It's been one long year of Saturday nights
In the city of a billion suns
Sleeping through the afternoon
With your latest only one
You had her every way from Sunday
And on Monday morning too

You used to dine out on a dollar
With a switchblade in your coat
You had your young mind in the gutter
You had your feet on the ground

See you on the way up
Or the way down
See you on the way down
Or the way up
See you on the way up
Or the way down

It was poverty that kept you sweet
And dreams that kept you young
The money started rolling in
You stopped having any fun

You used to dine out on a dollar
With a switchblade in your coat
You had your young mind in the gutter
You had your feet on the ground

See you on the way up
Or the way down
See you on the way down
Or the way up
See you on the way up
Or the way down

You used to dine out on a dollar
With your switchblade in your coat
You had your young mind in the gutter
You had your feet on the ground

See you on the way up
Or the way up
See you on the way down
Or the way up
See you on the way up
Or the way down


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    General Commentlove, love, LOVE this song. "it was poverty that kept you sweet and dreams that kept you young." perfect line.

    I could be wrong, but I feel like this could be about Jenny's childhood. About growing up poor, looking out for herself and knowing who she was. "you used to dine out on a dollar, with a switchblade in your coat, you had your young mind in the gutter, and your feet on the ground.'

    Fame and money have come and now she's remembering what used to be. That's just my take on it. Either way, beautiful song.
    jdurhamon September 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthat would make a lot of sense, but if I'm not mistaken, this is one of Rice's songs. It was originally titled "The Way Down" There's a video of him singing it (W jenny) in 2007. youtube.com/…

    Could still obviously be about Jenny since they know each other sooooo well.
    Also, the lyric back then that is now "The money started rolling in, you stopped having any fun" was: "and now you're rich on texas steam, you're not having any fun"

    (Texas steam may have something to do with railroads or trains or i might just have heard it totally wrong.)

    I thought that line might be where they got the title from, but after reading a lot of interviews I realized the title came from a bumper sticker that said "I'm having fun now" on the back of one of their newly purchased station wagons. (They have a few vintage station wagons, so cute!)
    carla1on September 12, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningJenny and Johnny introduced this song by saying it's about being young and broke.
    the14thjoeyon October 06, 2010   Link

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