Mississippi's arms move slowly
Bourbon Street on a Sunday afternoon
Beignets, you gotta love these blues
Last week Chicago
Almost froze in place a couple of times
Off to shuttle to a charter
London called at half past nine

I've been around and found
I've walked for miles
On this beaten path and borrowed ground
And it's time to put my feet down
In the company of you

This life is crazy
With weekend stints to Nashville Tennessee
Only want to hold you closer
But Europe's where they're sending me
Oslo to Bergen, Norway
An all night train
Cutting glaciers with the tracks
Back down to Paris
To meet someone and get my clothes back

I've been around and found
I've walked for miles
On this beaten path and borrowed ground
And it's time to put my feet down

You know so much better than I
And sense the things I can't see
And I smile while you throw me a line
All the soul that needs rescuing in me

Angels in Philadelphia
Reflected in the ancient Delaware
Keep the door unlocked I promise
I can be so unaware but

I've been around and found
I've walked for miles
On this beaten path and borrowed ground
And it's time to put my foot down

I've been around and found
I've walked for miles
I've been tired, torn and beaten down
And it's time to build my life around
The company of you


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    General CommentThis is one of GEG’s most straightforward songs, but a great illustration of their ability to tell a story with a few well-chosen words. It is sung by a career-focused woman, an executive in a company with offices across the US and Europe. She travels all over: London, Chicago, Norway, all with distinct impressions and yet blurred together in the hurry of her life.

    As for relationships, she’s the female equivalent of the sailor with a girl in every port. She hangs out with one guy in New Orleans, takes a quick trip to see another in Nashville, has a liaison in Paris (and accidentally leaves clothes behind). She has enjoyed this lifestyle while her love life has been relatively superficial, but now she’s found somebody that she cares for more than her career. Her need for stability begins to overcome her desire for freedom and travel, and this song describes the change in her thinking.

    The ending verses perhaps describe her first extended stay with this guy in Philadelphia. The lines “Keep the door unlocked I promise / I can be so unaware” show that she has trouble adjusting to a more settled kind of life, but may also refer to her lack of emotional openness. Since her past relationships have been mainly physical, she isn’t used to talking about her feelings, something that the guy clearly wants so that he can know her better.

    At the same time, she begins to realize what a toll her unsettled lifestyle has taken on her (“I’ve been tired, torn, and beaten down”). She couldn’t see or admit it to herself while she was in the midst of it, but now she can, and decides that, in spite of the consequences for her career, she needs to slow down.
    zutluvipon April 05, 2006   Link

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