"Stay Positive" as written by and C Finn J Kubler....
I've got a lot of old friends that're getting back in touch
And it's a pretty good feeling yea it feels pretty good
I get a lot of double takes when I'm coming round the corners
And its mostly pretty nice its mostly pretty alright

'Cause most kids give me credit for being down with it
When it was back in the day back when things were way different
When the youth of today and the early seven seconds
Taught me some of lifes most valuable lessons

There's gonna come a time when the scene will seem less sunny
It'll probably get druggy and the kids will seem to skinny
There's gonna come a time when shes gonna have to go
With whoevers gonna get her the highest

There's gonna come a time when the true scene leaders
Forget where they differ and get big picture
'cause the kids at their shows, they'll have kids of their own
The sing-a-long songs will be our scriptures

We gotta stay positive
We gotta stay positive
We gotta stay positive
We gotta stay positive

When the chaperon crowned us the king and the queen
I knew that we'd arrived at a unified scene
And all those little lambs from my dreams
Well they were there too

'Cause its one thing to start it with a positive jam
And its another thing to see it all through
And we couldn't of even done this if it wasn't for you

We gotta stay positive
We gotta stay positive
We gotta stay positive


Lyrics submitted by shrodes, edited by kevyn999

"Stay Positive" as written by Tad Kubler Craig Finn

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    General CommentThis song really anchors the retrospective feel of the album. I especially like the reference to Massive Nights:

    She had a gun in her mouth
    And she was shootin' up at her dreams
    When the chaperon said that we'd been crowned
    The king and the queen

    The new line, "I knew that we'd arrived at a unified scene," is certainly a more positive take on that night.
    Joe Howellon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah, and the reference to unified scenes goes back to Almost Killed Me, along with the 'all the little lambs were looking up at me'.

    I love his little throwbacks, Craig manages to do it so well, without making me think he's being unoriginal or anything.
    shrodeson June 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpositive jam was the first song on almost killed me

    "There's gonna come a time
    Where she's gonna have to go
    With whoever's gonna get her the highest"
    is from separation Sunday
    mechpope13on June 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is what I love about The Hold Steady, all the songs and CDs are connected. Craig is so good at making stories and giving REAL meaning to the songs. And I'm so glad that neither of those things are lacking in this amazing CD.
    BitterBuffalo89on June 29, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"When the scene'll seem less sunny
    It'll probably get druggy"

    I think this is a reference to How A Resurrection Really Feels, where he says:
    These parties they start lovely but they get druggy and they get ugly and they get bloody.
    c0r1nth14non July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThat last couple of verses, with all the references to old songs or theirs, isn't in with the lyrics in the liner notes.
    So it seems to me that it's a thank you to the fans. Especially 'And we couldn't have even done this,
    If it wasn't for you'. It seems so sweet - and so typically hold steady - to do that.
    Feefleon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's typically Hold Steady in terms of the actual band; for instance how Craig gives the same "There's so much joy in what we do up here..." speech at the end of every show. However, I think that kind of sentimentality bordering on cheesiness is actually really unusual for the band when it comes to lyrics. I find it to be a welcome departure.

    Instead of "seven seconds," it should be the band "7 Seconds."
    JeremyB1on July 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@c0r1nth14n:

    Actually, HaRRF is itself a reference to Stevie Nix earlier on that album: "she got strung out on the scene/and she got scared when it got druggy"

    As far as I know, that's the earliest use of the phrase.
    Keterianon September 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment'I've got a lot of old friends
    That are getting back and touching'

    Surely this should be:

    'I've got a lot of old friends
    That are getting back in touch'?

    But then, I haven't got the inlay booklet to look...
    xendless_xurbiaon April 19, 2009   Link

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