"Beautiful Mistake" as written by and Matthew Pryor....
This scene is a hard sell
Patience is underwhelming
Besides you don't want to sleep up late
Midnight on a dirt road
Breathe broken manifold
Time is part of my history

Long days full of bad notes translates to a bad joke
This will be my legacy one day
If I don't have a life to show, put this on my tombstone
Dialer's almost dead, I've gotta let you go
Hang my head next to the phone
Seems so long ago

Looking back on a long night
Sounds bad in the harsh light
At least it's with a document
Of what we were simpler than

I see clearly now, never will escape
Once we took the time to make a beautiful mistake
Baby, I'll take this all forever
Tonight I'll see with clarity right where we belong
Never would go wrong

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"Beautiful Mistake" as written by Matthew Pryor


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    General CommentActually, I disagree. I think this is written about Matt's time with The Get Up Kids. See, look at the first verse. In an interview in AP magazine during their farewell tour, they told a story about their first tour ever. Jim drove the van over a pothole and broke the manifold, so it started pumping fumes into the van. They had to drive from Kansas City to Chicago with the windows down (hence the "Breathe broken manifold") line. Then "part of my history" line, that's pretty obvious.

    Then in the next verse, the line of "Long days full of bad notes" likely refers to when the band was first getting started

    Then, at the end he says "I see clearly now, I never will escape. Once we took the time to make a beautiful mistake." I think that's the central theme of the entire song, which is to say that he's afraid that his long legacy as The Get Up Kids' frontman will overshadow any future endeavors, including The New Amsterdams, but he doesn't regret that time. Hence, "The Beautiful Mistake."
    rwiggumon March 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is an amazing song.

    I think it's about a guy who breaks up with a girl, and then thinks about later on, and realizes that even though it didn't work, it was beautiful.
    RavenSanon October 17, 2007   Link

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