"The Wife, the Kids, and the White Picket Fence" as written by and Andrew/campbell Sudderth....
Mail order brides, turtlenecks, and trophy wives,
Had the ways and means to breach,
The borders of easy street,

And to blend right in,
We all surrounded them in a white picket fence,
Now both ends meet,

Sufficed to say there's a time and a place,
So I wait,
For the tug-of-war and who you'll pull for,
While between you and me from point A to point be is a fine line,
That burns at both our good ends,

Two peas in a pod, a battle axe, and a bastard child,
Took one step more and went straight to the source,
And to blend right in,
They opened fire with their rain checks spent to make ends meet,

Sufficed to say there's a time and a place,
So I wait,
For the tug-of-war and who you'll pull for,
While between you and me from point A to point be is a fine line,
That burns at both our good ends,

Go on, paint the whole town red,
I'd rather follow who cleans up the mess,
And so I wait,

Sufficed to say there's a time and a place,
So I wait,
For the tug-of-war and who you'll pull for,
While between you and me from point A to point be is a fine line,
That burns at both our good ends.


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"The Wife, The Kids, And the White Picket Fence" as written by Brett Stowers Andrew Sudderth

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    General Commenti really wish people wouldn't just comment on a song to say its good. It isn't called Songmeanings.net for nothing.
    That being said, i think this song is about a husband who cheats on his wife, or vice versa. It seems like a little perfect home, (with a white picket fence) and neighborhood, but inside, things are bad, (padlocks and a bastard child). The husband, or wife, is waiting for the other to return home, but he/she does not, (and so i wait).
    Thats basically what i think the song is about, but i could be way off base. You never know with FTM.
    Codfishon February 16, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningso, i am a new user and this is my first song analysis. dont judge harshly please

    i accidentally put that as a reply. dont judge once again

    first of all, i agree with AuntieEm&UncleSam about the analysis of the line: "mail order brides turtle necks and trophy wives had the ways and means to breach the borders of easy street" But, i also think that FTM is comparing 2 married couples no child.

    when he says "we all surround them in a white picket fence" he means that we glorify a family that looks that well off even though there is no love in the couple.

    He speaks of the other couple after the chorus: "2 peas in a pod, a battleaxe, and a bastard child took one step more and went straight to the source and to blend right in they opened fire with their rain checks spent to make ends meet"
    A battleaxe is a woman with a strong opinion. a bastard child is a child with unwed parents. they are an unfortunate couple. but they are perfect for eachother. (2 peas in a pod).

    we dont look at them as a well off couple. they spent their rain checks to make ends meet. But they are in love, and thats all that matters.

    the chorus is saying that theres a time and a place that he will wait for love. the tug of war is life and its challenges. he will pull for the one he loves. "While between you and me from point A to point B is a fine line" -things will be fine when theres love between 2 people


    "go on, paint the whole town red I'd rather follow who cleans up the mess And so I wait." -even if the community doesnt look at them as a well off successful couple, they are there for eachother through hard times(the mess). so he will wait for that love.

    at least, thats what i got out of it.
    jwolfon April 20, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMy simple guess is that the song is about the dark truth of the "American Dream" and/or Suburbia. The house, family and white picket fence.

    In the end, the husband turns into a lonely sex addict who would stoop to the point of mail-order brides, despite their clean upstanding exterior (turtlenecks). Wives are simply objects or trophies to the husband and are seen as such in the neighborhood. The children are spoiled, crazy and violent bastards who oftentimes struggle to "blend in" at school (shootings at small suburban schools anyone?). Looking to the source (the messed up family) as to why the kids turn out the way they do.

    Might not cover all of the lyrics I guess, but that's my thoughts on the song.
    Dreakonon January 19, 2010   Link
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    General Commentgood song
    bbrockeron June 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCodfish, fuck off.
    m333333on March 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with cold fish
    about the song and the people that jsut coment it.

    But i modifyied my meaning a littel bit.

    TO me its about a broken home.
    The couple fights back and forth over and over agian .

    The guy blames the girl for alot of things.
    She fires back by spending the rain check.

    He's trying to find a fine line between him and her where they both agree on things.
    ajslikes2argueon March 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhoa...m333333....looks like someone had a bad day.
    As for ajslikes2argue, yeah, i agree, it could also be about a broken home. There are so many different ways FTM's lyrics and be interpreted, who knows what Darroh was really thinking when he wrote it. I think that the underlying focus of the song is things seem fine on the outside, when they're not.
    Codfishon April 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a broken home, but I kind of viewed it as if he's taking an outsiders look, or about a child's look at parents that wanted to "stick it out" for the kid.

    "Sufficed to say there's a time and a place
    So I wait
    For the tug-of-war and who you'll pull for
    While between you and me from point A to point B is a fine line
    That burns at both our good ends"

    and

    "go on, paint the whole town red
    I'd rather follow who cleans up the mess
    And so I wait."

    I don't know though, it's 3:30 AM and I haven't slept in 23 hours...
    Raax57on May 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthm...i think this song is definitely about a broken home. however, i think the scenario in the song is that of a divorced father who remarries some woman with a child. I dont know, maybe im just relating it to my own life, but i see the song being sung from the sons point of view with a new mom and step sibling coming into the picture.

    "mail order brides turtle necks and trophy wives had the ways and means to breach the borders of easy street" this sets up that this whole marriage is in no way based on love, affection or even companionship...the father needs to fit into society and have a "picture perfect family" while the wife needs a meal ticket for her and her child...hence "easy street"

    i think the chorus is the son addressing his new step-mother..."sufficed to say there is a time and a place so i wait for the tug of war and who youll pull for"-basically he sees right through her, and knows that there will come a time when her true colors will show through and she will be forced to show allegiance to her new family, but he knows she wont.

    "two peas in a pod, a battle axe and a bastard child took one step more and went straight to the source"-this is explaining further the motives of the mother and her child. They took one step more, as in skipped the true meaning of marriage, and went straight to the source, as in they were in it for financial stability.

    Thats pretty much all i got on this song...oh, and i agree with codfish...dont post if you arent going to give an interpretation of the song. We all know its a good song...thats why we are all here.
    AuntieEm&UncleSamon October 16, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm thinking this song is from the point of view of a guy that watched and maybe encouraged a "perfect couple" to get together while he actually had a thing for the woman, maybe they were friends/lovers.

    But the guy knows that the husband wasn't deserving (bastard child, i.e. father not around?), knows they're struggling, and waits and watches to see if the wife is going to stick it out in the bad relationship or leave the husband and come to him. "I'd rather follow who cleans up the mess" indicates he's not the kind to speak up and actively do something about the situation, but still the waiting and watching (or having an affair) creates anxiety and stress, and thus "burns at both [their] good ends."

    Just a thought!

    jsozaon March 17, 2009   Link

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