As a kid the summers seemed so long;
The dusk; a never ending song
Too much, too young
He'd never hear it again.
A walk through the dismal streets
The alleys where the junkies sleep
Too much, too young
"That will never be me."
Slow
Hand in hand to the boardwalk's end,
His mother's words like the biting wind
"Please don't leave me."
He'll never hear them again
"Keep quiet, stay out of sight."
Her sunken eyes that used to burn so bright
"Please don't leave me."
"Please don't leave me."
So he hid, pressed against the wall
Under stairs in the darkened hall.
The sound of heartbreak reminded him of home.
Shadows move slow across the floor,
A minute seemed like a day or more.
The end of heartache when she opened the door.
The sights, sounds, smell of burnt out
Shame, pride, spite, love
They all come here to die.
He sobs, "Please take me a away.
Please mother bring us home safe
On nameless streets the way we came."
And suddenly she prayed
For better days
And for redemption.
Sullenly she prayed
To keep from harm's way
And for conviction.
But there's no forgiveness here.
No hope beyond that pier.
No way to get out now,
Not for her in this dead end town.
And that drunk is waiting up,
Him and Jack, the empty cup.
"Where you been? What you on? Who'd you fuck?"
One more drink to toast "Good luck"
And a stiff hand from the old man
Like the bourbon he's been drinking.
Black out.
And a stiff hand from the old man
Like the bourbon he's been drinking.
Black out.

The summers back then seemed so long;
The dawn; was a welcome song
Too much, too young
He'd never hear it again.
A walk through the dismal streets
The alleys where the junkies sleep
Too much, too young
"That will never be me."


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    General Commenti think it's about a son leaving home, messing up and then returning home, but with new habits - drinking? and he is not popular with the elderly (?) in the town - "she gets a stiff hand from the old like the bourbon he's been drinking."

    dressgirlon November 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTravels is true poetry, it's such a beautiful and sad album. Blows every other modern hardcore album I can think of out of the water. I think this song is about when the protagonist's junkie mother takes him with her one day to score drugs. He follows her deeper into the bad end of town (in which they live), until they arrive at her hook-up's house where she needs to pick up her fix. She asks him not to leave her, and tells him to keep quiet and stay out of sight. He hides under the stairs in the dark, because there are junkies everywhere in the run down building - he's scared. Everything about the building reminds him of heartbreak and of depression, the lack of all happiness - it reminds him of his home. He begs his mother to bring him home, and after she gets high, she leads him back home. When they get to their apartment, his alcoholic father is waiting there to beat her he yells at her "where you been? what you on? who'd you fuck?" and raises his hand to strike her. The son (or maybe the mother, or father) blacks out and the song ends.
    Lunk23on July 04, 2011   Link

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