Find the airport, 7a.m.
my heart pumping pure mini-bar
Sit on the concrete by the carts and some girl
throws a dime in my lap

You won't be laughing when you hear
how this one ends
So I sleep through the entire flight
Don't really wake up until the cab driver says
'Hey, where you going, I forget.'

Think of the time I came to visit you here
the year after Jeremy died
and the elevator's fast and pops
my ears out.

They're all waiting patiently
Touch my name tag.
Should say,
'Hello, I'm too tired to smile today.'

Squeak the chair once
Take a deep breath
Straighten my tie and say
'What's the damage?'

And the pause feels like an extra year
of high school
The CEO takes me aside
I'm down 12 points
and they're selling.

The graphs in the board room show
by the time that the market
opens in Tokyo
I'll be worthless

So, what I'm trying to say,
I mean what I'm asking is,
I know we haven't talked in a while
but could you come get me?


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    General CommentDoes anyone else think that this song is about a guy who's just arrived back in his hometown and is now totally ruined after losing his job. He has no money and can't get home, so he has to ring his ex-wife for a ride.

    They split up a while ago. Or rather he ditched her when he became some big shot businessman, and now he is forced to call her for help.

    Before this she was, in his eyes, a relative of surplus value.
    bryn456on April 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have a question: when he says
    "think of the time I came to visit you here, the year after Jeremy died"

    Does it mean "I'm thinking of the time..." or, is he imploring the person he's talking to (the one he needs a ride from) to think of that time, as in "hey remember I did something nice for you, you owe me".

    I've never been sure how to read that line. Looking at the syntax of that stanza, I'm leaning towards the first reading, but maybe someone has a different take.
    illuminatedon May 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOne of Samson's more straightforward songs, this one seems to be about a big business man whose dubious tactics (probably cutting wages, outsourcing, and laying off workers in favour of personal gain) have caught up with him. The song paints this guy just like anyone else, makes him a completely sympathetic character. And maybe he isn't a total bastard, but his punishment is eminent. The girl throwing a dime in his lap is a wonderful bit of irony that endears us to this guy and by the end, when he has nowhere to go, no money, and everything is ruined he still has someone he can reluctantly call to pick him up.
    heroinhotwateron August 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis makes me think of fight club.

    i am such a loser... but yea.
    capthon August 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think the 3rd stanza and the last are about some one he knows in this city he's in for the business conference. the rest is the narrative of the guy's day -- you won't believe how this one ends.
    neuralstaticon October 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song has a good groove to it.
    song sounds like he's in town on business, of an old flame or friend. he goes to this business meeting that pretty much says the company he works for just went under and he has no job. as a result he wants to see his old friend but feels weird asking out of nowhere.
    kevins514on March 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentrelative surplus value is a concept from Karl Marx's Das Kapital. Surplus value is the value produced by a worker over and above what s/he recieves in wages. Relative surplus value means the amount of surplus value relative to the value of the wage, and the main ways of increasing it for capitalists are driving down wages and increasing the intensity of labour (ie, how much stuff a worker produces per hour).

    You see, being a Marxist really pays off sometimes.
    juvenilecokefiendon May 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentrelative surplus value is a concept from Karl Marx's Das Kapital. Surplus value is the value produced by a worker over and above what s/he recieves in wages. Relative surplus value means the amount of surplus value relative to the value of the wage, and the main ways of increasing it for capitalists are driving down wages and increasing the intensity of labour (ie, how much stuff a worker produces per hour).

    You see, being a Marxist really pays off sometimes.
    juvenilecokefiendon May 27, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with Bryn that it is about him returning to his hometown, but rather than calling an ex-love, I think he is calling his father to come get him. Just the way he says it, it sounds like how a teenager might call his folks when he is stranded a the mall or something: "Could you come get me?"

    As for the line about "Think of the time I came to visit you here" I think it is not referring to visiting the city itself, but visiting his dad at work as a child. So it is ironic because he has grown up to be this big shot business guy, who has neglected his parents (because when you are on your own making lots of money you feel you can do that), and now he loses he job at the very spot his father used to work, and now he is calling his parents, humbled, needing a ride. It is a commentary on how no matter how old you get, how rich you are, you will always be someone's son and your parents are still your parents. But that is just my take.

    One lyrical correction: on the weakerthans website it says it is "I touch my name-tag, should say, 'HELLO, I'M too tired to smile today'" as in that is what he should write on it. Which would be a funny thing to write on a name tag if you think about it. Overall I think the character is likeable, if not flawed.
    seladoron January 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else think it should say "Touch my name tag. Should say 'Hello, I'm too tired to smile today' " Like how they make the Name tags that say "Hello, I'm..." and you fill in the rest. I think that's what he's trying to get at here, maybe I'm wrong.
    betsapp91on June 11, 2011   Link

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