We, before there was we
she only she, me merely me
lonely only...in our diaries

Walking, walk, walking away
just to lift a leg to start is the hardest part
I turn and trip on my clumsy heart
I always trip on my clumsy heart

...we were in two halves, we didn't quite match
she ground down my corners, kissed me for the foreigners spilling their drinks down the nicest clothes they packed

She's always just inches from me
inches on a map, distance or destiny
will you will, will me away
"goodbye" is no good, time to say who should stay
I know a dive hiring nights near Japantown

We, then there was we
calls only calls, cellular fees
we tragically reread entries...in our diaries

We were terminal at the terminal
we shed all out metal, kissed me for the federales
scanning our bags for contraband and blades


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    General Commentdive hiring nights:

    a place that has open shifts during the night that they're currently hiring for. um, yeah.

    I don't have a problem with 'decomposer'... it's just different than e von dahl... give it up already people.

    the song starts out when they're seperate, each with their lonely diaries. and at the end, it comes together nicely when they're left once again with their diaries, now full of the things they did when they were a "we." I think it's about touring or have to constantly be gone for some other reason. annnd how that just doesn't work when you're trying to have a relationship with someone else.
    nikki04on October 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It is so me...
    xxomfg_its_erinxxon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti basically love this song. i don't think the lyrics need to be deciphered.
    alisaleion October 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite lines from this song are "goodbye is no good, some sailors should stay (i know a dive hiring nights near japan town)". it's kind of like "please don't leave pleaseplease, i know where you can get a job pleaaseee".
    sampintoknowsitallon November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe SFH and the boys fucked this song up so badly. Anyone who heard the original back in the days of the Locals knows how this song is SUPPOSED to sound. Thank god I have several CDs of old Locals tracks...I also think the original What Katie Said, Jackslap Pioneer, and Superman are all far superior to the versions released on albums. Damn...I can't believe it's been four and a half years since the first time I saw these guys play. I liked them better back then, before the egos.
    ButterflyInReverseon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know a dive hiring nights near Japantown

    I dont under stand this line...

    dive hiring nights?
    ETFCrashandBurnon March 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI know a dive hiring nights near Japantown

    I dont under stand this line...

    dive hiring nights?
    ETFCrashandBurnon March 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhere can i get the LOCALS album??!!
    AMTILTSTHEMATCHESon March 12, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about a long distance relationship, and the difficulties involved within one of such. Especially when you're trying to break it off.

    "We, before there was we
    she only she, me merely me
    lonely only...in our diaries"

    A lot of times when you're feeling down, the situation isn't as bad as you make it out to sound in your livejournal, blog, diary, whatever. hence "only in our diaries"

    "...we were in two halves, we didn't quite match
    she ground down my corners, "
    Sometimes when you're in a relationship after awhile you realise that perhaps the other person isn't right for you... yet still you try to make it work, usually by changes yourself into something you aren't really, or perhaps by being changed by someone else, hence the ground my corners part.
    "kissed me for the foreigners spilling their drinks down the nicest clothes they packed" Yet when you see the person after being apart for so long the passion is there and you soon forget all your difficulties, hence the kissing for the foreigners/terminal at the terminal. Reow.

    "She's always just inches from me
    inches on a map, distance or destiny"
    "calls only calls, cellular fees"
    These are the two lines that seal it as being about long distance even more then the airport part. These days "long distance" feels a lot closer then it used to, between Internet access and cell phones despite being far away in reality you're still in contact. even if you pay a buttload in cellular fees

    just "inches" on a map, despite the fact the inches are miles and miles in reality.

    "I know a dive hiring nights near Japantown"

    the protagonist of the song on the phone trying to convince his significant other to move closer, hence the vocal filter that sounds like a phone. Probably something like "you should move here, if you need work I know a dive hiring nights..." and probably taken from a real conversation,


    That was just what I thought, anyway. If you think of it as being about long distance the whole thing makes perfect sense. :)
    remz22on August 17, 2012   Link

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