"Osaka Loop Line" as written by Wes Miles, Rostam Batamanglij and Ezra Koenig....
In Osaka I saw you last
Your face pressed up against the glass
Across the tracks you're looking out
As bullets pass behind your back

And I tried to catch your eye and then
Walk past you as the train came in
But I missed you there and lost my mind
The morning crowd pushed me behind

And now I see that you fell asleep again
You've been riding this train since 2 A.M
Like the circle of fifths you drew in school
The loop line takes you 'round and through

Did I catch you there on a bicycle?
Ten steps away from Osaka-jo
Spoke to you there in Mishima
On that last train I felt the stars

And now I see that you fell asleep again
You've been riding this train since 2 A.M
Like the circle of fifths you drew in school
The loop line takes you 'round and through

And now I see that you fell asleep again
You've been riding this train since 2 A.M
Like the circle of fifths you drew in school
The loop line takes you 'round and through

In Osaka I saw you last
Your face pressed up against the glass
Across the tracks you're looking out
As bullets pass behind your back

And I tried to catch your eye and then
Walk past you as the train came in
But I missed you there and lost my mind
The morning crowd pushed me behind

And now I see that you fell asleep again
You've been riding this train since 2 A.M
Like the circle of fifths you drew in school
The loop line takes you 'round and through

And now I see that you fell asleep again
You've been riding this train since 2 A.M
Like the circle of fifths you drew in school
The loop line takes you 'round and through


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"Osaka Loop Line" as written by Rostam Batamanglij Ezra Koenig

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    General CommentThe line isn't "the pulling car pushed me back", it's "the morning crowd pushed me behind". Listen to the song with that in mind and you'll see what I mean.
    Jfking01on September 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyum.
    Technophobiaon August 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI Think the lines are:

    And I tried to catch your eye and then
    Walk past ya as the train came in
    But I missed ya there and lost my mind
    The pulling car pushed me back

    and

    Did I catch you there on a bicycle
    Ten steps away from Osaka Joe -- this probably isn't Osaka Joe, probably a Japanese place (restaurant and so forth. sounds like Osakasho to me not Osaka-Joe)
    Spoke to you there in ??? -- Sounds like Umshima - not familiar with Osaka but I would imagine this is either a town or station in or around osaka
    On that last train I felt the sky -- This sounds correct
    brawler839on August 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJfking01, your right is is "the morning crowd pushed me behind"
    jhxkcd, wanna change this? kthxbai
    brawler839on September 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSoooo gut. Love this song so much, and it actually got me a point when I was taking a random Japanese quiz. It asked what the second biggest city was and I said Osaka, just guessing from the song. Turns out to be right!
    LovePeaceRachelon December 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIn Osaka I saw you last
    Your face pressed up against the glass
    Across the track you're looking at
    As bullets pass behind your back

    -He last saw the person he's speaking of when they were sitting on a train as it was leaving while staring across the tracks. the "bullets" aren't literal bullets, they are the bullet trains, or "shinkansen" that are passing on the nearby tracks.

    And I tried to catch your eye and then
    Walked past you as the train came in
    But I missed you there and lost my mind
    The morning crowd pushed me back

    -He was looking for this person as the trains came in, but missed them, and when he finally did find the person, the crowd was too much for him to get through so he couldn't reach the train in time.

    and now I see that you fell asleep again
    You've been riding this train since 2 AM
    Like the circle of fifths you drew in school
    The loop line takes you round and through

    - Pretty self explanatory, circles of fifths, refer to a type of diagram used in music, and the Osaka Loop Line is the circular track that runs around through the Osaka and Tennouji stations in a full circle.

    Did I catch you there on a bicycle
    Ten steps away from Osaka Jyou
    Spoke to me, barely moved your mouth
    On that last train I felt the sky

    -They're remembering a time they saw this person near Osaka Castle (Osaka Jyou)

    amondryxon December 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen he sings the line
    "your face pressed up against the glass"
    it sounds all dreamy and pretty,
    but when you think about it, it's quite unpleasant.
    ha.
    RachaelPieon September 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought when he sang
    "Now I see that you fell asleep again"
    he was actually saying
    "now i see where your fantasy began"
    both interpretations are pretty cool imo :D
    davidicuson April 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEveryone who is alive should hear this song. I absolutely love it.
    The music is phenomenal. Reminds me of tunnels and rainbows. So
    trippy.. :P Also i love when they mix up the beat haha
    Udahoon April 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me hate the circle of fifths a little less
    ffoolon January 11, 2012   Link

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