"Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night" as written by and Tad Jason Kubler Franz Nicolay....
Nelson Algren came to paddy at some party at the dead end alley.
He told him what to celebrate.
And I met William Butler Yeats.
Sunday night dance party summer 1988.
At first I thought it might be William Blake.

We mix our own mythologies. We push them out through pa systems.
We dictate our doxologies and try to get sleeping kids to sit up and listen.
I'm not saying we could save you.
But we could put you in a place where you could save yourself.
If you don't get born again at least you'll get high as hell.

Sweet Saint Paul. That must be the hardest luck saint of them all.
We met him in some suburban Saint Paul mall.
When St. Theresa came to holly. I wasn't even at that party.
I'd already moved out to New York City.
When Judas went up and kissed him. I almost got sick.
I guess I knew what was coming. I guess I knew it was coming.

We gather our gospels from gossip and bar talk then declare them the truth.
We salvage our sermons from message boards and scene reports. We come on to the youth.
We try out new testaments on the guys sitting next to us in the bars with the bars in their windows.
Even if you don't get converted tonight you must admit that the band's pretty tight.
They did she's got legs into ain't too proud to beg into something by the Dixie Dregs.
They faked their way through 'Fairytale of New York'.
When the band stopped playing we howled out for more.

Hey Nelson Algren. Chicago seemed tired last night.
They had cigarettes where there were supposed to be eyes.
Hey William Butler Yeats. The Irish seemed wired last night.
They tried to separate our girls from our guys.
They had cigarettes where there were supposed to be eyes.


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"Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night" as written by Franz Nicolay Craig Finn

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    General CommentI agree with neonlights. To me, this song is, in both form and lyrics, the best summary of THS as a band. It's chock-full of intricate references to other music, Catholicism, and their own songs, and the second stanza could easily be the band's mission statement. This isn't my favorite THS song by any stretch, but it perfectly encapsulates what's so great about this band.
    Keterianon December 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFairytale of New York is a song by the Pogues. They refer to the line from that song "when the band finished playing, we howled out for more."
    mariahcantswimon October 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthow does this song not have more comments? it's epic. such an awesome commentary on today's youth.
    neonlightson April 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe first line, "nelson algren came to paddy at some party at the dead end alley. he told him what to celebrate." is a reference to the Dillinger Four song, "doublewhiskeycokenoice". Paddy is the leader sing in D4 and in the song he says that "NELSON ALGREN CAME TO ME
    AND SAID CELEBRATE THE UGLY THINGS"
    mechpope13on October 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy favourite, maybe.
    anonymiadon September 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Dead End Alley was a basement punk club in Minneapolis in the 1990's. Paddy refers to Patrick Costello the bassist/singer for (most notably) Dillinger Four...D4 was band that played and hung out at the Dead End Alley regularly. The lyric "told him what to celebrate," refers to the D4 song DoubleWhiskyCokeNoIce off their first LP in which Patrick sings that "Nelson Algren came to me and said Celebrate the Ugly Things." The song DoubleWhiskyCokeNoIce is also mentioned in in THS song Constructive Summer.

    First Avenue, a concert Venue in downtown Minneapolis, hosted Sunday Night Dance parties in the 80's and 90's.

    At the time this song was released, I seem to remember Craig Finn reporting that it was the only song to date in which he referenced real people in his life (Patrick Costello).
    vinyltravison January 29, 2012   Link

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