"Long Island Blues" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
I see a drug bust in your eyes.
There are bruises on your thighs.
I can see you're trying to hide
All the darkness in your mind.
You got sawdust on your toes
From that sports bar down the road.
You have beer glass in your feet.
You say kiss me on the cheek.

Some people get paid to talk
Some people get paid to listen
Some people buy a ticket
And can't wait for intermission.
Just like some might love you blindly
Some might love you with conditions
Some will love you like an unloved child
Loves family traditions.

Now she's tainted by the syringe
Try to rhyme a word with orange
I'm a cheap and ugly sinner
To whose soul love is so foreign.

So if you're sideways
And if you wanna go my way
Before a meteor shower
Decides that you should be devoured
Whether you're locked up in the tower
Or if you charge them by the hour
In mama's eyes you were a flower
Forget the aftertaste of life gone sour.

Will you finish what you started?
Travel the seas you never parted
Remember things you disregarded
Communicate with the departed
Believe in things you thought weren't founded
Prepare to always be astounded
Or keep your dreams and visions grounded
It took a while but then I found it.

No one inspired you in time
So you left your love behind
In a world that discourage
One who's young and full of courage.
You said you'd start at the bottom
But instead you start at the top
Be careful what you wish for
On your lap it just might drop.

It's a lonely life at the bottom
It can be lonely too at the top
Make sure your heart is singing
Right until the day it stops.
They all say dream
But what they mean is be specific or obscene
It's time to find some time to fail at makes you most happy.

Sometimes you concentrate on lovers
To forget everything else
Sometimes you hate each other to forget you hate yourself.

So if you're sideways
And if you wanna go my way
Before a meteor shower
Decides that you should be devoured
Whether you're locked up in the tower
Or if you charge them by the hour
Tell me you'll always be a flower
Forget the aftertaste of life got sour.

Will you finish what you started?
Before you celebrate with a cigarette
Remember things you disregarded
Communicate with the departed
Prepare to always be astounded
Believe in things you thought weren't founded
Don't keep those dreams and visions grounded
It took a while but now I found it.


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"Long Island Blues" as written by Julian Casablancas

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    General Commentthis is the most beautiful, meaningful song i've ever heard. it's perfect and his voice is perfect.
    xmissyyyxon July 29, 2011   Link
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    General Commenthe kinda sounds like the singer of franz ferdinand in this song.

    and i love how he rhymed syringe and orange.
    porklulzon March 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHow does this only have 1 comment? This song is beautiful, and so hopeful. As someone about to go into the "real world," this really hits home.
    theroolson June 01, 2010   Link

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