It's cold outside, I know but wait
I've been waiting so long to see the storm break
You know what?
I think your blue, I think that you'll run
'Cause you don't mean a thing
You don't mean a thing

Outside snow falling up to the hip,
Put one shoe on then the button and zip your lips
'Cause he's saying things you don't want to hear
and if you heard 'em, well, you'll be sore
Landslide snow falling off of the cliff,
Put one shoe on then the button and zip your lips
'Cause it's an american landslide,
American landslide

Baby, you didn't hear me right
But how could you hear me wrong?
Baby, I've been so clear,
How could I steer you wrong?
They could steer you wrong
Just snakes in a plane
Snakes on a plane
Just stop
Maybe calling it quits
Tell the others on my calls,
"Baby I'll just quit"
The american dream is falling out of it's seams
And I don't know what to do
All I know is it seems

Outside snow falling up to the hip,
Put one shoe on then the button and zip your lips
'Cause he's saying things you don't want to hear
and if you heard 'em, well, you'll be sore
Landslide snow falling off of the cliff,
Put one shoe on then the button and zip your lips
'Cause it's an american landslide,
American landslide

In love in the summertime
Hanging around
But the winter came
and cash came tumbling out
Of my world
A crash in the bank
A wife with my name
Just got up and left
I blame the government for our love
Locking up like the brakes on my car
'Cause I can't get enough
I swerve
A crash in the bank
America called, they want their pension plan

Outside snow falling up to the hip,
Put one shoe on then the button and zip your lips
'Cause he's saying things you don't want to hear
and if you heard 'em, well, you'll be sore
Landslide snow falling off of the cliff,
Put one shoe on then the button and zip your lips
'Cause it's an american landslide,
American landslide
America's Landslide


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American Landslide song meanings
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    My InterpretationI feel like this song could possibly be about the current economic situation in America. The title kind of gives me that impression, and some of the lyrics really go with it too.

    Like, "It's cold outside, I know, but wait / I've been waiting so long to see the storm break" could be saying that Americans have been waiting years for the government to get it together.
    In a way, the chorus could even relate to that theme. Like, "Put one shoe on then the button and zip your lips" kind of makes me think of getting bundled up to be in the situation for the long haul.
    Then, the part about being in love in the summertime, then winter coming and everything falls apart, could be like, a comparison to how it used to be to how it is now. Like summer, when people had money to do things they want, and things were easy, and it was low-stress. Then winter came, and that would be like how it is now, and people are running out of money, relationships are ending because they can't handle the pressure on the relationship. It even blatantly says, "I blame the government for our love locking up". Even more clearly stated is "America called, they want their pension plan".

    I could be way off here, but that's just what I draw from it.


    Either way, it's an amazing song that's been on repeat on my ipod for several days.
    brookeftskon August 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's actually...

    'snakes in a cage / snakes on a plane'

    this band is amazing.
    their new album is amazing.
    and they're even more incredible live !!
    lovevictoriaaon August 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI JUST GOT THE CD.
    here are the RIGHT lyrics.


    its cold outside i know but wait
    ive beenwaiting so long to see the storm break
    and you know what i think you'll do
    i think that you'll run
    cause you don't mean a thing
    boy you don't mean a thing
    haha

    outside snow falling up to the hip
    put one shoe on
    then the button and zip your lips
    cause they saying things you don't wana hear
    and if you heard em well, you would be squirming

    landslide snow falling over the cliff
    put one shoe on
    then the button and zip your lips
    in this american landslide
    in this landslide

    maybe you didn't hear me right but how could you hear me wrong?
    baby i've been so clear how could i steer you wrong?
    they could steer you wrong
    snake in a cage or snakes on a plane
    i'll just stop
    maybe call in a quit
    tell the office hold my calls
    baby i'll just quit
    the american dream is falling out of its seams
    and i don't know what to do all i know is it seems

    we feel in love in the summer time hanging around
    but the winter came and cash came tumbling out of my world
    a crash a bang
    my wife and my name just got up and left
    i blame the government for out love locking up
    like the brakes of my car cause i can't get enough i swerve
    a crash a bang
    america called they want they pension plane

    :)

    emshepxxon August 25, 2009   Link

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