Flying model rockets own the sky in the backyard next to mine
I get these strange phone calls at night with no one on the other side
My brother's friend explains to me with breathless words and bloody knees
It's a black eyed trust, respect with pain.
A love I'll learn when I've been through the same.

But there's nothing in California that you could not learn to hate here
The questions will all still be waiting for you, the answers will only be less clear
It's hard to say what I would do if I was back a year or two
Look at our plans, try to understand what could have happened to all of them.

Flying model rockets own the sky in the backyard next to mine
I get these strange phone calls at night with no one on the other side
My brother's friend explains to me with breathless words and bloody knees
It's a black eyed trust, respect with pain.
A love I'll learn when I've been through the same.


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    Song MeaningThe song starts off by talking about flying model rockets, which are reminiscent of the singer's past, especially his childhood. The phone calls he talks about are from someone he knows or knew in the past too. As the song goes on we learn that the caller might be his brother.

    The singer then recalls an event that happened with his older brother's friend, who tolerates the brother's abuse because he sees it as a sign of friendship and tells the singer he wouldn't understand until he's been through the same. This tells us that the younger brother is not that close with the older one, and might even hate him or be scared of him.

    The song then transitions to the singer telling his brother that wants to move from california to where he's staying that he can't just run away from his problems by moving. The singer looks at how much he's changed in the past one or two years and tells his brother to try to understand why their plans could have changed.

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    I think this song is about the singer reflecting on his relationship with his older brother and how it changed throughout the past, and how they both want to be closer but circumstances aren't allowing it currently.
    janeaparis1on February 24, 2014   Link

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