"Coney Island" as written by David John Arnold, Paul Cartledge and Phillip James Jewson....
I found a letter in the mailbox today
And I said, "thank you for your thoughts, but I'm done."
I said that I would never build this up right here
And he said, "that's why I can't work with you son."

But I can't let this go I'm on my way
You can only hold my diamond ring
But I'll go crawling back to the city I love
Cause it's already taken everything

I'm going to Coney Island have myself a dog
And reminisce why I still hate it here
It's all these people with their cotton candy eyes
It's so sweet, now put the train in gear

But I can't let this go I'm on my way
You can only hold my diamond ring
But I'll go crawling back to the city I love
Cause it's already taken everything

The ground is swallowing my options full release
And if it rains they might just disappear
I counted 27 birds up there today
I'm thinking that's why I still love it here
I'm thinking that's why I still love it here

But I can't let this go I'm on my way
You can only hold my diamond ring
But I'll go crawling back to the city I love
Cause it's already taken everything
Cause it's already taken everything


Lyrics submitted by Miracle Sun

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "I'm going to Coney Island TO have myself a dog". He says to more like "ta" and it's pretty fast but it sounds like that to me...he's obviously talking about Nathan's Famous hot dogs which Coney Island is known for
    maladroitmortalon November 22, 2010   Link
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    General Commentit sounds peaceful, I like it :)
    abcharlieeon July 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its about being bored of you're hometown but yet always appreciating it when you've been away for a long time? i can totally relate if thats the case...

    love this band, so glad keith goodwin is still making music as good as ever!
    miracle_sun7on August 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is Keith's version of seven years by Anthony Green/Saosin. It is confirmed that seven years is a letter Anthony wrote to his dad. Keith and Tony are really good friends too.
    ikemxon September 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with miracle sun7....

    And when I heard the lyrics I immediately went back to my love-hate relationship with my hometown. Especially the whole vibe to the song - the peaceful melody. It really brings me back...
    BLAHness90on September 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song for the first time today and immediately felt an emotional attachment to it. I can agree with miracle sun7 and BLAHness90, but I also think that this highlights everything our hometown is to us... Where we grow up, often times, seems like the shittiest place on the earth, and no one ever seems to leave, but if you do you're considered a lucky one. We think of all the reasons why we hate the town, but in the same respect it always feels right, if just for a moment, to be back on Main Street, or for my purposes Oak Street. There might have been a possible break-up, thus the diamond ring lines, and maybe a quarrel between his father or a boss due to a complete different outlook on something. Over all I think this is an excellent and captivating song.
    chaesopon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think he's also saying that he needs to go. he knows that it will always be his home , "it has already taken everything", his heart , his soul, but he needs to get out. no one can physically stop him "you can only hold my diamond ring" and he knows he'll come crawling shamefully back soon enough but for the time being he needs to escape. oppressive / stiffling countryside life
    :>alixxon February 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be about the contradiction between two places. The place where he is on his way to going, and the hometown that has his heart (the city that he knows so well and loves). But, it might not be the best place for him. Its always hard to let go of something that's familiar.

    He says "its already taken everything". It may not be the best place for him to be, but for some reason he loves it. Although, it seems hes on his way to bigger and better things somewhere else.

    I am also very attachment to my hometown and felt a connection the first time I heard this song. This is one of the few songs I liked the FIRST time I heard it. Beautiful!
    AmonaLisaon April 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it has something to do with the past band Days Away and what they went thru with the former label Fueled by Ramen
    fighter1on May 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI like the idea of a record company..

    I found a letter in the mailbox today
    And I said, "thank you for your thoughts, but I'm done."
    I said that I would never build this up right here
    And he said, "that's why I can't work with you son."----The letter in his mailbox could be the company's opinion/controlling influence, and he is rejecting it."Thank you for your thoughts but i am done"

    But I can't let this go I'm on my way
    You can only hold my diamond ring
    But I'll go crawling back to the city I love
    Cause it's already taken everything----The diamond ring symbolizes a promise, and a marriage of the band and the record label. and he's saying they can hold onto the money. and the first part seems to be saying that even though he's leaving the label he can't let go the dream of being a musician, and he is obviously well "on his way."

    I'm going to Coney Island have myself a dog
    And reminisce why I still hate it here
    It's all these people with their cotton candy eyes
    It's so sweet, now put the train in gear.----Coney Island was extremely commercialized, and he's expressing is dissatisfaction with executives and the like with their "cotton candy eyes", aka money hungry jews, just like in coney island... haha. Putting the train in gear shows again that he wants to move on.

    But I can't let this go I'm on my way
    You can only hold my diamond ring
    But I'll go crawling back to the city I love
    Cause it's already taken everything

    The ground is swallowing my options full release
    And if it rains they might just disappear
    I counted 27 birds up there today
    I'm thinking that's why I still love it here
    I'm thinking that's why I still love it here----All of this shit I'm saying is kind of a stretch, and to cap it off, I'm thinking maybe the 27 birds up there are fans that came to his show, and he realizes that's why he "can't let this go", because he loves making music people enjoy.


    This is out there, but it makes sense, and it's clever if that was what the fella intended. what's anyone else think?

    But I can't let this go I'm on my way
    You can only hold my diamond ring
    But I'll go crawling back to the city I love
    Cause it's already taken everything
    Cause it's already taken everything
    waddumson May 25, 2009   Link

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