"Sonny Feeling" as written by and Jeff Tweedy....
I was on my way home
From high school
Stuck at the crossing
I dug in for a duel

But at the last moment
I buried the brakes
My life split in two directions
Into two separate fates

I got on the last flight
To Amsterdam
But couldn't hit the runway
So we took off again

Aw, there's no need to worry'
The captain cut in
The winds are less angry
Over in Berlin

You know it's true
The other shoe
It waits for you
What can you do?
Remember to show gratitude
The darkest night is nothing new

Sonny's got a problem
All the mini-mart clerks know
She knows nothing of Eminem's
Suburban gangster flow

Oh maybe it's random
How each moment unfolds
It didn't feel like the wrong time or place
Until they cut off her clothes

A sonny feeling is taken away
A sonny feeling is taken away
A sonny feeling is taken away
A sonny feeling is taken away

I'm on my way home
From my high school
I'm always contemplating
Why the kids are still cruel
Oh, the kids are still cruel

A sonny feeling is taken away
A sonny feeling is taken away
A sonny feeling is taken away
Some of the feeling gets taken away

Lyrics submitted by TheDirge, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Sonny Feeling" as written by Mikael Jorgensen Nels Cline


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    General CommentI think the song is about fate.
    He thinks, what would have happen if that duel in high school would have ended differently?
    Or if the winds over Amsterdam would not force us to land in Berlin? Or the plane would crash?
    Some critical crossroads in our fate are guided by chance and one could only imagine the different life (or death) he could have lived in other circumstances.
    Apparently JT is talking about a girl named Sonny who was attacked by cruel kids (Eminem's
    suburban gangster flow).
    He connects this incident with his own experience in high school (duel?) that may have ended differently.
    OddHaton July 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsp?
    inafutureageon October 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe first two stanzas are talking about a time in high school when the narrator was driving and tried to beat a train (stuck at a crossing), he thought he was going to get hit (dug in for a duel), but he buried the brakes and survived. But at that moment, his life was split in two: what MIGHT'VE happened if he did get hit by the train vs. what IS happening.

    Same thing in the 3rd and 4th stanzas. Just a close call on an airplane. A missed landing, which was mundane to the pilot, but scared the crap out of the narrator.

    The other shoe that waits for you? Well, the saying is, "I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop" which means, I just escaped this situation, but I'm waiting for something bad to happen.

    I believe that maybe Sonny was shot by gang crossfire. She was just hanging out at the mini-mart, but doesn't know of "Eminem's suburban gangster flow." Later her clothes were cut off, which is what happens during an emergency room visit or an autopsy.

    Basically, this song is about fate, as OddHat said. It all seems random until you NEED fate to comfort you after some tragic or scary situation.

    This song confirms that Jeff is the Tweediest.
    plarpcoon October 19, 2009   Link

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