"Every Valley Is Not a Lake" as written by and Matthew Maust Nathan Willett....
Don't bother grandma 'cause she's right
Or you'll be in some mess
I see how you see her, creaky bones,
Bitchin' 'bout IRS

Well take a look child, through this photo album
Just think they'd used to sell out a baseball stadium
Nineteen forty-eight

Well now you'll graduate and you think
You're going to move out now
I will congratulate you as soon
As you pay your own way

Not tryin' to stick a pin in your shiny new balloon
Your alimony check won't buy a bigger room
Or a new car

Don't ever think about comin' 'round here
With that junior from up the street
His sneakers squeakin' on the kitchen tile,
Hat pulled below his eyes
That boy is trouble in his sleep

You got your father's wreckless charm, babe
Long as you givin', some body take
Well, every story is not the gospel, babe
Let me put it in another way
Every valley is not a lake

Before I let you go with your friends,
Got one more thing to say
You think my love is tough, should've seen
Your grandma in her day

Oh, use your wits child,
'Cause nothing stays the same
In forty years my song will be public domain
Oh oh oh

Sharp top, quick switch
Sharp top, quick switch

Well make
My own apology bad


Lyrics submitted by jooce, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Every Valley Is Not a Lake" as written by Matthew Aveiro Jonathan Russell

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    General CommentI don't really think it's about old people being young once. I mean, yeah, it does talk about that, but I think it's just supposed to be about a hardass mother giving her child some worldly advice. Obviously, this hardass mother comes from a long line of hardasses. I always imagine her singing it while she's ironing or something with curlers in her hair.
    blackbetty500on January 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song. so catchy.

    now, they posted the lyrics on one of their pictures, AFTER i had posted these.

    some corrections:
    She sang to sailors in the war, baseball stadiums in 1948

    Every sermon is not the gospel babe

    Sharp tongue, quick switch
    jooceon August 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo thoooseee are the lyrics. I've been trying to figure them out forever.
    rachel laurenon August 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love these lyrics, but can't find the song. I'll find it one day.

    Can't you change the actual lyrics if you posted them? Not sure how the thing works.
    mildetoon November 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI prefer the version on their EP 'Hang Me Out To Dry'. The production on the album version is too "clean" and "sterile". To hear the EP version just e-mail me (check profile).
    taal_19on October 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song!
    its about how kids dont recognise that elderly people actually had a life when they were small

    but its "take a look child, through these photo albums"
    Avvieon February 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a couple different versions of this song, with the only difference being a couple of lyrics and the way they're sung and maybe a few musical differences. Personally, I prefer the non-album version, but I don't know where the hell it is anymore. It has these lyrics exactly and I just like it better.
    rachel laurenon August 12, 2009   Link
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    MemoryI agree with you blackbetty. It reminds me of my mother's relationship with my sister. The mother is telling the teenager to wake up and stop being foolish and naive. Nothing comes easy.
    Sunshineshineon January 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's a father talking to his daughter about her grandmother. I picture a teenager who knows it all getting smart with her grandmother and dad's like better be careful. Grandma wasn't a joke back in her day.
    -mateo-on October 23, 2014   Link

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