these days my friends don’t seem to know me
without my suitcase in my hand
where I am standing still
I seem to disappear
but maybe that's how I found you
maybe that's taugh me exactly what I want
maybe meeting you so far away from home
is what makes it all so clear


but you got that special kind of sadness
you got that tragic set of charms [chorus]
that only comes from time spent in Los Angeles
makes me wanna wrap you in my arms

when people ask me where I come from
to see what that says about man
I only end up giving bad directions
that never lead them there at all
it’s something written in the head lights
is something swimming in my drink
and if I were the moon
it would be exactly where I fall

cause you got that special kind of sadness
you got that tragic set of charms [chorus]
that only comes from time spent in Los Angeles
makes me wanna wrap you in my arms

I used to think someone would love me
for places I have been
and the dirt I have been gathering
deep beneath my nails
but now I know what I’ve been missing
and I’m going home to make it mine
and I'll be battening the hatches and pulling in the sails.

but you got that special kind of sadness
you got that tragic set of charms [chorus] x2
that only comes from time spent in Los Angeles
makes me wanna wrap you in my arms


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    General CommentFirstly, I have to say that I think this is a really beautiful song, and I'm very happy to have come across it. It seems to be a personal meditation on how your location and maybe, to a certain extent, how the mythology different locales can affect your personality. As far as interpreting the chorus goes, the singer is talking about a type of sadness and tragedy that he personally associates with Los Angeles...on a more personal note for me, I'm reminded of my best friends who resides in LA. You would never know it unless you had the had the privilege of getting to know them well, but they have this way of pushing through hardship by living life all the way up.
    slantedsoundson August 15, 2011   Link
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    TranslationUnfortunately, I have just recently been introduced to Dawes and anjoy this quartet. This song is a bittersweet love letter to the Goldsmith's hometown in Los Angeles.
    FloridaGuyon October 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOutside the LA area, people assume that Los Angeles is all Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, which is like assuming New York City is all Upper East Side and Park Slope, with no Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant. They don't think of the smog and the traffic and the crime and the greed and superficiality of LA, so knowing that "outsiders" view LA as some kind of dream place is disenchanting for anyone who's spent time there - you know that everyone's idea of Utopia is entirely misleading, and so you know better than to think Utopia exists. I think when Taylor Goldsmith sings about "that special kind of sadness, that tragic set of charms", he's referring to that disillusionment.

    In the lyrics, he says that when he tells people he's from Los Angeles ("to see what that says about a man"), it misleads people - he grew up in North Hills, which is definitely not the Beverly Hills image some people would get in their heads. North Hills is in the San Fernando Valley nestled between a bunch of freeways, which is what I think of when he says "it's something written in the headlights". I think it embitters people from LA when others assume they've grown up with everything handed to them. I think when he says, "I used to think someone would love me for the places I have been," he's saying that he used to hope someone would fall in love with him in spite of him being from LA, and that he'd be appreciated as someone who works hard ("and the dirt that I've been gathering deep beneath my nails"), not as someone who's had everything handed to him.

    When he meets this girl, he sees in her what he loves about home, not of the outsider's idea of Los Angeles, and it drives him to go back and recreate Los Angeles for himself ("and I'm going home to make it mine") instead of subscribing to the outsiders' misconception.
    prettybirdon September 16, 2012   Link

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