"Sentimental X's" as written by and Justin Peroff Emily Haines....
Friend, a friend you used to call
Mmm
A friend, a friend you used to call
Mmm
When you back me, I was gone
Mmm
When you back me, I was gone

Off and on is what we want
What we want is off and on
Off and on is what we want
What we want is off and on

Friend, a friend you used to call
Friend, a friend you used
Friend, a friend you used
You used to call

I couldn't believe that's where they found us
When you and me, when the wild us
Taken alone it isn't harmless
Shouldn't we keep it as a promise?

All for one and one for all
Friend, a friend you used to call
All for one and one for all
Everyone you knew
Everyone you knew

Sentimental, all of you
Sentimental, all of you
Sentimental
Sentimental, all of you
Sentimental, all of you
Sentimental
(All of you, I love you)


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"Sentimental X's" as written by Brendan Canning Andrew Whiteman

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, ARTS & CRAFTS MUSIC INC DBA GALLERYAC MUSIC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is the heart of the album. It's about the band itself. The members come and go. Maybe they use one another now and then. At the end of the day, though, the sprawling cast of BSS is tied together by love for one another.
    LucasCorsoon July 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a mature Anthems! It's hard to top Anthems, but this comes really close! So good~
    Animaniacon May 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is lovely. I agree with the first commenter. I think it's about reflecting on friendships you maybe took/take for granted.
    jiggadywigon May 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beginning of this song makes me think of the end of the song Give Me Back My Dreams by the 6ths. In this song, the line "friend, a friend you used to call" is sung similarly to the line that begins with "you don't have to talk to me" in the 6ths song.
    renirambuson May 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent song.
    Gravity56on May 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobviously the best song on the new record.
    and just a remarkably clear representation of how Emily is one of their best assets, and they should have tried to use her more. All the songs she's done with them are among their best: Anthems, Swimmers, and even Backyards. And now this. She really does them so much good.
    zoolahon August 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always thought this song captured Emily and Leslie's struggle with being part time members of the band.

    With their successful careers outside of the collective having taken off by the time the song was written, it is a mature message of love and gratitude being expressed by the ladies to the rest of the band.

    All that said, it is a ridiculously tender tune.
    LeoRon November 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the first song to use Feist's, Milan's, and Haines's vocals as a trio. The words "All for one and one for all" represents this song and this band as a whole; the members may come and go but the heart of the band remains the same.
    Riddebonyon December 21, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentBest song on Forgiveness Rock Record- very subtle, very gorgeous. The lyrics build on themselves in a really clever way, too. This song is thinking about the people you retrospectively used for self-pleasure and realizing how much you actually appreciated them, I think.

    Only changes I would make (I don't know what they say after "I couldn't believe that's where they found us" and before "shouldn't we keep it as a promise?") are

    1) Opening section, "when you bagged/begged me I was gone"
    2) Second section, they say a few different things

    Off and on is what we want, what we want is often 'on'
    Off and on is what we want, what we want is often 'on'(wrong)

    3) Third section, the main line becomes "a friend of a friend you used to call"



    fgevilmonkeyon April 19, 2010   Link

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