"Fine for Now" as written by Christopher Robert Bear, Daniel Raphael Rossen, Christopher M. Taylor and Edward Droste....
There was time, it took time (impossible)
There is time, so much time
There is time, so much time

All the kids on the waterfront shyly raise their hands
Done asking for your permission, please understand

If we're all faltering, how'd I help with that?
If it's all or nothing, then let me go

If we're all faltering, why'd I help with that?
If it's all or nothing then let me go

There was time, it took time (impossible)
There is time, so much time
There is time, so much time

All the kids on the waterfront shyly raise their hands
Done asking for your permission, please understand

If we're all faltering, how'd I help with that?
If it's all or nothing then let me go

If it's all or nothing then let me go


Lyrics submitted by kstemz, edited by Mellow_Harsher, aneroid

"Fine for Now" as written by Edward Droste Christopher Bear

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  • +4
    General CommentThis seems to be about spending time with loved ones, knowing that something is eventually going to come between, be it death, moving, a new lover, etc. Instead of complaining about the lack of time that they have, say "There is time. There's so much time." Its about milking every second to the last sweet drop with the ones who are important, and realizing how fragile every minute is.

    I don't hear "If we're all faltering", I hear "We're all faltering". As if he's trying to say that people hesitate too much with their loved ones. We're all faltering. We all wait until its too late.

    In the context of Daniel Rossen's 'In Ear Park' sentiments, it seems that he is wishing he had spent more time with his father. The first line says "There was time" in regards to his father, and the next "There is time" could be about his current loved ones. Maybe he wants to spend more time with others now that he sees how important every second is.

    This could be completely wrong, but whenever I hear Dan sing "We're all faltering", I see him wishing he had not faltered, wishing he had been stronger, wishing he could be stronger, hoping he can be there.

    Maybe.
    AlfieParkon May 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhere you said " Its hard enough" I hear "if its all or nothin'"
    also at the end of "the kids walk from-" I hear "shiny graves." Don't know if that makes sense, just what I hear. :D

    GB owns.
    notlehs925on March 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThere was time, it took time. (all the while)

    There is time, so much time.
    There is time, so much time.

    All the kids on the waterfront try to raise their hands
    Not asking for your permission, please understand

    If we’re all faltering, how’d I help with that?
    If it’s all or nothing, then let me go.

    If we’re all faltering, why’d I help with that?
    If it’s all or nothing then let me go.

    There was time, it took time. (all the while)
    There is time, so much time.
    There is time, so much time.

    All the kids on the waterfront try to raise their hands
    Not asking for your permission, please understand.

    If we’re all faltering, how’d I help with that?

    If it’s all or nothing then let me go.
    If it’s all or nothing then let me go.
    rainandrevon March 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song describes family life. Life with a domineering father, and a faltering family life. Him fearing that all his children will let him down, so he will not approve of them unless they do what he wants with their lives. You have a dream not matter how practical and yet he still doesn't approve of what you do. "Not asking for you permission, please understand." Having the courage to stand up to him even with fear of being disowned. "If it's all or nothing then let me go." Not giving in to oppression any further, refusing to give your all and it not getting appreciated, so cutting loose. Some song are just right for the right point in your life.
    MAMAxton April 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif it's all or nothing, then let me go
    jjjonatronon March 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere was time, it took time (impossible)
    There is time, so much time
    There is time, so much time

    All the kids on the waterfront shyly raise their hands
    Done asking for your permission, please understand

    If we’re all faltering, how’d I help with that?
    If it’s all or nothing, then let me go.

    If we’re all faltering, why’d I help with that?
    If it’s all or nothing then let me go.

    There was time, it took time (impossible)
    There is time, so much time
    There is time, so much time

    All the kids on the waterfront shyly raise their hands
    Done asking for your permission, please understand

    If we’re all faltering, how’d I help with that?

    If it’s all or nothing then let me go
    If it’s all or nothing then let me go

    PassiveTheoryon May 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThere was time, it took time. (all the while)

    There is time, so much time.
    There is time, so much time.

    ...
    The first line in this takes place in the future tense.
    The Second and third line take place in the present tense

    This touches on the cliche that in the moment things seem to stretch for a very long time (watching a clock, or the timer on the microwave)
    But when you look back, it seems like it went too quick.



    As for the the rest of the lyrics I would have to say AlfiePark is dead on. Hesitation, or procrastination making him lose what could have been 'Milestone moments'

    But I do believe he is talking in future tense because he is wasting time now, but doesnt want to be for fear of losing time.

    but i might have tried too hard to make this song about my life
    ryanpipeson July 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctiona few of these lyrics are wrong...

    "There was a time, it took time (all the while)"
    should be: "There was a time, it took time (Impossible)"

    "All the kids on the waterfront try to raise their hands"
    should be: "All the kids on the waterfront shyly raise their hands"

    "Not asking for your permission, please understand"
    should be: "Done asking for your permission, please understand"

    so it should be as PassiveTheory said.
    (coming directly from the Grizzly Bear website)

    That being said, this is an amazing song.
    dtm007on September 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould he be referring to the movie "On the Waterfront"?
    supersoakeron March 05, 2013   Link

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