Ain't it just like dying
Except you can still feel the shame
All hands on deck now
The sea is getting rough again

You see him out your window
And even when you close the blinds
Cause all you ever wanted
Was someone to treat you nice and kind

Take a step before runnin'
Take a breath now before you dive
When you run the streets
Make sure your sneaker laces they get tied

I'll be a black bird darling
Hanging on your telephone wire
Flap my wings over you
And set your heart afire


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  • +2
    General Commentthis is about a rape victim turned prostitute
    number1zeroon July 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with Number1zero. I would add however that this is from the point of view of someone in the Travis Bickle mould who seeks to protect her...has feelings for her. Travis however exploded into a psychopathic rage, where Dan's POV on this is far more resigned.
    champiodion January 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhy aren't there more comments here?

    anyway, i think this song is pretty obvious. a chick had her heart broken, can't get over it, but the speaker is telling her to buck up and know better for next time. and maybe he just might also have a secret thing for her, too.

    anyway fucking beautiful song. great use of drums especially.
    nonpareil_xxon June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIsn't it supposed to be "when you WORK the streets / Make sure your sneaker laces get tied"? I always thought this was a nod to Leonard Cohen. From "I'm Your Man" - "And if you want to work the streets alone / I'll disappear for you" Kind of like saying do what you need to do, but know that I'm looking out for you, etc. And then the last part alludes to "Bird on a Wire."
    artsluton August 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the warble in Dan's voice in this song. I love Dan period. This is one of my favorites from this album.
    labeano2002on June 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely love this track!
    Themactatoron April 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed. fucking mint record
    brindleon April 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfucking right. new album is sweet. Keys rule.
    drummer_25on June 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttied between a few others for the best song on this album (in my opinion). if you buy the record of this album it comes with the cd. what a deal!
    fastmotion123on August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLOVE THE BLACK KEYS!! this song is AMAZING
    TiOon October 25, 2008   Link

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