"All We Ask" as written by Christopher Robert Bear, Daniel Raphael Rossen, Christopher M. Taylor and Edward Droste....
In this old house, I'm not alone
In a bedroom, a telephone
You made the call and I just stood by
I stripped the sheets and emptied out the sty

And the crowds that light the carnival
Are calling us home, calling us home

And all we want's another voice
To lead us along, lead us along
Lead us along

Even wasting my time with you
Doesn't matter if I think it through
You took the car around the bend
And ran it in the ground, let's pretend

And the crowds that light the carnival
Are calling us home, calling us home

And all we want's another voice
To lead us along, lead us along
Lead us along

I can't
Get out
Of what I'm into
With you

I can't
Get out
Of what I'm into
With you

I can't
Get out
Of what I'm into
With you

I can't
Get out
Of what I'm into
With you


Lyrics submitted by life_aint_chess, edited by rowanl, aneroid

"All We Ask" as written by Edward Droste Christopher Bear

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  • +1
    General Commentits.. "you took the car around ANOTHER benddd.."
    tytytytytyytyyon June 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a relationship that the singer (I’m assuming) no longer wants to be a part of.


    ’You made a call and I just stood by’


    The other person in the relationship called, but he didn’t pick up. He no longer wanted to be with is person, so he moved.

    ‘I stripped the sheets and emptied out the sty.’

    ‘And the crowds that light the carnival
    Calling us home
    Calling us home’

    Grizzly Bear is Brooklyn based, and in New York, there are carnivals all the time. He misses his home; it’s “calling” to him.

    ‘And all we wants another voice
    To lead us along
    To lead us along
    Lead us along.’

    He wants another reason to go back home, to leave his situation.

    ‘Even wasting my time with you doesn’t matter if I think it through’

    He thinks it will be okay, he’s trying to make it work, make it something its not, knowing that it’s essentially a time filler. But he knows no matter how much he thinks about it, he’ll still feel the same way.

    ‘You took the car around another bend
    Ran it in the ground, let’s pretend.’

    He wants to pretend that the other person wreaked their car “ran it into the ground” for another reason for him to leave, and get out of the relationship etc.

    ‘I can’t get out of what I’m into with you’

    No matter what he dose to leave, he can get out of the relationship. Not necessarily literally but it’s always there, there’s always something that reminds him of it. Or it could very well mean exactly what it says…

    I could have totally missed the boat here but, easy come easy go….


    P.s I totally agree with injun252. The black cad session version is rad!! Go check it out.
    rubbersoul89on November 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti could swear the chorus goes:

    all we want's another voice
    to beat us up
    beat us up
    lead us on
    Zeroson June 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere seems to be some mistakes from what I hear. I'm gonna try to fix this to the best of my ability. If you think what I've wrote is wrong please fix it. What I don't know I'll keep the same.

    In this old house
    I'm not alone
    In a bedroom
    a telephone

    You made the call
    and I just stood by
    I stripped the sheets
    And emptied out the sty

    And the crowds, they light the carnival
    calling us
    calling us

    And all we want
    Another boy
    To lead us on
    (ooohh)
    Lead us on
    (ooohh)
    Lead us on

    Even wasting
    the time with you
    Doesn't matter
    if I think it through

    You took the car
    around the back
    And I waited by
    ...

    And the crowds, they light the carnival
    calling us
    calling us

    And all we ask
    And all the boys
    Lead us on
    (oohh)
    Lead us on
    (ooohh)
    Lead us on

    I can't
    get out
    Of what I'm into
    with you
    (4x)
    athousandbirdson March 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy interpretation; the part after "think it through" sounds more like cord or card to me rather than car...
    -------------------------------
    In this old house, I’m not alone
    In a bedroom, a telephone

    You made a call and I just stood by
    I stripped the sheets and emptied out the sty.

    And the crowds that light the carnival
    Calling us home
    Calling us home

    And all they want, another voice
    To lead us all home lead us all home lead us all home.

    Even wasting the time with you, doesn’t matter if I think it through

    You took a cord around and I would bend
    and ran it in the ground, let’s pretend.

    And the crowds that light the carnival
    Calling us home
    Calling us home

    And all they ask and all they want

    Lead us all home
    Lead us all home
    Lead us all home

    I can’t get out of what I’m into with you. (4x)
    rainandrevon March 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've edited with all you guys opinion

    next time you can help even more by just posting the changes ;)
    life_aint_chesson March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi'm fairly certain it's

    "you took the car around another bend
    ran it in the ground, let’s pretend"
    treesonthemoonon March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsheesh I love this song. the "I can't get out of what I'm into with you" breakdown gives me chills
    kstemzon March 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think rainandrey is right, because they're definitely saying something more than "calling us" and "lead us on" at those parts.
    eating_for_youon April 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "that light" not "they light".
    PassiveTheoryon May 24, 2009   Link

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