You can tell Gayle, if she calls
That I'm famous now for all of these rock and roll songs
And even if that's a lie
She should've given me a try
When were kids on the field of the first day of school
I would've been her fool
And I would've sang out your name in those old high school halls
You tell that to Gayle, if she calls

And you can tell Jane, if she writes
That I'm drunk off all these stars and all these crazy Hollywood nights
That's total deceit
But she should've married me
And tell her I spent every night of my youth on the floor
Bleeding out from all these wounds
I would've gotten her a ride out of that town she despised
You tell that to Janey, if she writes

But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
That will cut you to ribbons sometimes
And all you can do is just wait by the moon
And bleed if it's what she says you ought to do

You remind Anna, if she asks why
That a thief stole my heart while she was making up her mind
I heard she lives in Brooklyn with the cool
Goes crazy over that New York scene on 7th Avenue
But I used to wait at the diner, a million nights without her
Praying she won't cancel again tonight
And the waiter served my coffee with a consolation sigh
You remind Anna, if she asks why

Tell her it's all right

You know it's hard to tell you this
Oh, it's hard to tell you this
Here's looking at you, kid


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    General CommentIt's the absolute quintessential lost love song. This song doesn't leave things so resolved, it's about feeling lost or unresolved in the tragic loss of love. When you're not sure if you've given up on a Love, you want them still to want you, you want them to think of you as a great person so that maybe, just maybe you could give it a go again (if it weren't so fucked up) you want all your dreams to be true, so you'll be more attractive and could go back to them honorably. It's about feeling alone in the world, even at a party or where-have-you, without the one who still keeps your heart, even if they're not keeping it right, and you didn't keep theirs right. It's about feeling bad for hurting someone you love, and having to live with that, with yourself as you try to move on (even though you still want a way back to them, either through you mum, your sister, whoever, 'if she calls home, tell her what I don't have the right to say'). It's about holding on and all the myths you create for the grandeur of your commitment to them, because as messed up as it is/was, it was still profound and defines your heart, the very way you feel. It's about giving someone a thousand chances to choose you, but having it stolen away from both of you in the meantime. And so much more. This song just nails it. Maybe the best love song EVER. Here's looking at you kid, I feel has more to do with the fact that he stills spends lots of time with them even though he can't talk with them, just call them up out of the blue. It's the 'looking at you kid' when you walk away from a party you can't relate to... down to the beach to be with all the loves who maybe the moon will send a message to for you... 'Boys will be boys, and girls have those eyes' i.e., boys will fuck up a good thing, and girls will show you what you did, and it'll tare you to pieces for a long time to come - 'waiting by the moon'. Ya, this song encapsulates the lions share of the tragedy of love in 3 simple verses (and a couple bridges).
    redresonanton August 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLove this song. It's like such a thing all guys go through. You fall in love in middle school, in high school, in college. and if you're lucky, like me, you wind up with the girl you were meant for all along. You treat her like a princess then you get to say to the other girls: "This is what you missed out on, and you know what, I'm not even bitter and heartbroken because I found the you that wasn't you that I'd been waiting for all along. Hope you're having fun without me." It's like a fuck-you song without any anger. Think of all the girls listening that could have been with a dude like Brian Fallon and are now with some schmuck/ he stuck it to them, and not even in a mean way.
    rbach48on June 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionthis song is so sad.
    Maritimetomon July 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI'm with Jax5150 on this one. It's Brian's version of Springsteen's 'Good luck, goodbye' in Bobby Jean. He tried his best with those girls, tried to be what he thought they wanted: a rock and roll star, a guy with a car who would take them out of their dead end town, a guy who shows up every time. But those girls never showed so much devotion. Gayle never gave him a chance, Jane wouldn't marry him and Anna was unreliable.

    The song is one last goodbye to those girls and all the pain he's been holding onto. He can't carry it around with him anymore. It's difficult for him to forgive - he can't even say it. The best he can manage is 'tell her it's alright' and a vague line from a movie 'here's looking at you kid'.

    Maybe he realised that he was giving too much without ever directly asking these girls for anything in return, maybe he found someone who gave as much as he did or maybe he's still alone and he's just looking for some peace.
    Nikko86on December 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentCorrection Suggestions:

    - I'm believe it's "Anna", not "Nana"
    - I thought it might have been "side" instead of "sigh" on "the waiter served my coffee with a consolation side", as in a consolation side dish of food or something. But I guess it could be either. Hard to tell

    Everything else looks good though, this is one of my favorite songs on the album. Kinda Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts-ish. Awesome
    Medicationson July 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso you left out one line where he says

    "You remind Anna, if she asks why.
    Tell her it's alright."
    Medicationson July 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song owns.
    faxman10on July 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone know what "Here's looking at you, Kid." means at the end as the title?
    mpentolaon October 02, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"by mpentola on 10-02-2008 @ 10:15:19 PM
    does anyone know what "Here's looking at you, Kid." means at the end as the title?"

    It's a line from the film 'Casablanca', and the leading man says it to the leading lady when he tells her that he regretably has to leave her forever (hence the use of the lines 'Hard to tell you this', just like it was hard for the film's character to tell her).

    Beautiful song, and the meaning is very straight forward.
    Wobbieon October 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust some food for thought:

    This phrase is actually a toast that originated around the fights that occurred in the pubs of old. It was commonplace for a patron to wait until his adversary was drinking from their stein of ale (and their vision was therefore blocked by the stein) to attack ... it bettered their odds of success. Tis led to the development of the glass-bottomed stein in which the drinker could keep the other patrons in their vision even when drinking.

    Thus came the toast "Here's looking at you"
    gofuckyourselfon December 26, 2008   Link

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