We run like it kills us to stay
If judged I'd be nothing 'til the day that I stopped you
As trite as these things might seem to anyone else
I wrote them down to document
My worth is you

Excessive city, we can't afford to stay
But home to the sane, somehow safe now
We can't afford to leave
Transformation and tragedy leads conclusion
Our world marches to drums of death
You're my rest. The stories will sleep
Say goodnight to them
You know it's ending
Slow my mind
Silence untruth
Take my broken hands
Watch the world renew
The stories read of hospitals and alcohol and empty households
The bars were steeped in honesty while your retreat was east of me
The buildings fell on everything and everyone was incoherent
Our time is now. We're leaving
You're my death I'm your disease
Together we will bleed
Devotedly concede
La La La La La La La La
Take my broken hand
We'll watch it all ending

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San Francisco Serenade song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commentthe first verse begins with joey talking about how responsible he feels and felt for derrick. he knows a lot of people won't understand him, but he says it anyway so history will always know how much he cared about his friend.

    the place where they live isn't good for them, emotionally or financially, but it's what they know and it's safe, and if they left things might be worse, so they settle for the same.

    joey's world is consumed by the death of his friend, and the only time he can stop thinking about it is when he sleeps. he also cites sleeping as an escape in the passenger. at the same time, he dreams of his friend coming back to life and things restoring themselves back to good.

    he then quickly summarizes what happened (the stories). in the end, everything collapsed (with a suspicious allusion to the twin towers falling, another issue dealt with in the passenger).

    in the end, he begs for someone to help him, but not to change things, but rather just accept for what they are.

    a super mature song but one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

    he thinks derrick will be the death of him, and he may suffer the same fate, or at least enter the same depression derrick suffered from.
    spangledon May 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHonestly
    Joey is a lot older than he sounds.
    And hes lost a lot more people than just Derrick.
    He helped form RKL with Chris Rest and Jason Sears. RKL stands for Rich Kids on LSD, so you can imagine they were pretty radical guys.
    Double Plaidinum, makes a bunch of references to Jason, like;
    "Walk around with a butt tattoo, it will never do."
    They kinda had a little war with their music, always dissing each other telling each other how they hurt each other and think of the song baggage
    I think thats straight about Jason. Jason died in a rehab hospital from the withdrawl medication. Even then, Jason and Derrick were not the only ones. Bomer. And all these guys revolutionized music. Bomer and Jason Derrick and Joey, Chris, all these guys kicked out tunes either so complicated heartfelt or both that it drains them.
    I dont know, I dont understand all his metaphores but I feel the emotion behind them, copetitive admiration. Adoration.
    Sometimes anger, sometimes guilt.
    Very intense group of musicians.
    And the song is so sad.
    MaxxAndrewon December 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe the best song on the album. what a haunting feel this song has. easily the best bad astronaut record. thank you joey.
    blakeeon February 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song seems to be written from the perspective of and about somebody fleeing the twin towers on 9/11, and observing the aftermath from a somewhat detached and dreamy perspective.
    BrooksBonkoskion September 03, 2012   Link

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