“This is the middle of the road”

Well since our separation you have taken up with thieves
They tell you just how wonderful you are
Baby I have nothing but respect for you
I would never try to rip you off
‘Cause I know your heart still runs with mine
You’re just afraid of getting soft

It’s a long, long way to the middle
The middle of the road
Well, it’s summer time in California
I never felt so cold
It’s a long, long way to the middle
The middle of the road
But I still love you baby
Why don’t you come on home?

Well, I put the bat out of my mind and my
Memories are good
The hardwood floor ‘neath your kitchen door
Where you taught me all your dirty words
When we first made love under your ivory cross
It was a rainy Easter Sunday
And we were drinking champagne in the Mulholland hills
When I finally felt that stone roll away

It’s a long, long way to the middle
The middle of the road
But you still got a hold on me
Even though you’re getting old
It’s a long, long way to the middle
The middle of the road
But I still love you baby
Why don’t you come on home?
Why don’t you come on…

Well happy birthday baby
Hope you’re getting realistic
You’re two months and two years away from the same old sad statistic
To live out in the wilderness
You gotta learn to start a fire
But you can stand out there with your fist in the air
While the rest of us get on with our lives

It’s a long, long way to the middle
The middle of the road
But don’t you listen to me baby
I’ve been bought and sold
It’s a long, long way to the middle
The middle of the road
But I still love you baby
Why don’t you come on home?
Why don’t you come on…


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    General CommentAnyone else catch the Thoreau references?

    "You're two months and two years away from the same old sad statistic."
    Thoreau lived out on Walden Pond for two years and two months.


    "..while the rest of us get on with our lives."
    Thoreau eventually returned from Walden to come back into society- he could not avoid it, this he always knew. Living out on Walden was somewhat of a spiritual quest.
    katherzon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentInteresting, I thought it was about Jenny Lewis turning 30 and becoming pat of that statistic, or age group.

    The song seems to be about Jenny, during some time when they were separated and Johnathan was lonely. "Well, it’s summer time in California"
    "And we were drinking champagne in the Mulholland hills"
    Jenny is from LA, Mulholland hills are in LA.

    "But you still got a hold on me
    Even though you’re getting old"
    Jenny is 31 while Johnathan is 24.


    Also, it's "You have taken up with thieves" not "thee"
    DCFCAlexon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVery interesting take DCFCAlex. I've no idea what this song means but if some of it was about Jenny, i'd be inclined to agree because of its possible references.

    This verse in particular reminds me of a couple of her songs: "To live out in the wilderness, You gotta learn to start a fire. But you can stand out there with your fist in the air, While the rest of us get on with our lives".

    Jenny has had a few songs with fire references. In 'Acid Tongue' she mentions this line: "Let's build ourselves a fire", pretty similar to Johnathan's "start(ing) a fire" in the wilderness lyric. Also, her lyrics in 'Fireplace' mostly has this line repeated multiple times: "Throw another log in the fireplace". As for the next part of the verse, the "fist in the air" line reminds me of 'Rise Up With Fists' in which she says "I will rise up with fists, And I will take what's mine." Of course I'm not saying that Jenny is the true copyright owner of all fire-related metaphors and proclamations of first-raising. It's just interesting how these lyrics could be connected. Maybe they write off of each other in that way and it wouldn't surprise me if they do, given that they've written a song together.
    jadedgypsyon June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about finding a balance in life, which is what he describes as "the middle of the road", and how hard it is to find that balance and not end up tipping the scales to either side.
    Cyberghoston July 22, 2010   Link

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