"Nothingtown" as written by and Ryan Leslie....
Let's make this complicated
Thinking is overrated
We're busting out
Of this shitty little town

Green grass and colored lenses
Tear down these picket fences
Burn in our beds
While the city lies sleeping

Why oh why?
Are we starting up and going down?
My oh my
Just the two of us in Nothingtown
Our superhero play
We'll leave this town today
Hold on tighter
With my lighter
Shining through

These city streets are burning
Rose red your wheels are turning
Make me believe
Someday we could really leave

Blindfold a new direction
Stop asking better questions
Don't figure out
That we're never getting out

Why oh why?
Are we starting up and going down?
My oh my
Just the two of us in Nothingtown
Our superhero play
We'll leave this town today
And I'll row it if you steer it
I'll yell until you hear it
Hold on tighter
With my lighter
Shining through

Why oh why?
Are we starting up and going down?
My oh my
Just the two of us in Nothingtown
Our superhero play
Our dreams get in the way
And I'll row it if you steer it
I'll yell until you hear it
Hold on tighter
With my lighter
Shining through

Still stuck in Nothingtown
Still stuck in Nothingtown
Come on let's go


Lyrics submitted by jbond311

"Nothingtown" as written by James E Mayer Roger E. Guth

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  • +2
    General CommentHold on tighter
    With my lighter
    Shining through

    my guess is that the lighter is pretty much saying, i haven't got much to shine any light with, but i do have this lighter and we'll try to make it through with what little we have
    tombradyownson June 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree about the two friends, but I think it's about them dreaming of leaving wherever they live but not doing anything about it and just tolerating living there.
    Kifon June 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about living in a Nothingtown, and just wanting to get out, move somewhere else, experience new things, and make something of yourself.

    I relate to that. I live in a Nothingtown. Population: 430. Student Enrollment at our only school (k-12): 180.
    Fallen Leaveson December 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about two friends, who smoke weed all day, making lots of talk about quitting and making something of their lifes.

    But they are just in denial, not wanting to see the truth that they won't ever change:

    "Blindfold a new direction
    Stop asking better questions
    Don’t figure out
    That we’re never getting out"
    pTnon June 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea, yea, i agree.

    this song is the most awesomest song on the album.
    i love the part:

    Hold on tighter
    With my lighter
    Shining through

    it makes me wanna sing along. hehe.
    MissNeuroticon June 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI live in a "Nothingtown", on a city that always seems to be sleeping. I kinda understand the feeling of escaping the city, dreaming of having a life in a city that offers you what you want, but at the same time, because of usual problems like health or money, you can't escape and must tolerate living here, a little more time.

    Hopefully, I'll escape my Nothingtown next year, but this song it's so freaking close to my reality that I like to "understand" it this way.
    armxon July 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis sounds like Want You Bad
    lol, as well as ripping green day off, they rip themselves. haha
    Maddie,fabregason September 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI lived in a real-life version of Nothingtown before - Missoula, Montana. Believe me, this song is dead on the money. It's about the townies, the kids that talk about busting out of their safe, dull little slice of suburbia, but never will.

    The "Hold on tighter/With my lighter" suggests either smoking or good ol' fashioned ganja, but it's a bit vague. It could go either way.
    MisterFlayeron October 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationLet's make this complicated
    Thinking is overrated
    We're busting out
    Of this shitty little town

    THis stanza is reffering to a pair of friends who are tired of always being predictable, and they are sick of the small town life. THey want to leave because everyone thinks that they will be "lima losers" who stay in their hometown for the rest of their lives.

    Green grass and colored lenses
    Tear down these picket fences
    Burn in our beds
    While the city lies sleeping

    The friends are tired of all of the illusions of small town life. They could be classified as "disgusted" with how the people in this town live. They don't want to grow up to be like all of the people in their town.

    Blindfold a new direction
    Stop asking better questions
    Don't figure out
    That we're never getting out

    They are blindly leaving because no one has ever left before. They decided not to ask any questions because their fear is that they will never leave.

    Why oh why?
    Are we starting up and going down?
    My oh my
    Just the two of us in Nothingtown
    Our superhero play
    We'll leave this town today
    And I'll row it if you steer it
    I'll yell until you hear it
    Hold on tighter
    With my lighter
    Shining through

    They are pleading to know when they can leave, if they will leave, and why no one thinks they will never leave. They are only seen as their "lighter" (refering to the smoking type, but it could be a metaphor) which is a metaphor to everyone thinking that they are losers (using the connotation of a smoker as a loser who will never go anywhere in life). The fact that they are only seen as losers who will end up staying in town makes them feel hapless at the aspect of leaving.

    Still stuck in Nothingtown
    Still stuck in Nothingtown
    Come on let's go

    They are forever going to be stuck in that nothing town state, but they desperately want to leave.
    komarxianon April 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally take this song as referring to a nothingtown as not a small town of less than 1000 people, but to a town where no one ever leaves. I live in one of these towns. People go to the only high school here, graduate, go to the only college around, get married, and end up having kids who go to the smae HS and go through the same life. I don't want to end up like these guys, and the couple I think of when I hear this song is the main singer and a person he met who possibly has left already and the singer is going to go meet up with that person.

    Finding/reaching his "sempai's" place is the endgame. It's my endgame.
    komarxianon April 18, 2015   Link

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