"October" as written by and James Mercer Brian Burton....
So you showed me around your town
To hell again and back
Our love has served to alienate
All the friends you depend on
I know it might seem odd

I know it might seem odd
Cause your not the only one
I remember my self as a lonely child
So I was
And you've got me wrong
You've got me wrong

(Ground your sense of worth
Til the spark of morning burns
And all those searching eyes
Could scold your tender mind)

Remember what they say
There's no shortcut to a dream
It's all blood and sweat
And life is what you manage in between

But what you don't know
Is you're too young and eager to love
Seething eyes
So you're about to get into
The ditch that you opened up

(Ground your sense of worth
Til the spark of morning burns
And all those searching eyes
Could scold your tender mind)

So the stars aligned
And leave you behind
You wanna sow it up
Here come the light
Of an autumn moon
Sister you know enough
But for now just let it go
Don't run, don't rush
Just flow

Through the give and take you had to learn
How to cross the coals and not get burned
But you're really just a little girl
Playing in the park until the sun goes down

Sometime you want to rise
One did it's our desire
No doubt you think you braided your own hair
So you're all grown up

Should you want to cross the line
Which way do you want to fly?
Pretend that love could help you find your way
But you got me wrong
Yeah you got me wrong


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"October" as written by James Mercer Brian Burton

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    General CommentI think that when he's referring to a little girl its about her naivety. I think hes talking about a girl who thinks that this love that she has will solve everything and be easy (theres no shortcut to a dream). But shes young and naive and can't actually see who he is (you've got me wrong). I think he's alluding to that first love that everyone has when you don't completely understand what it means and thats something that will come in time with experience (through the give and take you had to learn how to cross the coals and not get burned).
    breezybay11on March 23, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI found these lyrics at metrolyrics.com, and they fit what I've been hearing a lot better:

    So you show me round your town
    ...
    I love the sexy way you made all the friends you depend on

    I know it might seem odd
    Kid, you're not the only one...
    ...

    (...
    and all those searching eyes,
    do they scald your tender pride?)

    ...

    But what you don't know
    Is you're too young and eager to love
    This evening I see you're about to get into
    The ditch that your old man dug
    ...

    See the stars align
    And leave you behind
    You want it so, and I
    I come by light of an autumn moon
    Sit still, you know enough...

    ...

    So torn and worn and wise
    One day and your time is up
    No doubt you think that you braided your own hair
    So you all grown up

    Should you want to cross the line,
    Which way did you want to find?
    Pretend that luck could help you find your way
    But you got me wrong...


    I feel like it's about the nature of teenage girls. The singer is describing a teenage girl who charms everyone into being her friends so she can depend on them, who thinks she's "so torn and worn and wise," who believes she's got the world figured out, but whose "tender pride" is easily scalded because she's not really as grown up as she thinks she is. She'd like to think she can go anywhere and do anything, but as he points out to her in the last verse, "Should you want to cross the line, / Which way did you want to find?" She doesn't really know what she's doing after all, and luck won't get her as far as she thinks it will.

    I'm not entirely sure about the meaning of "This evening I see you're about to get into / The ditch that your old man dug," but it fits what I'm hearing better than anything I've read so far. Perhaps it has to do with the girl breaking her father's rules about going out at night?
    geekouton June 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"This evening I see you're about to get into / The ditch that your old man dug,"

    I think, if we're going by the theme of naivite, this line alludes to the fact that the girl has come up in the world mostly on the shoulders of her parents. She is a Daddy's girl, and her reliance on him to get through the harder things in life will be the ditch she is about to "get into" once she starts her journey on life's road alone.

    In other words, the ditch her old man dug was how much he was always there for her when maybe she needed to learn how to be there for herself.
    EyesBehindon June 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy do you think it's titled October?
    leahg14on February 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"So the stars align
    and leave you behind."
    jaximus23on March 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"There's no shortcut to a dream."
    jaximus23on March 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeething, I see
    You`re about to get into
    The ditch that you opened up

    sounds more like "deceiving eyes, so you're about to get into the dates you opened up."
    yazelis13on April 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's definitely talking about naivety.
    This song is amazing.

    "But what you don't know is you're too young and eager to love."
    In my mind, that ^ is the key line to naivety in the song.
    You never know though, a lot of artitst write about general things with a serious hidden message, you know?
    The artist is really the only person who knows what it's about.

    The song makes me feel like i'm living in the 70s:)
    GiveMeLifeon May 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"So you`re about to get into
    The ditch that you opened up"

    It's

    "So you're about to get into
    The ditch that your old man dug."
    hoorayimhelpingon October 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLast two lines of the first verse should be "our love has served to alienate all the friends you depend on".
    joshpurintonon December 03, 2010   Link

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