On a drive from solution to surface
In my old university car
We had the windwos down for our recon
Though it was so hot that you burned your arm
It was the tail and over summer
And the heat washed in with the breeze
And you were searching something to sing to

As the radio played another terrible song
But lucky for me, you found the tape with Tallulah on
And it's been a long time
Since I've seen all my old friends
But I really love my new friends
I feel I've known them a long while

Then last summer you wrote me a letter
On the back of a surf magazine
You said you didn't have any paper
And maybe you wondered what could have been
So I sent you a postcard from Berlin of a fatman eating a sausage
And hear the fact that I was hiding

As the DJ played another terrible song
But lucky for us, we found a bar with the matels on
And it's been a long time
Since I've seen all my old friends
But I really love my new friends
I feel I've known them a long while

I'm wondering if I've already heard all the songs that'll mean something
And I'm wondering if I've already met all the people that'll mean something

But I find myself daydreaming of the places where we used to stay
Used to brush them away
Sinkilada, Cool and Gata on the beach and ?
Like the sound of their names

And I wonder if you would wanna go there with me
When I'm finished over here
If you're not finished with me


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Tallulah song meanings
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    Lyric CorrectionOn a drive from St Lucia to Surfers
    In my old university car
    We had the windows down for our aircon'
    The door was so hot that you burned your arm
    It was the tail and over summer
    And the heat washed in with the breeze
    And you were searching something to sing to

    As the radio played another terrible song
    But lucky for me, you found the tape with Tallulah on
    And it's been a long time
    Since I've seen all my old friends
    But I really love my new friends
    I feel I've known them a long while

    Then last summer you wrote me a letter
    On the back of a surf magazine
    You said you didn't have any paper
    maybe you wondered what could have been
    So I sent you a postcard from Berlin of a fat man eating a sausage
    It hid the fact that I was hiding

    As the DJ played another terrible song
    But lucky for us, we found a bar with the Matels on
    And it's been a long time
    Since I've seen all my old friends
    But I really love my new friends
    I feel I've known them a long while

    I'm wondering if I've already heard all the songs that'll mean something
    And I'm wondering if I've already met all the people that'll mean something.

    But I find myself daydreaming of the places where we used to stay
    Used to brush them away
    St Kilda, Coolangatta, Bondi Beach & Coogee Bay
    Like the sound of their names

    And I wonder if you would wanna go there with me
    When I'm finished over here
    If you're not finished with me

    Notes for non Australian people: St Lucia is a inner suburb of Brisbane Australia, Surfers the Australian colloquial for Surfers Paradise, a popular holiday destination in Queensland, Australia- aircon short for Air conditioner, St Kilda is a suburb of Melbourne, Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Bondi Beach is a famous inner city beach in Sydney as is Coogee Bay. Tallulah is the 6th Album released by Queensland band the Go-betweens and the precursor to the seminal “breakup” album 16 lovers lane. Can't be sure how far this retro Australian music quirk goes, but in my car, backseat navigators have for some decades been know to offer direction advice in song, from Tallulah track one, “right-here”.
    downieon April 27, 2012   Link
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    Lyric Correction"Sinkilada, Cool and Gata on the beach and ?"

    I think Elizabeth sings: "St. Kilda, Coolangatta, Bondi Beach and ?"
    Not sure about the last one. It sounds as "Kuji Bay" but that doesn't make much sense since the other places are all located in Australia...
    Deckerson March 28, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI believe it's "Coogee Bay". Love this song :).
    ikonzeroon April 17, 2012   Link
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    Lyric Correctionhow can you hear the fact you're hiding? it's hid.
    JasonBourneon April 27, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIs the second band referenced the "Maytals" (Toots and the Maytals)? I couldn't find a band called the Matels.
    darkshipon April 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is fairly self-explanatory but perhaps it's just my assumption and other people have different interpretations which to them seem obvious.

    I think it's about a relationship in Australia that ended because the singer left the country - presumably not because she didn't love the other person, but because she just needed to explore the world and get away from her life for whatever reason. She misses him (I'm just going to say "he" because I know that Elizabeth is heterosexual and is therefore almost certainly singing about a man) and is questioning her decision to leave him, but can't come to a really clear decision about what to do in the future because she has found a lot of positive things in her new life in Europe. I think it ends on an ambiguous note: will they be back together? Is that even what she wants? is it what he wants?

    The lines

    "I'm wondering if I've already heard all the songs that'll mean something
    And I'm wondering if I've already met all the people that'll mean something"

    are two of the best in modern pop history, in my opnion. Who hasn't felt that way? Wanting to experience that wonderful feeling of loving a new song or a new person, but being wary to do it because it takes so much emotional energy; it's so hard to begin the process again, and maybe it's impossible to feel that way about anything new. I love music so much, but sometimes I am overwhelmed at the thought of listening to a brand new album by a band I don't know because I think, will it ever mean as much to me as what I already love? And, if it does, do I have enough in me to feel that way about something else? When it comes to people it's even more difficult. I also think it refers to longing for the "right" person to come along and thinking maybe it's never going to happen.

    Ultimately, I think that this is a cautiously optimistic song. Yes, she's worried about having already met everyone who will mean something, but she tempers this by the repeated "And it's been a long time/Since I've seen all my old friends/But I really love my new friends/I feel I've known them a long while". Many Allo Darlin' songs straddle this uncertain line of whether they are, to put it simplistically, happy or sad. I love that. That's how life is.

    To me, this song sums up so many different emotions perfectly, but especially that feeling in your late twenties when your life is in flux and you're questioning the choices you've made to lead you where you are and you have no idea what's going to happen in the future. I also love it because I know those paces she's talking about. St. Kilda is the suburb of my childhood; and I've walked from Bondi to Coogee Bay. It's a song about Australia, and I know where it's coming from.

    This is long winded I know, and coloured by the particularly melancholy and introspective mood I'm in right now. But I needed to write about this because it's beautiful and it means something and I'm grateful for that.
    xanyaon January 06, 2015   Link

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