We'd come seven hours down
Took the blue line to see where we hopped out
And I was only joking, and I was only joking
And I was only trying to get a laugh

You say this was the furthest that we had come
Travel so far to watch it fall, undone
And I had lost my token
You were looking bent and broken
Staring sideways with the rain coming down

But I am so enthralled
O New England
La da dum da
O New England
La da dum dum

This here is the fable of a failed attempt
(Fable, failed attempt now)
Find new life in a love in the seat of its origin
(Failed attempt, now)

From Long to Coney Island
From mid to west to upper Highland
And all I got is this ill-gotten, full-colour souvenir

The new millennium in New York
And all of New England
La da dum dum
O New England
O New England
In the face of your empire
I think I'd rather just wait in the car
And return to the turnpike
Watching the New England skyline sinking below
Sinking below

We'd come seven hours down
(We'd come seven hours down)
We'd come seven hours down
(We'd come seven hours down)


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    General CommentYORK is an ENGLISH city so it's not too much of a stretch to say NEW York would constitute NEW England. Although typically it isn't included.
    blindparadoxon March 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the line in question is "from Long to Coney Island".
    Bluemaskon October 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIndeed, like from Long Island to Coney Island. Love the imagery in this song.
    Greldon7on November 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure it's "the new millenium IN new york"
    i went to see the decemberists at terminal 5 yesterday and they sang this song.
    this is an amazing, amazing song- it gives me the chills.
    my favorite new track from my favorite band :).
    iwishiwason November 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst off, this is a great song from the Decemberists- but we knew that already.

    I think that the trip and New England in this song are images which represent a relationship. My interpretation of this song is that they- a guy and a girl, probably- are taking some sort of road trip ("we'd come seven hours down/took the blue line to see where we hopped out") and they realise that the whole trip was disasterous to their relationship, or vice versa ("you say this was the furthest we had come/travel so far to watch it fall, undone"). By the end of the trip, ("I think I'd rather just wait in the car/And return to the turnpike/and see the New England skyline sinking below"), he is tired of the trip/relationship, and wants to leave New England and/or the relationship behind. This is pretty applicable to me right now, I'm making plans with my best guy friend (whom I've liked for...going on two years now) for the summer to take a road trip, and I really hope that it doesn't destroy our friendship and things. I hope that made sense haha.
    floppydiskmaniaon November 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song...I first heard it live at Cornell this past weekend. The only thing that confuses me is all the references to New York, which is not part of New England. Pretty song, though.
    MrningView 89on November 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen the Decemberists played in Boston two years ago, Colin Meloy said that he used to go out with a girl who was from Boston and he and her mom did the freedom trail (I guess the girlfriend refused to do it or something). This might be about his trip to Boston. The blue line probably refers to the Train system in Boston and the T's blue line mostly goes along the waterfront, it leads to the aquarium and airport. The subway system in Boston up until two years ago took tokens (hence the mention of him losing his token).
    musicforlife!on December 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk fixed
    leahZelfon December 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I saw the Decemberists in Philadelphia, on November 7, 2008, Colin mentioned that this was..well about New England ("Which New York is not apart of, and don't believe anyone that tries to convince you other wise.") and his first and only experience with shop lifting for which he "held no remorse for [the store] afterwards."
    unspecialfishon December 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe line is obviously "ill-gotten foal-colored souvenir" -- ill-gotten as in shoplifted, foal-colored referring to horses
    bitta2sweeton December 25, 2008   Link

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