Ion displacement
Won't work in the basement
Especially when I'm not with you
Here in the heartland
A feeling so startling
I don't know what i should do

Oh Bryn, you see through the dark
Right past the fireflies that sleep in my heart
You know it's easy to see
Wait for the season to come back to me

Nights by the ocean
A westerly motion
That moves California to sea
Eyes like a seagull
No Kansas-born beetle
Could ever come close to that free

Oh Bryn, you see through the dark
Right past the fireflies that feed in my heart
You know it's easy to see
Wait for the season to come back to me


Lyrics submitted by dcfcsspu, edited by brookenicholex3, zoeg93

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  • +6
    General CommentMy name's Bryan.

    ...

    Pretty close.
    zephryanon June 20, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think it's

    ion displacement
    won't work in the basement
    ap0theosizeon January 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI went to college with these guys-- it's about a girl named Bryn in our class at Columbia. They are and were good friends (and more for a while, but not now.) Just to clear it up.
    abby21lavon August 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe first two lines are wrong...
    "Ion displacement won't work in the basement
    Especially when I'm not with you"
    jmar686on April 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionThe lyrics booklet definitely reads "Ion displacement won't work in the basement" and "Kansas-born beetle."

    This song has such... weird... lyrics, but it's my favorite song of all time, mainly because every time I listen to it I get this kind of subliminal feel from the totally stupid lyrics that this Bryn is like the most perfect girl in the whole world. Why? I don't know, it's definitely not the lyrics that convey that meaning at all... it's like reading between the lines... but I want to meet her :D
    Funkmeisteron October 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt's "ion displacement." The singer is clearly indicating the lack of chemistry he feels in the nether regions when Bryn isn't around. Obvs.
    yespleaseon October 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is just such a lovely song of longing
    with adorable animal/regional metaphors!
    the writing is so fun

    plus, the song is spelled "Bryn" and the (Bren?) part is, well, Bryn
    theotherivanon January 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree, ion displacement.

    also, i think the second chorus is slightly different, i believe they beat rather than sleep.

    i think the song references the sort of displacement one feels when moving back and forth between home and school, or any other similar "displacement". see seagull vs. beetle in second verse, he is essentially telling us he feels more alive on the coast. bryn, either because she reminds him of the coast, or because she is the thing about the coast he loves, brings out the same feelings in him, and he loves her for it.
    vitaminknepon February 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the name Bryn very much.
    JimmieNeverDieson April 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSweeet. my name is Brynn. 2 N's cause i'm cool like that. 8)

    haha. kidding.

    but this song is pretty cool.

    It's such an uncommon name so I was surprised to find this song.
    brynniieeon July 06, 2009   Link

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