I do relate to you in so many ways
But I didn't go through what you must have in those early days
You had to be strong at such a very young age
A new life on 1 Lima Lane

So won't you listen to me now
There's something I never told you
And I'm about to try
See you were my lifeline when the world was exploding

You moved back in with us in the fall of '82
I fell into dark times and you were there to help me through
You told me that a downturn would eventually improve
And you were right, so I'm thanking you

So won't you listen to me now
There's something I never told you
And I'm about to try
See you were my lifeline when the world was exploding
Footholds eroding

Had you never been my friend
I wouldn't be quite what you see
I wouldn't be the man I am

Sister you've known me
Lost in a strange world
What has it shown me?
What has it unfurled?
Sister you've known me
Been lost in a strange world
But has it shown me?
What has it unfurled?

October chill in that old dusty town
Halloween came, I was still feeling down
Mom, I lost my sweet tooth, what's the point in going 'round?
Your boy is losing count
"Maybe try the lost and found"


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Fall of '82 song meanings
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    General CommentMAGNET Web Exclusive: The Shins’ James Mercer On The New “Port Of Morrow”
    “Fall Of ’82″
    “When I was 11, we moved from Germany to New Mexico, resulting in long period of anxiety and stress that triggered some change in my brain chemistry. I became forlorn and morose for six months. I was pulled out of this funk by my oldest sister who had moved back in with the family. She was about 22; she had moved to Kansas and had some affair with a local yokel and that fell apart, so she moved back. She had been kind of a hood back in high school. I remember looking at pictures of here from back then, and there was this kind of a cute girl wearing a denim jacket with shit written on it. But she didn’t get into the drugs like my older brother did. So she was just this combo of motherly and cool, and it was the perfect presence to be around. And she knew the weirdness of adolescence it was still fresh in her mind. I am eternally grateful.”

    :)
    MuuCowOfDeathon June 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentCool song.

    Mercer seems to be talking about his someone - an older sister - who helped him through a rough patch in the Fall of '82. And this song is a public "Thank You" to her. Very moving the way Mercer says: "Had you never been my friend/I wouldn't be quite what you see/I wouldn't be the man I am" = i.e. I made it through life and became a success thanks to you.
    Rickveeon May 21, 2012   Link

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