"Speak the truth and speak it ever
Cause when it what it will,
Cause he who hides the wrong he did
Did the wrong thing still"

Come back sweet Saint Anne
Come love me again,
Cos I broke again,
Yeah I, broken man
And down on St. Andrew,
I'll buy it back from you
But you ain't no lover,
No, you're just a pusher

And I've been down to St. Andrew
To pay for my sins on you
Love come save,
Love come save me soon

Now I've sung midnight choirs
With baseheads, drunks, and liars
But there's never fire,
No we never get higher
So lines I've rocked and rolled
Amongst those midnight souls
That we're only stealing
Yeh stealing for feeling

One day my time will end
And who I've been, I've been
And bells they are ringing
And the band it is marching, marching

"Love come save me soon."


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St. Andrews song meanings
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    General CommentEr... I don't really know what this means, but I think it has some sort of religious meaning, hence the title. The 'love come save me soon' line makes me think that the narrator is repenting from his past mistakes and wants to be forgiven and let go of who he was.
    Fallen Leaveson December 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree. It's definitely a confessional-type song.

    "Now I've sung midnight choirs
    With baseheads, drunks, and liars
    But there's never fire,"

    I think this means he's starting to come around and realize that there isn't any meaning in a life of drugs and alcohol and that he's ready to leave.
    jujube111on January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that you're both right about this being a confession for drug-abuse, but I think it also preaches to stand by what you've done, in this case drug-abuse, rather than to hide from it or deny it;

    "Speak the truth and speak it ever
    Cost [fixed] it what it will,
    Cause he who hide the wrong he did
    Did the wrong thing still"

    Also;

    "One day my time will end
    And who I've been, I've been"

    Don't think he's clean, though. "St. Andrews" sounds as a church on the surface, but it could also be the name of a square or a street, and in the second stanza he sings:

    "And down on St. Andrew,
    I'll buy it back from you
    But you ain't no lover,
    No, you're just a pusher"

    "St. Andrews", and other christian references, serve as allusions for the drug-culture, for example; "I've song midnight choires, with baseheads, drunks and liars." Whereas choires would usually bring up the image of purity and innocense, it is used here as a methaphore for getting together and doing a whole lot of drugs.

    This might be a stretch, but the ending of the last stanza, "and the bells they are ringing, and the band it is marching, marching" may signify that he has just done a hit and is peaking, all the while repeating to himself ("Love come save me soon") that he's going to get out of this somehow, at some point.

    This reading of the song doesn't match the cheery feeling of the song, though.
    Josef Kon February 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSt. Andrew is a subway station in Toronto, since Bedouin is from Ontario and some of their songs are indeed about Toronto (Nico on the night train for example) maybe the St. Andrew they are referring to is this subway station?

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    NIQ702on March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmhh, no clue but to add to the Toronto comment, St Andrew is a street in Kensington Market and I know they filmed there first video there and maybe it's reference to that, their is also a church on St. Andrew as well
    dougomaniaon May 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfor a school assignment i decided to write my music video essay for my media unit on this song and the video so i did some research on jay (the lead singer) and i found out that his favourite place to hang out is at this cafe/pub which is located on st andrews in Kensington Market in Toronto.
    MsMeon July 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is less about confessions and more about his favourite place in toronto, a pub on st.andrews in kensington market.
    xsunglassesxon June 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthere's a st. andrews in scotland..

    ha. plausible?
    horseychickon June 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that this song is a play on words, and very well written.

    Saint Anne seems to have a double meaning. It looks like a girl at first but I'm pretty sure its a drug reference as well.

    "Come back sweet Saint Anne
    Come love me again,
    Cos I broke again,
    Yeah I, broken man
    And down on St. Andrew,
    I'll buy it back from you
    But you ain't no lover,
    No, you're just a pusher."

    He's addicted...and broken so he needs another hit. He may be buying whatever he needs at St. Andrew and from Saint Anne. However, he knows its wrong because she "ain't no lover" but "a pusher". This may mean that the drugs aren't a lover (i.e. they're bad for him). Also it may mean Anne's not a lover, but is merely hanging with him to sell drugs ("push").

    St. Andrews has a double meaning. Of course, the obvious is a Catholic reference so they spin the verse to look like he's going to a church to confess. However, as someone already stated the real meaning is St. Andrews is a pub. So in reality he's going to a pub to "confess". This is painfully obvious in the music video.

    "And I've been down to St. Andrew
    To pay for my sins on you
    Love come save,
    Love come save me soon."

    It may be that he goes to both St. Andrew the church and pub, but in this song his sins are being paid at the pub.

    "Now I've sung midnight choirs
    With baseheads, drunks, and liars
    But there's never fire,
    No we never get higher
    So lines I've rocked and rolled
    Amongst those midnight souls
    That we're only stealing
    Yeh stealing for feeling."

    The "lines" is probably a drug reference. So he's doing drugs at the pub with everyone else but "we never get higher." They never have the intended outcome. And the people do them because they're "stealing for feeling." They're desperate to feel something so they use the drugs.


    "One day my time will end
    And who I've been, I've been
    And bells they are ringing
    And the band it is marching, marching

    Love come save me soon."

    He's saying he can't change what he's done, good or bad. It's not a "no regrets" thing though...it's a "I have to accept my failures" thing. Very big difference. It seems like the bells and band are a symbol for lots of people making lots of noise singing: love come save me soon. The author wants to be saved from his sins, and the band and bells are a symbol for all people wanting the same thing.

    michaelatwon October 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWade MacNeil of Alexisonfire did the backing vocals for this track. Intresting little fact...
    PiratePrenticeon July 29, 2011   Link

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