"The General Specific" as written by and Rob Hampton Benjamin Bridwell....
If the trials at hand are really getting you down:
We had a close call,
I didn't even see it, then another one,
And I hardly believed it at all.

What the writers say, it means shit to me now,
Plants and animals,
We're on a bender when it's 80 degrees at the end of December,
What's going on?
Only for you and me.

In a showing of hands, who's going back to the south?
Where hungry necks that I know
In running the blender in a lightning storm
Are disguised as a blessing, I'm sure.

And knowing ahead, there comes a fork in the road,
Pants have got to go.
We're on an island on the Fourth of July,
It looks like the tide is going home.

In time, I'd find a little way to your heart,
Down to the general store for nothing specific,
Gonna wash my bones in the Atlantic shore,
Only for you and me.


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    My InterpretationBeing from the south myself I gave the lyrics a good listen to and I am positive that he is saying:
    "With a showing of hands, who's going back to the South? Where hungry 'necks that I know and running the blender in a lightning storm are disguised as a blessing, I'm sure."

    "Hungry 'necks" and "running the blender in a lightning storm" are things Ben Bridwell cherishes from his life back in in the South. They are things he wants to enjoy again because, although to others it might not seem like much, to him they are blessings.
    DrMalfoozioon January 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAnother correction: Going back to the south, we're hungry, next thing I know, you're running a blender..."
    Nurarihyonon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was "If the trials at hand are really getting you down."
    torpidon November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely think it's about them getting out of Seattle and back to South Carolnia. He's saying he doesn't give a shit what the writer's say about an indie rock band moving AWAY from Seattle. It's what they want to do. And then he makes the point that they get to hang out in beautiful weather in December and be with the type of people they knew growing up.

    But the reason I love their songs is that the meanings are sometimes really difficult to interpret, so it allows you to come to whatever conclusion you want to based on your own life's experiences.

    For example. This song makes me think about the fact that I want to quit my day job and pursue things that would give me more freedom. And, yeah, people (the writers) might think I'm nuts for wanting to do it and things might not go as planned (fork in the road). But screw the people who judge, I'd be doing stuff I want to do when they are sitting in an office looking at the rain in Seattle.

    Brilliant song.
    vandmpon June 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentA couple corrections "If your trials here are realling getting you down", and "the end of December, what's goin' on?"
    Nurarihyonon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother correction: Going back to the south, we're hungry, next thing I know, you're running a blender..."
    Nurarihyonon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdude...General Specific was a character on Sheep in the Big City...not sure if it relates...haven't even really heard this song...but yeah...it was a rockin show.
    bbqamazingon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti really love "down to the general store for nothing specific." good line, fun song.
    metariejustformeon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's a leit motif coursing through this album (evident in the liner pics as well) of homecoming (i.e., leaving the west coast for the east, and returning to the South, specifically to S. Carolina, which they did), particulary in this song:

    If the trials at hand are really getting you down
    You had a close call
    I didn't even see it, then another one
    I hardly believed it at all

    What the writers say - it means shit to me now
    Plants and animals
    We're on a bender when it's 80 degrees
    The end of December - what's going on?
    Only for you and me

    In a showing of hands, "Who's going back to the South?"
    Where hungry necks that I know
    (been running a blender in a lightning storm)
    Are disguised as a blessing I'm sure

    And knowing ahead, there comes a fork in the road
    Pants have got to go
    We're on an island on the fourth of July
    Looks like the tide is going home

    In time I find a little way to your heart
    Now to the general store for nothing specific
    Going to wash my bones in the Atlantic shore
    Only for you and me
    laurenphookon December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCorrection to laurenphook's posted lyrics: It's not "Where hungry necks that I know", it's "We're hungry, next thing I know"
    Nurarihyonon April 10, 2008   Link

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