"Shoulder to Shoulder" as written by Rodrigo Amarante De Castro Neves, Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro....
Shoulder to shoulder
Amused, but not advanced
He, she
You, me
It's all just circumstance
Eager, hopeful
Content to play the friend
Timid advances
With mutual regret

She can't always be wrong
He can't always be right
Not a matter of choice
Just a matter of time
Till they know where they stand
Once they've reached the end

Awkward choices
With smiles from ear to ear
A fated union
That won't survive the year
Timeless series
Of blameless accidents
Oh the stubborn cycle
Of inherited mistakes

She can't always be wrong
He can't always be right
Not a matter of choice
Just a matter of time
Till they know where they stand
Once they've reached the end

Ill pay mind where I place my trust
When the desert ends
Ill ask the dust
Ill pay mind where I place my trust
When the desert ends
Ill ask the dust


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    General CommentI think it's about being drawn to an "inappropriate" relationship of some kind (for example older woman/very young man; or cheating on a significant other; or boss/employee). The couple are shoulder to shoulder in frequent proximity, due to circumstance. They might inadvertently touch while in this acceptable environment, or maybe just eye-to-eye too long and too often, and they think it goes undetected by coworkers or coeds. Timid advances. They are kidding themselves that it also goes undetected by each other, because the air is charged with electricity between these two. It feels awkward inside because of keeping the attraction a secret, wanting to break the rules, but not daring to name it or act on it. Not daring to cross the line, which keeps getting blurred the longer they flirt indiscriminately. Have to reel it back in after each advance, so as not to jeopardize losing or ruining a good thing they have. The relationship remains fun and playful and innocent, friends. Makes makes them smile ear to ear. It's exhilarating. Within a year the relationship ends as it began, due to circumstance. Never had to face the potential rejection they avoided by not advancing. When it is over, feels like being stranded in a desert. And they only speak of it to the dust.
    barbequePleaseon November 18, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Ill pay mind where I place my trust
    When the desert ends
    Ill ask the dust "

    I ironically love this part of the song. It's the story of my life. Too scared because of past experiences
    cicommecaon March 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this could be related and help understand more of the story behind "no one's better sake", maybe.
    onrepeaton March 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't know, i haven't thought about too much, but it reminded me of a some what familiar situation. boyfriend and girlfriend, the boyfriend fools around with an old flame type thing and he doesn't really know how he feels about it all.
    sublime0089on July 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti don't know, i haven't thought about too much, but it reminded me of a some what familiar situation. boyfriend and girlfriend, the boyfriend fools around with an old flame type thing and he doesn't really know how he feels about it all.
    sublime0089on July 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti don't know, i haven't thought about too much, but it reminded me of a some what familiar situation. boyfriend and girlfriend, the boyfriend fools around with an old flame type thing and he doesn't really know how he feels about it all.
    sublime0089on July 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is how I see it guy and girl like one another. One of them is in a relationship, just got out of a serious one, or some type of akward situtation. They like eachother, but for some reason are not together. They decide to stay friends, but there are times when things happen between them, and in the end they both are regretful and happy.
    JillianRaeon March 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is more of a friends with benefits type situation.
    socialgypsyon April 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^ To follow, where one's feelings begin complicate things.
    socialgypsyon April 26, 2010   Link

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