I’ll see you tonight down at Sophia’s place
It’s always a good time
The polished mahogany, gin and cigars
Ah, come on then

Hey, Leah
Am I getting through
It’s one more silver lining for the weekend

Hey, we're here
Am I getting through
The candles in your eyes are still burning

The next time I see you at Sophia’s place
We’ll fall right back in line
They’ll tilt up your glass
in the mere so clear
Well come on then, and be a good friend

Hey, Leah
Am I getting through
There’s one more silver lining
So come on then, be a good friend

Hey, Leah
Am I getting through
Your shining eyes are brighter than the moonlight

Every bone in my body
Broken one time or two
Every hour of the long day
Rather spend with you
Every year that I’m living
Got to stick by your side

Sun goes down
Moon comes up
Sky is black and blue
Here I stand
Honey, where are you?



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    General Commentthis song is fucking gorgeous!


    "Every hour of the long day
    Rather spend with you
    Every year that I’m living
    Got to stick by your side
    Sun goes down
    Moon comes up
    Sky is black and blue
    Here I stand
    Honey, with you"



    he's basically saying no matter what, day after day; he is still going to love her & would rather be with her than anyone else. he will never leave...
    maureenomalley23on December 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthas to be the most unappreciated song of 2008
    hamfohon February 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song.
    jesusriceon June 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat love song. love the tempo changes at the 1:20 mark and again around 2:40 with that great last verse.
    bhugheson June 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Walkmen's best song
    ERmco23on August 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLyrics seem a little off to me; I have:

    I'll see you tonight down at Sophia's place
    It's always a good time
    The polished mohogany
    Gin and cigars
    Yeah, come on then

    Hey, Leah
    Am I getting through
    Here's one more silver lining for the weekend
    Hey, Leah
    Am I getting through
    The candles in your eyes are still burning

    The next time I see you at Sophia's place
    We'll fall right back in line
    They'll tilt up your glass
    In the mere so clear
    Well, c'mon then and be a good friend

    Hey, Leah
    you'll see
    There's one more silver lining
    So c'mon then and be a good friend
    Hey, Leah
    Am I getting through
    Your shining eyes are brighter than the moonlight

    Every bone in my body
    Broken one time or two
    Every hour of the long day
    Rather spend with you
    Every year that I'm living
    Got to stick by your side

    Sun goes down
    Moon comes up
    Sky is black and blue
    Here I stand
    Honey, where are you?
    generalguyzon October 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno comments on lyrics other than to say this is a great song
    spmulliganon May 05, 2012   Link
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    General Comment@generalguyz has the closest lyrics thus far, and I've edited them after two live shows and listening on my studio gear.

    The most important change: the last line is "honey, where are you?".

    The song is dark and brooding. There are some happy sentiments in the song, his loving commitment and hope for happiness for her and with her, but it is shadowed by a doubt and loneliness.

    The story begins with him encouraging her to come out to a party to get over a sadness, ex. "ah come on, let's go to Sophia's and have a drink. It will make you feel better."

    The tone changes at the next party, ex. "we'll fall right back in line", suggesting that it has become an unhealthy routine. Partying did not cheer her up, but instead has become a continuous avenue of escape from her grief. It is no longer him encouraging her to have fun, but the peer pressure of their friends (ex. "come on, be a good friend. Drink with us have a good time") drawing her deeper into the habit. The words tell us he is watching from afar, suggesting he feels distanced from her, and saddened to see her still hurt.

    Both statements about the light in her eyes are expressions of affection and reassurance that are falling on deaf ears. Ex. "Am I getting through? You're beautiful and I still see hope. It'll get better."

    Then he reaffirms his commitment to her, with love and pity (meekly suggesting co-dependence), but the last line...

    "Honey, where are you?"

    The last line conveys his loneliness loudly... she doesn't see or hear or acknowledge his affection... just like all the "Am I getting through?", it says... "here I am, your ever loving friend, and where are you? Not with me, but over there drinking and partying with people who don't really give a shit".

    The album, You & Me, is an honest reflection on a long standing relationship, its flawed romance and hopeful struggles. But like most melodramatic lyricism, even its happy moments are cradled by pangs of nostalgia and heartbreak.

    Everyone has sung it, but it is excellent because The Walkmen do it perfect.

    Here's an excellent review: pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/12084-you-me/


    For me, the imagery of the parties at Sophia's just pop out and come alive. Maybe it's because I have always had rowdy drunken friends, but I picture an old Irish pub, the smoke in the low lit room, the roaring laughter and shouting, clatter of glasses on the bar top, and I can almost smell the gin and cigars.

    It was ever more amazing live in San Francisco.
    treywhiteon December 31, 2012   Link

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