"We Used to Vacation" as written by and Matthew Aveiro Nathan Willet....
I kissed the kids at noon
Then stumbled out the room
I caught a cab, ran up a tab
On 7th and Flower

Best recital, I had to run
Missed my son's graduation
Punched the Nickle's boy
For taking his seat
He gets all that anger from me

Still things could be much worse
Natural disasters on the evening news
Still things could be much worse
We still got our health
My paycheck in the mail

I promised to my wife and children
I'd never touch another drink
As long as I live but even then
It sounds so soothing
This will blow over in time
This will all blow over in time

I'm just an honest man
Provide for me and mine
I give a check to tax deductible
Charity organizations

Two weeks paid vacation
Won't heal the damage done
I need another one

Still things could be much worse
Natural disasters on the evening news
Still things could be much worse
We still got our health
My paycheck in the mail

I promised to my wife and children
I'd never touch another drink
As long as I live but even then
It sounds so soothing to mix a gin
And sink into oblivion

I promised to my wife and children
That accident left everyone a little shook up
But at the meetings I felt so empty
This will blow over in time
This will all blow over in time


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"We Used to Vacation" as written by Matthew Aveiro Nathan Willet

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  • +2
    General Commentvery poignant writing. a song about a man looking back on his childhood and his father's alcohol addiction, but seeing the situation from his father's perspective in an attempt to jusitfy his behavior. in the same vein as death cab's "styrofoam plates", but with less animosity and more empathy on the part of the singer.
    rav4guyon August 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have the album version and it's definety mix a gin.
    Stefan_Con January 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo help clarify: there is an early (pre-album) version of the song that has the lyrics "to mix a drink", which then got changed to "mix a gin". I have that earlier song, and so can confirm this.
    jengroffon February 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalcohol ruins families :)
    coldwarkidon May 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song title alone is great.
    seethesailboaton July 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationDefinitely think it's about a dad/husband struggling with a serious drinking problem. As for the lyrics mentioning the "Nichol's boy"

    "...missed my son's graduation
    punched the Nichols boy for taking his seat
    he gets all that anger from me..."

    As far as him missing his son's graduation, I think he was there but his was plastered and mentally missed it.

    I think this is another example of how his drinking problem has effed up a family event. When he went to his son's graduation, this Nichol's kid either took his son's literal seat (a chair) or took his son's rank in school and he punched him b/c of it. As for the next line, his son has pretty much "inhereted" his father's short temper as well.
    erinnalexison March 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm..reminds me of wilco...definitely sounds like somethin jeff tweedy coulda wrote but thats okay cause its pretty sweet
    TransparentSunChildon November 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line about ""tax deductible charity organizations"" may be a reference to Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man", which is about a man whose psychological wellbeing is collapsing in on him while various characters taunt him, despite his attempts to fit into certain social circles.

    Dylan's lyrics read:
    "But nobody has any respect
    Anyway they already expect you
    To just give a check
    To tax-deductible charity organizations"
    goodreverendon December 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment---------------
    by rav4guy on 08-12-2006 @ 10:40:29 PM
    very poignant writing. a song about a man looking back on his childhood and his father's alcohol addiction, but seeing the situation from his father's perspective in an attempt to jusitfy his behavior. in the same vein as death cab's "styrofoam plates", but with less animosity and more empathy on the part of the singer.
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    I agree that it's poignant, but rav4, I'm curious--what makes you think this is the son, not the father? The lyrics themselves seem to be pretty clearly in the first person, and I can't find anything in the song that makes it sound like the speaker isn't truly the one battling the alcohol addiction. On the contrary, lines like "It sounds so soothing / to mix a gin / and sink into oblivion" would take some pretty serious getting-into-his-shoes-ness for a kid tell a parent who missed graduations, ruined recitals, and got into an accident that "left everyone a little shook up."

    I once was that kid. And the accident left me shook up enough that I can't imagine gin-mixing being anything but nauseating, let alone soothing.

    I think this has got to be the dad.
    Iggion December 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is "mix a drink" not "mix a gin"..he says it clearly in all 3 versions of the song that i have.

    and, nate [the singer] is telling a story here. he is not the father character.
    laura_anne_rockon January 16, 2007   Link

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