Live it up, live it up
Or just come back home
Yeah, cause these city lights
Are too much for you alone
But San Francisco sounds quite lovely
And so I'll just wait for your call
I promise, I promise, I'm holy, lonely

So stay awake, and I'll stay
I try and go, but your game
It waits for me and you, love
So cover up for the rain
You see in way too much safety
Because I don't stand a chance
Any longer than you do my friend
But we sure know best
Now that you're gone

Because I can't breathe
With these words on my tongue
But San Francisco still sounds lovely
And he swears he still loves you
He still loves you
He called, lonely

So stay awake, and I'll stay
I try and go, but your game
It waits for me and you, love
So cover up for the rain
You see in a way too much safety
Because I don't stand a chance
Any longer than you do my friend
But you're still keeping me sane

It's still in the way that I think
That nobody's watching
Yeah, nobody's watching me and
It's still in the way that I think
Cause nobody's watching
Yeah, nobody's watching me and
It's still in the way that I think
Cause nobody's watching
Yeah, nobody's watching

The rain
You see in a way too much safety
Because I don't stand a chance
Any longer than you do my friend
But you're still keeping me sane

The rain
You see in a way too much safety
Because I don't stand a chance
Any longer than you do my friend
But you're still keeping me sane


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  • +1
    My InterpretationHis girl probably told him they need time apart to figure stuff out, and skipped town (to San Francisco where she found someone else, it sounds like). Also seems like he's more willing to take a chance on their relationship than she is. So he's left alone, holding onto this idea that she might come back for him. He thinks he doesn't "stand a chance" without her, so he says kind of sarcastically "we sure know best now that you're gone" (regarding what they needed to figure out). Yet at the same time, her absence has this sobering effect on his mentality--he can think more clearly without her around involving him in her mind games.
    It is indeed sad. But a beautiful song all around, I love the meter changes, the echoes and the yelling chorus.
    rocknrollgirl47on July 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs. It's beautiful the way he yells "rain". God, I love the chorus.
    wtfmateson March 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone else think it may be "i promise, i promise, i'm wholly lonely." instead of "i'm holy, lonely." I just can't see "holy" fitting in. Lydia's never expressed any religion that I've noticed.
    carefuldazeon May 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Because I don't stand a chance
    Any longer than you do my friend
    But you're still keeping me sane"

    aww hell yeah. great song.
    chris-jerichoon May 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite of the new album, so, so good.
    zabellaon June 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The rain, you see in way too much safety
    Because I don't stand a chance."

    This is sung beautifully.
    loveisfictionon July 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe acoustic version may almost be better....
    curious1on November 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcorrections
    "I promise I'm holding, lonely" not holy

    "the rain, you've seen way too much safety"

    HAHBASSISTon April 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst song of theirs that I bought... God I love this band...
    BenefitOfTheDoubton August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsan francisco is quite lovely and so is lydia, :].
    escapeyourselfon October 21, 2009   Link

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