent the night out on the wire again.
    But I wasn't looking for a savior.

    Great lake--I don't need a great escape.
    Tonight. I've got this city on my side.

    And in the end we'll burn in history.
    I could fall in love with her tonight.
    I'm lost and found. So lost again.
    Nothing to do but keep on wandering.

    We can live with our mistakes.
    All my friends are going out tonight.
    And I can't sit her just waiting for another day to die..

    fuck all this ancient history


    I won't post alot about this song because if I wanted to post about every Lawrence Arms song that has great lyrics I could spent the rest of eternity staring at this monitor, and working these finger tips into giant callouses, so I'll just repeat two lines from this song that move me.


    I'll take a chance and fall in love tonight.

    And I can't sit here waiting for another day to die.

    (This whole album literally gives me goosebumps when I listen to it.)
    R2kon March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics to this song are awesome! It seems like it's about getting over a relationship that has ended.

    I scratched my name into the table.
    The knife and phone just fucking lay there.

    I orchestrate a day of routine elements.
    These letters are so old and faded.

    - Whoever Brendan and Chris are singing about just sits around the house all day waiting for something to happen, but they aren't doing anything about it. All they think about is about the past, and how bad their present lives are.


    And in the end we'll burn in history
    I'll take a chance and fall in love tonight.
    I'm lost and found. So lost again.
    I wonder as I'm wandering.
    (I don't worry when I'm wandering)

    - It's basically how a person may feel after a relationship has ended. Now everything is just another moment in the past. The only time they don't think about it is when they're just floating through life.

    I used to paint myself with sentiment.
    But all my colors always turned to gray.
    I spent the night out on the wire again.
    But I wasn't looking for a savior.

    - He feels as if all the ways he's expressed himself are meaningless. Now he's acting reckless, but he doesn't care.


    Great lake--I don't need a great escape.
    Tonight. I've got this city on my side.

    -He realizes that there isn't any need to keep dwelling on the past, there's an entire city full of opportunities.

    And in the end we'll burn in history.
    I could fall in love with her tonight.
    I'm lost and found. So lost again.
    Nothing to do but keep on wandering.

    - The past is still the past. He wants to fall in love again, but he still feels lost so he goes on doing nothing.



    We can live with our mistakes.
    All my friends are going out tonight.
    And I can't sit her just waiting for another day to die..

    Everyone has things in their past they regret doing, but still go on with their life. He starts wanting to do something with his life.


    fuck all this ancient history
    - Fuck the past. What's done is done, and there's nothing you or anyone else can do about it, so get over it and move on.
    tngbnhdon December 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthey this song rocks! it sounds gud
    shanimal_caton December 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love how this song just rocks all the way to the end, you're rocking at the verse then you're rocking at the chorus, and the finale 'fuck all this ancient history' kicks ass
    stuntcockon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI remember playing this song getting psyched up for a date once.
    ikickedagirlon December 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgreaaaaaaaaaaat song!
    BearsAndBeetson June 27, 2010   Link

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