Jimmy was a local boy but he's seen much more than a change in the weather,
Sitting in a uniform of a three-piece suit and the ribbons from his past,
Looking for a little boy at the bar with the mouth who thinks he's clever now,
Dreaming of a day that he got home from the war to his childhood sweetheart,

No he don't need anyone, there's no-one there for him,
Just a feeling of an empty place deteriorating.

Jimmy was a local boy but he's seen much more than I'm bound to ever,
A member of a dying breed that sat and wait as it all just falls apart,
Dreaming of a day that's oh-so long ago that he can't remember right,
There was a time a man could still be a man and be proud to use his heart.

No he don't need anyone, there's no-one there for him,
There was really only one, now he misses how she sounds;

He frowns,
Line 'em up and he puts them down,
It's sad; this town,
Seems to fail to appreciate the man.

No he don't need anyone, there's no-one there for him,
No he don't feel anymore, cos Jimmy's so thick-skinned,
And a long, long time ago, when he could break your heart,
There was really only one, now he misses how she sounds;

He frowns,
Line 'em up and he puts them down,
It's sad; this town,
Seems to fail to appreciate what he's about;
Line 'em up and he puts them down,
It's sad; this town,
Seems to fail to appreciate the man.



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    General Commentthis all seems pretty clear.. pretty literal

    "Jimmy" grew up in this town. At some point he joined the service; left everything behind for war (uniform, ribbons, seen so much, got home from the war...).. to see "much more than a change in the weather". Now he's much older ("when he could break your heart.. many references to the past..), reminiscing.. drinking, and watching for the young men that remind him of himself. Dreaming of the day that he shipped back home from the war to the girl he left behind.

    Since that day he has some how lost her, and he sits in this moment.. he misses her dearly, but with his thick skin most around him will never know the depths of his loss.

    too proud to admit it, and perhaps understanding that it will do no good.. he tries to drink it away.
    shrapnailon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSome boy who belonged to a town with a girl and a lifestyle which he misses and there is none or anythign that can replcae him and drink seems to be the onyl alternative to escape and remember
    dannypolicarpoon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYour wrong Poli19
    Danny_Boy17on November 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentok so whats ur explnation then danny_boy
    dannypolicarpoon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the Rifles, I agree with Poli, nothing can replace "the one".
    PompeyOon December 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThanks PompeyO
    dannypolicarpoon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can see where Poli and Pompey are coming from on this one but I think there's more to it.

    Either the guy has gone off to join the army (the ribbons on his uniform) or hes gone and fought his own "war" with life, been places and seen things because he looked around and saw he was in a dead end town and wanted to get out.

    He sees all these things and concludes that the rest of the world isn't some great place where the grass is greener. He still loves his old town and regrets leaving his sweetheart behind who is now gone. He hates himself, for thinking the rest of the world was better, for leaving something so good behind and for loving this dead-end place.

    The town doesn't appreciate that he had greater aspirations. It treats him just the same as anyone else, perhaps he has a higher opinion of himself than could be justified.

    Anyways thats what I think.
    Batesy_predatoron April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe video contains an old guy in army uniform in a bar drinking, so I think that part of the song probably isn't metaphorical. It's a bit disappointingly literal, the video.
    sam99fosteron May 21, 2007   Link

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