When I was a boy
Chasing a note
Straining to bring up
The Chords in my throat,
Battling age clinging the coat
Humming the old songs in stereo.

I had a thought
Of parking lots
And me in the car
With the doors all locked,
I'm staring ahead
Everyone's dead
I'm under the pain in between my ribs.

It's just like the movies
It comes about-face
All at once when I'm breathing,
The careless air of the night.


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About-Face song meanings
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    General CommentReally no idea what this means. I love this intro though.
    360degreeson September 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't get it either. I dig it though. The lyrics are so intriguing.
    miss mary macon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song seems to be about him dealing with the shame that comes from certain things you do growing up. Let's break it down a little more.

    "When I was a boy
    Chasing a note
    Straining to bring up
    The Chords in my throat,
    Battling age clinging the coat
    Humming the old songs in stereo."

    This is him going through puberty and dealing with the things that come with those changes.

    "I had not a thought
    Of parking lots
    And me in the car
    With the doors all locked,
    I'm staring ahead
    Everyone's dead
    I'm under the pain in between my ribs."

    He's feeling different things; Things he isn't sure he should be engaging in at this point, but he does. Afterwards he feels regret, feeling shamed, and self absorbed with his problems.

    "It's just like the movies
    It comes about-face
    All at once when I'm breathing,
    The careless air of the night."

    About-Face as dictionary.com describes it is " a complete, sudden change in position, direction, principle, attitude, etc.: They've done an about-face in their foreign policy." which I believe is what he's referring to. Whether he's referring to him changing in that moment, or referring to the change he's been in the process of going into.

    Beautifully sad song.
    StarIVWillFallon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually, the first verse is really interesting. It could also be embaressment, "Straining to bring up the chords in my throat.." but that doesn't fit as well with the rest of the song, in my opinion. ^^
    StarIVWillFallon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure "ribs" should be "lips" in the line "I'm under the pain in between my ribs."
    valekonon June 25, 2007   Link

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