"By The Monument" as written by Paul Anthony Smith, Thomas Alexander English, Duncan Robert Lloyd, Archis Tiku and Lukas James Wooller....
You said you'd like to see me again
And then it all unravelled
I heard that you were seeing someone
Not such an insignificant other
It seems my moves were far too swift
In life, some things are worth the effort

I touched the place where your hair had been
I buttoned the shirt that you left 'round mine

Defacing pictures of famous people
On the train
Standing by The Monument
Just waiting for the rain

In my wallet with your photobooth smile
And I wearing my waterproof jacket
Posterity has hold of us now
Am I just waiting for the next chapter?
We sleep tonight in seperate towns
At dusk, we see our disparate futures

I tore a sock to bind up your golden hair
We found a hotel bar to sustain our last night
In vain...

Defacing pictures of famous people
On the train
Standing by The Monument
Just waiting for the rain
I'm just passing my time
With you on my mind
I'm just passing my time

No more late night calls
Where teardrops fall

No more late night calls
Where teardrops fall
Where teardrops fall

Standing by The Monument
Just waiting for the rain
I'm just passing my time
With you on my mind
I'm just wasting my precious time

I'm just wasting my time
With you on my mind


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"By the Monument" as written by Duncan Robert Lloyd Archis Tiku

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    General CommentThis song is about the Earl Grey Monument in Newcastle, the main meeting place in Newcastle.
    samhalversonon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSorry that last comment was vague and irrelevant.
    "Defacing pictures of famous people on the train
    Standing by the monument just waiting for the rain"
    I think this means that the girl is on the train moving away, and the guy is waiting by the monument waiting for her but she's gone so he's just waiting for the rain, for nothing. Just wasting his time.
    samhalversonon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthehe yeah, i think it's probably about that and the metro trains in newcastle, there's a metro stop near monument...another irrelevant comment but the song has a nice image to it, sad though. gotta love the park.
    jenibenion April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is acually written about being stood up at Grey's Monument in Newcastle, a local meeting place. There is actually a metro station underneath it lol... This song feels pretty personal to be beacause i've been where Paul Smith is writing from, both spiritually and phyiscally. When listening to this song I can see myself getting the metro train to the Monument just to be stood up once I reached the surface. If you ever get to hear this song done acoustically, do it, it's the better version. Still a rolickingly awesome song done by the Park!
    geordie_brion April 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's "I buttoned the shirt that you left round mine" not "I pulled on the shirt that you left round mine"
    whatnikkididon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust saw Maximo Park at Glastonbury. Not even a massive fan but it was easily one of the highlights of the festival. He said this song was about a lot of mashed up memories of different things.
    Paddy674on June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts about him at Earl Grey Monument underneath that is a matro train station and on the wall is painting of famous people who have been spotted on the train!
    jwilson06on September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts about him at Earl Grey Monument underneath that is a matro train station and on the wall is painting of famous people who have been spotted on the train!
    jwilson06on September 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely one of my favourite ever songs... just an amazing song
    it really gets you into that kinda mood right at the end

    fuck i love it
    Traces23on December 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know that’d you’ve already kind of wrapped this one up. And I understand it’s about the mixed up memories and experiences at Grey’s Monument, but it has always told me a slightly different story. A relationship and a failed one at that…

    You said you'd like to see me again
    *(something you’d say after a date)
    And then, it all unraveled
    *(but then they broke up)
    I heard that you were seeing someone
    *(She’s moved on)
    Not such an insignificant other
    *(And it’s serious)

    It seems my moves were far too swift
    *(He went to physical and to fast)
    In life, some things are worth the effort
    *(I should have taken it slow)
    I touched the place where your hair had been
    *(he misses her)
    I pulled on the shirt that you left round mine
    *(He’s still holding on to her memory)

    Defacing pictures of famous people on the train
    *(“We can do what we like because we are in love” It’s apparently a lie or possibly a memory)
    Standing by the monument just waiting for the rain
    *(the monument is their relationship. He was waiting for this. He knew the “rain” or the break-up was coming)

    In my wallet with your photobooth smile
    *(He still keeps her with him, but it’s fake and lifeless)
    And I, wearing my waterproof jacket
    *(I’m prepared for the end/”the Rain”)
    Posterity has hold of us now
    *(whatever we had is past)
    Am I just waiting for the next chapter
    *(Should I just move on?)

    We'll sleep tonight in seperate towns
    *(they are so far removed from one another/they think too differently)
    At dusk, we see our disparate futures
    *(disparate means different… so this line is rather self explanatory)
    I tore a sock to bind up your golden hair
    *(“I cared so much for you”)
    We found a hotel bar to sustain our last night in vain
    *(They tried a quick fix, but it didn’t work)

    Defacing pictures of famous people on the train
    Standing by the monument just waiting for the rain

    No more late night calls
    Where tear drops fall
    *(It was a rocky relationship)
    No more late night calls
    Where tear drops fall
    Tear drops fall
    *(Tears are a representation of the rain)

    Standing by the monument just waiting for the rain
    I'm just passing my time with you on my mind
    *(He doesn’t know where to go without her)
    I'm just wasting my precious time
    *(He need to move on but he can’t)

    I'm just wasting my time with you on my mind
    *(Still in love)
    monkeydoon February 13, 2008   Link

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