from the echoed streets of the mission
where the night can save your life
to the rows of narrow corridors
where the world looks nothing like
anything your eyes have ever seen in your entire life
san francisco can be short and louder than the world at night
and the world exhales
and none of us can even stand still
let it rain all day on our asshole parade
cause we're smiling still
count your bruises one by one and laugh it off
and stick around down here with us
there's unity in detachment
we're not on trial
so let the time you spent on the back bench...
make the life you've lived worth while
in a city blanketed with revolution you can't live in denial
don't go living life inside those quotations
look to your friends for your inspiration
chicago rooftops will take me away from the ugly city
by the 405 where every palm tree dies and the world is burning alive

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Count Your Bruises song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is about being inspired by San Francisco, and accepting the ups and downs of life to make the most of it.

    I really like these lines:
    "and the world exhales..." (Night falls, normally a time to relax and slow down) "...and none of us can even stand still!" (But instead the singer and his friends are running around seeking new and exciting experiences all night).

    I don't know what "Chicago rooftops will take me away from the ugly city" means - anyone have an idea? The 405 is a highway near Los Angeles, a little ways south of San Fransisco. I suspect the "ugly city" is LA, as contrasted with the beautiful San Fran. But no idea what Chicago has to do with anything.
    BadAstronauton December 05, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"There's unity in detachment" was always my favorite line in this song. I think it speaks not knowing what you have til it is gone. Once something leaves you or visa versa it gives you time to reflect on it, and the things you really enjoyed in life will leave you longing for them.
    Bmiller92on February 20, 2014   Link

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