"Last Night at the Jetty" as written by and Noah Benjamin Lennox....
Dreams that we once had
Did we have them anyway?
Seems that we once had
Now we'll have them all the time

Didn't we have a good time?
I know we had a real time now
Who could say we're not just as we were?
No one could deny
My, my I know

I don't want to describe something that I'm not
I don't want to hide the hopes that I have
I want to enjoy what's meant to enjoy
Not try to find slights and slurs to employ

Say what you will
I've a pretty sound mind to go
I know I could not go
Even if I had the eyes to try

You have your ways
I have my ways
We have our ways
And I'll call you my friend

And I'll call you my dream that I once had
Did I have it, anyway?
Seems that I once had
Now I'll have them all the time

Didn't I have a good time?
I know I had a real time now
Who could I say I'm not just as I was?
No one could deny
My, my


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"Last Night At the Jetty" as written by Noah Benjamin Lennox

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  • +4
    General CommentSo for the sake of accuracy, these are the 100% accurate lyrics:

    (Based almost entirely on Havenspear's transcription, but adding zachten's correction)

    Dreams that we once had
    Did we have them anyways?
    Seems that we once had
    Now we’ll have them all the time
    Didn’t we have a good time
    I know we had a real time now
    Who could say were not
    Just as we were
    No one could deny
    My my
    I know
    I dont want to describe something that i’m not
    I dont want to hide the hopes that i have
    I want to enjoy whats meant to enjoy
    Not try to find slights and slurs to employ
    Say what you will
    I’m of a pretty sound mind to go
    I know i could not go
    Even if i had the eyes to try
    You have your ways
    I have my ways
    We have our ways
    And i’ll call you my friend
    And i’ll call you my dream
    That i once had
    Did i have it anyways?
    Seems that i once had
    Now i’ll have them all the time
    Didn’t i have a good time?
    I know i had a real time now
    Who could say i’m not
    Just as i was
    No one could deny
    My my
    bgpiperon May 01, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Commentyes this song is about the movie "la jetee". noah is just amazing lyrically as the rest of animal collective. this song is very nostalgic and pretty straight forward:

    the part where he talks about describing something he's not, and then the following lines after "you had your ways, i had my ways", seems to be the breaking point of the relationship explaining why it didn't work; some type of disagreement. but in the end he calls them his friend, and he seems to be left in his own haunted thoughts as to why the relationship ended and now they're looking back whether or not both parties had a mutual feeling about the relationship, or was it just one sided and he was the only one enjoying the time that was spent together.

    i love this song. :)
    scorpiorising85on August 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentofficial lyrics

    dreams that we once had
    did we have them anyways?
    seems that we once had
    now we'll have them all the time
    didn't we have a good time
    i know we had a real time now
    who could say were not
    just as we were
    no one could deny
    my my
    i know
    i dont want to describe something that i'm not
    i dont want to hide the hopes that i have
    i want to enjoy whats meant to enjoy
    not try to find slights and slurs to employ
    say what you will
    i've a pretty sound mind to go
    i know i could not go
    even if i had the eyes to try
    you have your ways
    i have my ways
    we have our ways
    and i'll call you my friend
    and i'll call you my dream
    that i once had
    did i have it anyways?
    seems that i once had
    now i'll have them all the time
    didn't i have a good time?
    i know i had a real time now
    who could say i'm not
    just as i was
    no one could deny
    my my
    Havenspearon February 15, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentand people say he writes brief repetitive lyircs... i signed up for this site because of this song.
    TheFodgeon April 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOne more thing: I think there is another syllable in that line that says "i've a pretty sound mind to go". it almost sounds like "i've a [my] pretty sound mind to go", but obviously that makes no sense. I am really bad at deciphering lyrics, but I can tell when a line just doesn't fit, and that one as it stands doesn't.
    patinthehaton April 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPS: I agree with Patinthehat's point; the change from the collective "we" in the first verse to the singular "I" in subsequent verses, and then the actual repetition of the same lines ("Didn't we/I have a good time?") using the new subject are my favorite aspects of the song. Plus the awesome rhythm of the " I know I know I know I know I know" part.
    I think the song is about a relationship of some sort that has ended, but the first verse takes place very recently after the end, and the two singer and the other person included in the "we" still probably think about each other often and spend time together; they've split but almost regretfully.
    I think the section immediately following the "I know" explain why they broke up, they just weren't right for each other - he was changing himself to please the other person, and he doesn't want to be someone else, but be himself.
    The line "You have your ways, I have my ways, We have our ways" I think sums up the entirety of the song best - they both have some things in common, they do care for each other, but they are also very different.

    I love this song.
    The question lines, "Did I have it anyways?", "Didn't I have a good time?" attempts to justify the relationship. They could also be interpreted more literally, implying that he really wonders if he did have a good time.
    "My my" kind of confuses me. I think maybe it's said reflectively, kind of like a response to remembering this whole ordeal. "My, my, what a time that was?"
    bgpiperon May 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like reading the "I know" part in full verse,

    I know I know I know I know

    IKNOWIKNOW

    I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW

    IKNOWIKNOW

    I know I know I know I know I know I know I know

    IKNOWIKNOW

    I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW

    IKNOWIKNOW

    I know I know I know
    inkwellon December 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionwhy hasn't anyone commented on this?? this song is amazing.

    i can't make out everything, but for corrections:
    both instances of " no one could do that now" should be "no one could deny my mind"

    these two lines: "I don't want to spot something I am not
    I don't want to hide the bumps that I have

    should read: "I don't want to describe something that I'm not
    I don't want to hide the hopes that I have"


    and lastly, this verse: "Say what you will
    ???
    I know I could not go
    ???"

    i think should be: "Say what you will
    and we're lucky if I start to cry
    I know I could not go
    Even if I had the eyes to try"
    cmgchris900on February 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the part where "and I'll call you my friend" turns into "and I'll call you my/Dream that I once had". It totally recasts the following verse as more nostalgic for the time mentioned at the start, as if we've jump-cut to 20 years later and he can't remember if it was all just a dream.
    DrRoyon February 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think this song is about a good relationship coming to an end. He's asking himself what went wrong, when it seemed like they "had a good time".

    This is probably my favourite track off Tomboy, along with Slow Motion.
    patinthehaton April 07, 2011   Link

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