I've been seeing the same old things,
And I've been hearing you saying some things that you don't mean.
Everyone needs a sunday some days, everyone needs to take some time away.
So come on home from the front lines, baby,
You know you've done more than your time there was supposed to have been.
A little time out could turn your head 'round,
A little time out could lift us our of the mess we're in.
And down by the beach there's a small cafe,
Where we'll hang on for Joan and drink Bonet all day.
So come on over to St. Feliu 'cause it's somewhere I've been and I want to take you there.
You know that waking up to the daily blues from
Waking up to the daily news ain't nothing strange.
Everyone gets to feeling weak,
But if everyone gets to take a week and change their pace...
You travel west 'til you hit Girona, I'll travel east out of Barcelona,
And I'll meet you halfway.
One day and night on La Costa Brava, we'll forget the fright,
And remember why we want to be brave,
(and that there's something to save)
Like down by the beach there's a veg cafe,
Where we'll meet Lolo and Pablo and drink Moritz all day.
So come on over to St. Feliu 'cause it's somewhere I've been and I want to take you there.
We'll meet Berta, and Daniel, and Remy, Celine, and Mike, Adriana, Padi, and Aziz,
And Maurix, Maria, and Laura, Tule,
And Sherry and Pau, Jodie, and Paul,
I hope Neil is OK...


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    General CommentGod I love this song so much.


    It's pretty much all about how people need days off.

    And La Costa Brava is a real place.
    Akira121on April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I read interviews with Ted Leo or articles about the new album, it always says that "La Costa Brava" is the emotional centerpiece of the album. I completely agree with that statement...this is an amazing song, probably one of Leo's best.
    rockstermonkeyon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love "Everyone needs a sunday some days, everyone needs to take some time away."

    This song is just brilliant lines one after another, and it's a great tune as well. Awesome.
    rossismadon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwonderful.
    wonderful.
    wonderful.
    and one more time for good measure.
    wonderful.
    nicholieon April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKnowing Ted Leo's hidden references in most songs, I actually think this might carry a few references to the short story "A Clean Well Lighted Place", by Ernest Hemmingway. It seems a lot lighter in tone than the story though.
    Pandoruson October 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe said in an interview that this song is kind of a response to shake the sheets, which was really intense and was about picking yourself up off the ground, etc.

    he just realized he needed to take a break, and that's this song.
    crankuptheskaon October 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthemingway is spelled with only one "m." what references are there to "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" besides the image of someone drinking the day/night away?
    MovieThemeToldon February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, this song is about everyone needing a break every once and a while. The meaning goes deeper than that. Ted Leo is constantly writing music which is anti-war and anti-government. The messages and metaphors throughout all his music is always powerful. This song is directed at the soldiers in Iraq needing a break. It's about sending those guys and girls home to relax and enjoy life. He speaks of taking this person in the song to all these amazing locations.
    "So come on home from the front lines, baby,"

    "You travel west 'til you hit Girona, I'll travel east out of Barcelona,"
    If you look on a map, you will see Girona is West of Iraq.

    "One day and night on La Costa Brava, we'll forget the fright,"
    Could refer to the fright caused by fighting in war.
    joshpluron August 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@ joshplur

    Agreed, that was the impression I got as well. And in addition to everything you mentioned, along with the line about coming home from the front lines, he writes, "You know you've done more than your time there was supposed to have been," which presumably refers to the extended tours of duty. I wish I knew if the names at the very end were references to specific individuals. It wouldn't be without precedent (like in Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone)
    TheGoodSonon October 02, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionI love it when bands write songs like this. The vocal rounds at the end effin' rock. I like the use of names in this, simple but again, rocks.
    michaelcovelon April 22, 2009   Link

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