I took a stroll down a primrose lane
On a clear blue day
Everything seemed so perfectly placed
Daisies lined each manicured lawn
Well-groomed men walked well-groomed dogs

Stopped in a bar for a mid-day drink
In search of a scene more inspiring
Chewed off the cap to my ball-point pen
Thinking, "Happen . . . Something happen . . ."

When everything's in order
Is that what you write about?
When there's nothing much new, there's not much to say
When there's not much to say, I got everything to lose
It occured to me no news is bad news
When you're trying to spark that fuse
When you want to sing them blues

You're waiting around for water to boil
For the fire to lose control
But you can't heat up that kettle
You've got to leave the elements alone

It scares the shit out of me
When weathered writers lose their steam
I'm only getting older, and less interesting

You can't make this shit up
You can't make this shit up
You can't make this shit up
You can't make this shit up
You can't make this shit up

I stumbled out of a back alley
On a blood-red dawn
The ramshackle block seemed trampled upon
Shattered glass shimmered on burnt cement
A stray dog ate from a black bean tin
Stopped in Eddy's for a pick-me-up
For leads on how the town got so fucked
Bought a Bloody Mary with a tired grin
Saying, "Too dramatic . . . try again . . ."

Lyrics submitted by Ambulance X

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    General CommentI think it's about how it's hard to write when everything is perfect and he feels he's losing his spark as he's getting older and has less angst and all that gritty youthful stuff.
    VC2020on August 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe is saying how you can't force your self to write about nothing. He gives an example of what happens when you do so at the end and it ends up being malodramatic nothing. You can't force the water to boil by stirring shit up you have to be patient and just wait for that urge to write about something. In writing No News is really bad news.
    Knife2aGunFighton August 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh and I'd also say this song sounds like it be fitted more toward a The Good Life song if not for the dual vocals.anyone else
    Knife2aGunFighton August 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I think everyone here is on the right track. It actually kind of concerns me a little bit, since it is true that a lot of his new music is a lot less...introspective. It's a lot less personal. While it can still sound great, I'm finding that it's not nearly as emotionally charged as the last few albums, which is what I loved the band for.
    Way_AEon August 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWay_AE I completely agree. This new album is very very different from Cursive albums in the past. Musically, this album is very obviously different as far as the horns go and everything, but the biggest change in my opinion is the lyical direction that Tim has taken. One of the reasons I love Cursive and The Good Life so much is because of how personal the lyrics are. In Happy Hollow, Tim has gotten away from it, and I think the album suffers for it. Don't get me wrong, I do love this album. It's very very fresh and is one of my favorites, but for me it doens't come close to their older stuff. I guess I'll have to wait for the new The Good Life album for more personal songs from Tim
    Ambulance Xon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes he have any personal songs left in him? This song makes it seem like he's exhausted every aspect of whatever it is he's been writing about since Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes.

    Again, it's not bad. Just different.
    Way_AEon August 14, 2006   Link

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