"Each Year" as written by Wes Miles, Alexandra Nicole Lawn, Mathieu Jordan Santos, Milo A Bonacci and Rebecca Alexandra Zeller....
Come on, force it down
I'm imagining
Come on, force it down
I'm imagining

Imagining a place where homes are built on frames
And where they plant new bulbs along our graves
Each year with the fall
Each year with the fall
Each year


And if you think you might
Yes, but if it's not so bright
But if you're a part of my
Whole life

Silhouettes in a window frame
Better run if it's Boo's old man
He won't know if you're white
Oh, in the night

Coverin' a fault with
Trials and coy displays
Coverin' a fault with
Trials and coy displays

If it isn't worth the time to
Find out how we go
About recalling all the ways
And the reasons are for
Each year with the fall
Each year with the fall
Each year

And if you think you might
Yes, but if it's not so bright
But if you're a part of my
Whole life

Silhouettes in a window frame
Better run if it's Boo's old man
He won't know if you're white
Oh, in the night

Vapor lamps in a parking light
You can't see when it's much too dark
All that mist in your eyes
Oh, in the night

in 80 years isn't enough time
or 50 more isn't more enough
Oh
To right the wrongs
What you're hiding in your back yard
Is turning innocence to apathy
And accusations at another man
Oh

'Cause you don't have a prayer
To put your life into a Christian's hands
Never mind what your daughter is taught in school
What she remembers is
What she has learned from you

Silhouettes in a window frame
Better run if it's Boo's old man
He won't know if you're white
Oh, in the night

Vapor lamps in a parking lot
You can't see when it's much too dark
All that mist in your eyes
Oh, in the night


Lyrics submitted by CharlatanSin, edited by RamuneDrink

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    General Commenti love this song..
    kookycookieon July 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn the liner notes from the rhumb line, the lines are:

    Silhouettes In a window frame,
    Better run if it's boo's old man
    He won't know if you're white
    Oh in the night.

    Taken in that light, I feel like the song is a reference to Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." In the book, Boo Radley's father locked Boo Radley up and abused him. Boo's character was always seen as silhouettes through the window, since he never ventured outside.
    The lines
    "Never mind what your daughter is taught in school
    What she remembers is what she has learned from you"
    seems to me as a reference to Scout, who most certainly learned quite a bit from Atticus' teachings and his defense of Tom Robinson, who was unjustly accused of raping another townswoman.
    Also, I think "Coverin' a fault with trials and court displays" is a reference to Tom Robinson's trial, where the evidence was so obviously obscured in order to pin the crime on Robinson.
    rockstermonkeyon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCould you please post the correct lyrics to this song? I have a feeling that some of the lines in the above version are wrong.
    thelightsbluron August 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe EP version is better, but this is still one of my all time favorites by them.

    And yes, the lyrics are wrong.
    Chetyreon August 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwow rockstermonkey your interpretation sounds convincing. and if it was actually written about to kill a mockingbird then im impressed that you deducted that from the lyrics. now that i look at it that way, it does seem to fit the lyrics. which gives this song a whole new feeling. i have to add that although i havent heard all of their new album, they have a unique sound and could be a force to be reckoned with in the ever expanding world of indie.
    hierozionon August 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell geez, Chetyre, thanks so much for posting the right ones!

    ...

    I agree though, the EP version is much better. This song is about their tour of the south as well as To Kill A Mockingbird. It's states so on Daytrotter.com. They performed/recorded 4 songs for Daytrotter, and an explanation for each song was put up.
    thelightsbluron August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was generally frown upon to post complete lyrics in the comments section, and rockstermonkey already corrected some of them. Either way I submitted a request to fix the lyrics, so there.
    Chetyreon September 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes this whole song is a reference to To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    To add on...

    "Vapor lamps in a parking lot
    You can’t see when it’s much too far
    All that mist in your eyes
    Oh, in the night"

    That is a reference to the scene in which they are walking back from Scout's school play across the parking lot in the dark and they are followed by Bob Ewell who is trying to kill them in revenge for Atticus implying accusations against him and defending Tom Robinson. He is too afraid to go after Atticus so when he is drunk, he tries for his kids.

    "What you're hiding in your back yard
    Is turning innocence to apathy
    And accusations at another man"

    This most likelt refers to Bob Ewell making accusations against Tom Robinson about Rape on his daugther to cover up himself beating her when eh is drunk which he his "Hiding"

    So those are just my interpretations
    baseball8722on December 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto kill a mocking bird was inspiration to this song.

    laundromatinee.com/sessions/…

    "Each Year - This song practically wrote itself. It was built up from a bass part that Mathieu (bass guitar) came up with, and everyone basically just threw their parts on top of it. I had recently read To Kill a Mockingbird, which had a huge impact on me, and John and I talked a lot about it on our way down to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Those experiences served as the lyrical inspiration for John and I."
    ratushon February 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI totally love how this song is about the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" which is probably one of the few books I read in High School that really struck a chord with me. At first I didn't get the references in the song, but I kinda had a feeling that it was related to the book. This song just amazes me all the more now that I actually understand all the references, I might have to read the book again sometime as well.
    Phantom_causeson March 14, 2009   Link

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