Sydney, whenever you feel unhappy
All you have to do is call me
I can make you laugh
Sydney, I know that you were wrongly accused
I hope you don't lose your sense of humor
Allegations made in the school yard
Soccer moms gossip in the dog park
Their bark is worse then their bite
They're only a couple of crazy cougars
They're bored and spreading their desperate rumors

You know that I was never that cool
But I won't be taken for a fool
If they wanna talk trash
They can talk, talk, talk
But they better come collect
And if you ever need me, call me
I'll come runnin' straight to you

Straight from the airport
(I'll come runnin')
Cut through the customs line
(I'll come runnin')
Bust down the courthouse doors
(I'll come runnin')
Sydney, I will testify
(I'll come runnin')
Sydney, I will testify to ya

We were in the basement
Just giving our blood on stage and
Pretending that we were famous
While you were getting framed
I went back to my room in Surrey Hills, yes I did
I didn't know you were in trouble until you came in
Just as skinny as a twig in my kitchen
And told me I was looking at a dead man
I said, "Sydney, you're wrong."

There's a lot of good people living in LA, yes there are and
We won't let nobody take you away, no we won't

You know I was never that cool
But I won't be taken for a fool
If the wanna talk trash they can talk, talk, talk
But they better come collect
And if you ever need me you just call me
I'll come runnin' to you

Straight from the airport
(I'll come runnin')
Cut through the customs line
(I'll come runnin')
Bust down the courthouse doors
(I'll come runnin')
Sydney I will testify
(I'll come runnin')
Sydney I will testify
(I'll come runnin')
I will testify
(I'll come running')
I will testify
(I'll come runnin')
to ya, to ya, to ya

Sydney whenever you think you need me
Call me up and I'll come runnin' straight to you

I was never that cool
But I won't be taken for a fool
If the wanna talk trash they can talk, talk, talk
But they better come collect
And if you ever need me you just call me
I come runnin' to ya

Straight from the airport
(I'll come runnin')
Cut through the customs line
(I'll come runnin')
Bust down the courthouse doors
(I'll come runnin')
Sydney I will testify
(I'll come runnin')
Sydney I will testify
(I'll come runnin')
I will testify
(I'll come running')
I will testify
(I'll come runnin')
to ya, to ya, to ya
I will testify


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    General CommentCorrection: But they better come *correct it*......not collect
    UDFanon April 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentActually, it's just
    "But they better come *correct*
    And if..."

    he quickly continues the next line after "correct", thus sounding like "correct it".



    just getting into the album... quite a step away from his older work. i can appreciate it though.
    arcadekillson May 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentActually, I thought it was "call collect"...it makes sense because if these people wanna trash talk Sydney, they better call collect or else they'll be paying a lot of money cause they're "talk, talk, talk"in!. (For those unfamiliar with a collect call, it's when the receiver gets the charge rather than the caller)
    lizchon July 11, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Come correct" is an idiom originating in black American slang --roughly meaning do something right. Basically the narrator is challenging his friend's antagonists to provide solid proof instead of vague accusations.

    When I first heard this song, I assumed Sydney was a woman, but a close reading of the lyrics suggests a male childhood friend who has been accused of an unspecified crime. The song rather sounds to me as if Sydney might actually be guilty, despite Brett's vigorous defense of him.

    I'm fascinated by the question of what the crime was, and whether it's based on a true story --but haven't found any answers. Great song regardless.
    kitobaon August 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningNot sure if it means much, but Surrey Hills is a suburb of Sydney, Australia....
    noahdavidon September 01, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationWith the references to "soccer moms gossip in the dog park" and "they're only a couple of crazy cougars", it seems that Sydney's crime might have been some sort of sexual accusation. A "cougar" is a slang term for an older woman who targets younger men.
    TonyRushon September 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWho do you all think Sydney is? Ex-girlfriend? Childhood friend?

    I don't know exactly why, but I've always thought it felt like this song was about, say, a favorite niece - someone younger than the singer, still in school, innocent, very important to him, but not quite as close as a daughter of course. And I like the story that that tells.

    But does anyone know who Sydney is supposed to be to the singer?
    Exayevieon November 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commentkitoba and tony rush appear to be spot on; Sydney is clearly male ("told me I was looking at a dead man") and has been accused of some wrongdoing. Noahdavid also makes an interesting point about Surrey Hills, which I suspect is an artistic play on words (by all accounts Dennen appears to have lived exclusively in California). Also, I agree the lyric is actually "come correct." I'd be very interested in hearing what Dennen has to say about this song himself.
    bradowpcon November 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHis video for sirius xm radio has an emotion behind it that is beyond words.
    teenagefeelingon February 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI assumed Sydney was a girl until I read through this discussion. Then, going back and relooking through the lyrics, I noticed this stanza...
    We were in the basement
    Just giving our blood on stage and
    Pretending that we were famous
    While you were getting framed
    I went back to my room in Surrey Hills, yes I did
    I didn't know you were in trouble until you came in
    Just as skinny as a twig in my kitchen
    And told me I was looking at a dead man

    The whole stanza makes it sound like he's talking about a childhood friend, and the last line - I know it might not be literal, but still - makes it sound like its a guy.
    Either way there may be something to be said about the ambiguity of it all, especially considering that Sydney could be either a masculine or feminine name
    ZBlancon February 09, 2012   Link

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