"We Did It When We Were Young" as written by and Brian Fallon....
Don't write me no more letters
My mailbox is full of bombs
Between you and the kooks on my block
I don't remember the good times
I wasn't there and you were kind
And my wife has some dogs in our yard
And I cannot hold a candle for every pretty girl
We were strangers many hours
And I missed you for so long
When we were lions, lovers in combat
Faded like your name on those jeans that I burned

But I am older now
And we did it when we were young
I am older now
And we did it when we were young

There are no reasons to believe
I buried my faith on the block
With your heart and your clothes
When I find
I don't feel you or recall
I'll put your bones out in the yard
Someone else to be called and called by
And I cannot hold a candle for every pretty girl
We were strangers many hours
And I missed you for so long
When we were lions, lovers in combat
Faded like your name on those jeans that I burned

But I am older now
And we did it when we were young
I am older now
And we did it when we were young


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"We Did It When We Were Young" as written by Brian Fallon

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  • +5
    General CommentNarrator is reflecting on a past relationship that ended bitterly. He is content with his current life with his general comfort, wife and well-being. His past love must have re-entered his life in some way and he is letting her know that although he once loved and cherished her deeply, he has moved on and remember how she mistreated him.

    realsoundingon June 24, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMy favorite song off the album, I think. All the songs are amazing though (of course!)

    Not quite sure what it's about. I see it as kind of... bitterly reminiscent. I see the narrator like sitting on the porch of his little suburban house, with his wife and his dogs, and thinking about the past. How hard life used to be and how he crawled out of it half dead and broken for... the suburbs and some dogs.

    Or alternatively, he crawled out of mess his life used to be, half dead and broken, and is trying to settle into this new life and somebody from that past shows up and throws everything ass over teakettle.

    I don't know, but I love it. The way he sings the line 'And I cannot hold a candle for every pretty gun' and the chorus. He kills me.
    Desaparecidaon June 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionOne of the best songs of 2010.
    theotherivanon May 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs on the album!
    Lexisonfireon April 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt says "every pretty gun" in the booklet actually. Besides, Gaslight Anthem rarely uses direct terms for things. Every pretty gun obviously means every pretty girl, its just the way they write songs.

    Anyway, this is my favorite song off the album because of how much I can relate to it. I pretty much agree with realsounding's explanation. A guy thinks he loves a girl, but was never really happy with her and they always fight. The guy eventually gets fed up with it and just leaves. "And I cannot hold a candle for every pretty gun" means that he can't keep on loving every girl he's been with, and has to move on, which is what the chorus is about. That was then and this is now.
    OmegaHunter24on July 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsurely it's "cannot hold a candle for every pretty girl" doesn't that make more sense? definately my favourite off American Slang. and i thought it was "liars, lovers and con-men" but now i'm not so sure. still, i like my interpretation better. sounds more poetic
    SecretScumon July 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are no reasons to believe
    I buried my faith on the block

    I always sing I buried my faith in another blonde...
    maybe that's just me.
    carryoutkidon May 04, 2016   Link

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