"Parade" as written by and Robert Kelly Thomas....
When the slow parade went past
When it felt so good you knew it couldn't last
And all too soon the end was gonna come without a warning
And you'd have to just go home

And the way it all went by
When somebody said "come on its getting late"
And you thought the world might end if you just looked the other way
And now you wish that you had stayed

And there's so much more that you could see if you just stick around
And all the street light secrets whispering for you to come back out

Oh no
There's so much more that you need to work out
Oh no
You don't want that parade to leave you now

And the days are all the same
And the town so big and no one knows your name
And the people fade away
And all stars are just a flicker
And you're left there all alone

When there's so much more that you could see if you'd just stick around
And all the street light secrets whispering for you to come back out

Oh no
There's so much more that you need to work out
Oh no
You don't want that parade to leave you now

When the music's over
But the song stays in your head

Oh no
There's so much more that you need to work out
Oh no
You don't want that parade to leave you now

Yeah
There's so much more that you need to work out
Yeah
You don't want that parade to leave you now


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"Parade" as written by Robert Thomas

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    General CommentNot sure if I would say this is the best song off their new album, but it was definitely the best one I hadn't heard before. A very pleasant track to be leading off their album.

    Reminds me of the days of being a kid. The times were so good that we should have known they wouldn't last. All too soon the end came without warning and you have to just go home.

    Second verse is more of a highschool/college memory. At a party one night and leaving before the real fun begins. Which was usually me, I'd have to get home at a decent hour for something early the next morning and knowing that if I didn't leave right then, then I probably wouldn't be making it home at all that night. Sort of a sheltered life.

    If you don't stick it out, then you never know what could be.
    Devilsbaneon December 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think this is the best song off North and arguably one of the best songs Matchbox Twenty have ever produced. What a fantastic song to kick off the album (and their current tour). A classic alternative rock track with universal lyrics that almost anyone can relate to.

    I agree with Devilsbane's interpretation - it's about knowing the good times while you're still having them and the fear of losing them. Someone who feels like his prime is behind him and he's desperate to get it back.

    Funnily enough, my favourite songs I rarely listen to because I like to save them for a special time in my life. This is one of them - I've only listened to it twice despite listening to everything else on the album more than 20 times.
    frozoneifyon September 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentA different meaning to this song just hit me today...
    The main person is contemplating suicide"And the days are all the same
    And the town so big and no one knows your name
    And the people fade away
    And all stars are just a flicker
    And you're left there all alone", and the singer (Rob) is begging for them to not do it "there's so much more that you could see if you'd just stick around"
    "There's so much more that you need to work out".
    Even though everything's changed, there's still more to see.
    Wulfe87on March 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningBy far a sad song that me, and I'm sure others can relate to. It's about the person who always tries and looses, someone who loses something important, something so criminally fantastic. It's about a "slow parade" that's amazing and is fantastic, but you know all of the sudden, it would end. More than likely this is about a relationship. It's amazing and great, until all of the sudden, it's over and you have no choice but to leave, because they already left. It talks about being the person who left, and how, " you wish that you had stayed". And how there would have been so much more if you stayed around.
    Then It covers being the one who was left behind, you were left there left around, and you didn't want the parade to leave, but it did. Even though you had so much you needed to work out, you beg for it to stay, to work it out. But they leave. And the days become all the same, no one knows your name, the people fade away, all stars are just a flicker, and you're left there all alone. Like a person who frozen standing in the same spot in the middle of the night, hours after the parade.
    ghostrpon April 02, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI see this one from a standpoint of being in a failing relationship. You sit and wait for it to get better, and you're afraid to leave, because what happens if things suddenly change and get better? You keep wanting to wait, even though you know it's really over.
    TheZom2015on May 22, 2015   Link

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