A band trip dance - what could be the harm, but a six week vacation from the use of my right arm? Just the two hits, I remember nothing more: Alex hitting the switch and me hitting the floor. We're taking this lying down. The one thing I can stand up for is resting supine on the ground. Mr. McDermott, won't you help me to my feet? Because the drumline's going wild in the San Francisco streets.

The long walk home, an hour and a half, quickly turns to three or four with stops at every underpass, but by June 22nd, I have done the math. That's a hundred and five liters I'll consume of Dr. Path. Some girls will tell their secrets to anyone. The word "love" gets thrown around a lot near graduation, so please don't whisper sweet nothings in my ear when the sound of shredding vocal chords is what I want to hear, because we're going to San Francisco and I forget to wear some flowers in my hair.

She's got a secret surname that nobody knows with the most gorgeous hyphen (you wouldn't believe the way it glows) and I'm the only one who gets to see it way up close, so the rest of you can stick it up your nose. Last night, I had the strangest dream that I have ever known - my mother, in a fit of rage, chases me from our home. My mother, the murderer holds me down in the road. She's got the nail clippers at my throat.
Even though things lately may have been real horrorshow, I'm wishing I was back in utero. I'd like to go back to the way that things were before, but apparently, I'm looking at physical therapy. It won't be exactly how it used to be. It ain't hard to see that it's not that way, not that way anymore. Jesus Christ is suffering upon his cross tonight. I just sit outside waiting for frost to bite. "It's always this way," she says on her way out the door. Wait and see. The rest is yet to reveal itself to me.



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    General Commentnot quite even sure what this song is about

    this is what im feelin..

    scott mckenzie - san francisco is first thing that entered my brain after i hear the first verse

    homie is singin as if he was someone who went to frisco in the 60s in search of that LOVE &MUSIC n all that...maybe TRIPPIN ON ACID or some crazy shit ya know..summer of love, kid.

    as far as the Mr McDerm line goes....Robert McDermott, he was a professor who taught like..religion and philosophy in san fran during in the 60s and shit
    crillzon May 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSupposedly, this song is about Patrick Stickles breaking his arm at a dance party on a high school marching band trip to San Francisco. Alex Tretiak is a close friend of the band, and a sometime drummer/filmmaker/librarian in Glen Rock.
    RaygunShaunon October 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commentbest song ever written.
    frankenberry100on March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSounds like it's about him breaking his arm.
    imdanoon November 23, 2009   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningOk, now Crillz. Obviously I wouldn't expect you to know this but your interpretation of this song is wrong. And you can think mine is wrong but I'm pretty damn sure it's right. The lyricist [Patrick Stickles} grew up just down the street from me in Glen Rock. We both attended the same elementary school (central) and you can check these facts in my time outside the womb. San Francisco is where GRHS went for the choir trip some amount of years ago and he was on it. That's why it says san francisco. Mr. Mcdermmet is a high school math teacher who chaperoned the trip. and you were probably right about the tripping on acid, and evidently they were taking hits from a bong or of some alcahol and he passed out or something.
    nocash711on August 07, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationi think nocash 711 is right,
    the choir trip would explain the "but a six week vacation from the use of my right arm?" line as he is taking a vacation from school and would not need to use his right are 2 write.
    the acid, weed and booze parts would also explain the line "Just the two hits, I remember nothing more"
    AKAnathanon January 09, 2010   Link

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