Tonight I need the bright lights,
Still got her face on my mind.
Heading where the talk is cheap
and I'm dressed to a "t" so they won't notice me.

It's warm for October
and I've got the windows down.
The skyline whispers her promises,
the same lie each night.

But I force myself to believe...

And I swore it'd be different but how could it be?
What I came to escape is right here inside of me.

The city's a desert
with photographic stars.
Each pretty face is just a mirage,
and my mouth's full of sand again.

But I force myself to believe,
across the river's the cure for what's sick inside of me.

And I swore it'd be different but how could it be?
What I came to escape is right here inside of me.
And I swore it'd be different but how could it be?
What I came to escape is right here inside of me.

I look in the mirror past the buildings,the sky's getting light.
Another piece of my innocence is the admission I paid there tonight.
Slow down past her exit though it makes me sick, and I imagine her saying,
"You're better than this... you're better than this."

And I swore it'd be different but how could it be?
What I came here to escape is right here inside of me.
And I swore it'd be different but how could it be?
What I came to escape is right here inside of me.
Woah-woah
And I swore it’d be different.



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    General Commentthis song has been in my head alllllll day. danny's got such an amazing voice

    um as far as meaning goes... i'm thinking it's about a guy with a guilty conscience. it seems to me that the singer has been cheating on his girlfriend, although at first glance it seems he's the one being cheated on because of the lines "the skyline whispers her promises, the same lie each night"
    however it's stating he needs to get away, doesn't want to be noticed ect ect. also he says it's warm for october, implying he may be under the heat of a guilty conscience. i feel he's cheating on the girl because he may have lost interest but doesn't know how to leave her or he's testing out whether he truely feels for her. hence forcing himself to believe what she says, even though to him it's a lie.
    moving on to the chorus the difference he wants is a change of scene, a different girl BUT he can't escape his girlfriend because he still sees her face and hears her promises, because he knows what he's doing is wrong.
    i'm most convinced of this during the stanza near the end that starts "i look in the mirror..."
    paying admission with his innoccence, exiting past her making him sick, "you're better than this, you're better than this"? one word: cheating.
    so in conclusion... it's about a boy who cheats on his girlfriend, but still can't get her off his mind.
    bromptonXblendon May 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about a guy who has recently broken up with a girl, and goes on a night out in the city, maybe to a club or whatever, in order to forget about her, but it's not so easy. The City and the Ghost, the ghost being the ex.

    "Tonight I need the bright lights,
    Still got her face on my mind.
    Heading where the talk is cheap
    and I'm dressed to a "t" so they won't notice me. "

    He still misses her, but is heading out to the city to party

    "It's warm for October
    and I've got the windows down.
    The skyline whispers her promises,
    the same lie each night. "

    He sees the skyline up ahead on his way out, but still can't forget her broken promises, maybe of being together forever or some other generic relationship shiznizz

    "But I force myself to believe...

    And I swore it'd be different but how could it be?
    What I came to escape is right here inside of me. "

    He thought he could get away from his feelings, but realizes that he can't just shake them off so easily

    "The city's a desert
    with photographic stars.
    Each pretty face is just a mirage,
    and my mouth's full of sand again. "

    Basically, he's going out and getting with chicks, making out with them and whatnot, and thought they may be attractive, it's all pretty faux and meaningless.

    "I look in the mirror past the buildings,the sky's getting light.
    Another piece of my innocence is the admission I paid there tonight.
    Slow down past her exit though it makes me sick, and I imagine her saying,
    "You're better than this... you're better than this." "

    He's on his way back home, out so late partying that it's almost light,
    But on his way past her exit he's reminded of her, and what she would think of him now if she knew. Perhaps he even brought a chick back with him, hence losing another piece of his 'innocence'


    Anyway, that's my take on it, reminds me of a situation I went through myself. if you guys at BEDlight ever check this be sure to let me know if I got it ;)
    SomeDeadGuyon August 29, 2013   Link

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