I hear the train all night
sound of its wind blowing through our subtle lives.
And I have a job to do walking these cars
walking all this sleep, to get to you.
But I don't feel you stir beside me
and you're not in my morning hours.

Some ties are made to break,
some stalks grow high and green to rot away
and feel the weight.

And these lines tell a truth
these city veins answer all we do.
So could you keep me in the pulses?
Could you keep me in the sound?

I got wise and I got old
not once, not once did I fold
so don't you now.

Maybe you bet on me
while we were still young enough to know
what to believe.

But for every year you took
for every soft breathe or loving look
believe me.

And don't keep me like you have me,
and don't kiss me like you don't.

I got wise and I got old
not once, not once did I fold
so don't you now.

Some land holds a home
some of my years only hold me to roam.
But I tell myself its true-
you see a home, you see a man.
You see it too.

And I say, "don't you know you have her?
Go on kiss her now you boy."

I got wise and I got old
not once, not once did I fold
so don't you now

I got wise and I got old
not once, not once did I fold
so don't you now.


Lyrics submitted by bp51, edited by amanda06

New York song meanings
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    General CommentI think the train reference is just a sound the author associates with the past (could be the hometown, location, etc). I feel I can relate to this song a lot and that it refers to a relationship that was at one point and time intense and seemingly never ending. However, certain factors changed all of that. People change, especially when they are younger. It's about recalling a time when a person tried to hold onto a relationship, all the while remaining stubbornly to his or her own ideals of what they need to do (as for when a person is young this could be education, life goals, etc). Sometimes this means that people have to separate to become the person desired. It's like a person is thinking of this relationship, maybe first thing in the morning... but is reminded that that period of time is over and no longer a reality.. They are not the same people, and life has sucked the sense of hope from all that they were. They are resolved to reminding themselves ...

    "But I don't feel you stir beside me, and you're not in my morning hours.
    Some ties are made to break; some stocks grow high and green to rot away.
    And these lines tell the truth, these city veins answer all they do
    I got wise and I got old
    Not once, not once did I fold
    Maybe you bet on me, while we were still young enough to know, to believe."


    Then the person shifts from the thought of the loss of love, to the fact that they still kept a part of themself. They did what they thought they needed to do at the time, and they have to take comfort in that decision. People aren't omniscient and can simple only make decisions based on the knowledge they have at the time. In the end, you alone have to live with yourself.

    "But for every year you took, for every soft breath of love and learn,
    Believe me
    I got wise and I got old
    Not once, not once did I fold."
    jenjen26on January 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is incredible<3
    as is every song.
    girlaon November 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI just thinks about two people how loved each a lot but they were on two different paths. They were very young, as anyone who has been in love when they were 14-15 know that they think this is were their lifes begin and will end with this girl/boy but as we al get older we realise that there is more. But i think the song recalls the story of this girl and coming back to the place (I assume its new york) and having the same sense of desire that consumed him before. If that makes any sense lol
    mabs33on January 14, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti dont know why, but this song gets a very special place in me. like the avett brothers song if its the beaches. they make me feel close to tears.
    both are extremely beautiful
    fluffyluke219on October 08, 2011   Link

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