Up in San Francisco where the forest meets the bridge
I thought I saw you standing there
and then you fell into the well
but that was many years ago
and I am so much older now
my brother is a soldier now
I can't see him anyhow on hilltops in the wind
and you swimming up tide or just tuning into radio stations

I left my love in San Francisco (that's okay, I was bored anyway)
I left my love in the room (that's okay, I was born in L.A.)
I left my love in San Francisco (that's okay I was bored anyway)
I left my love in a field (that's okay, I was born in L.A.)

and we were stating on this hill that Jesus came from Israel
Isaac 'bove a sacred cow
so not to wake a sparrow's splashing

but that was many years from now
and I hope from here on out
I always seem to want to shout
your eyes are like a cup o' tea
ascend into the sun with me

you swimming up stream or just tuning into the new sensations
I was broken you were broken

I left my love in San Francisco (that's okay, I was bored anyway)
I left my love in the room (that's okay, I was born in L.A.)
I left my love in San Francisco (that's okay, I was bored anyway)
I left my love in a field (that's okay, I was born in L.A.)






Lyrics submitted by antihexe, edited by Zero Effort, riverajosie2, hipsterstache

San Francisco song meanings
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    General CommentI think of this like the guy reminiscing about relationship while he was San Francisco, and then left for other reasons.

    I left my love = He misses her and the city and wishes she was back
    That's okay = She was bored with the relationship and was ready for a new adventure and didn't really share in his desire to stay in San Francisco anyway
    banananaon August 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis reminds me of early of Montreal. It would fit nicely on The Gay Parade
    patinthehaton May 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about stubbornness (which is the love he left) -- "many years ago and many years from now". It is about conscious evolution; which is, indeed aided by psilocybin mushrooms, since they effect synesthesia...dissolving one's own cognitive dissonance. Reread the lyrics and I think you'll find that this hypothesis fits with astonishing clarity...the video also supports this interreflection meme.
    luke139674on May 02, 2015   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure it has to do with love lost
    harnal1483on December 08, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningI'm still mulling over what this song means so I thought I'd put down the pieces I think I understand and see if anyone else can bridge the gaps.

    San Francisco is most likely a reference to drugs because of the drug culture there in the 60's. The line "where the forest meets the bridge" probably symbolizes the drugs high (forest) vs. the rooted creative mind that bridges the trip to society/everyday life, or in other words the spot they're referring to would represent a controlled trip. If that was the case, falling into the well would symbolize getting lost in the trip/ one's self.

    I don't know what the solider part refers too, possibly someone they know who had an addiction and is now fighting it? Or someone who doesn't get lost in trip (on a hill - high, against the wind - not getting lost in it).

    I believe "you swimming up tide or just tuning in radio stations" is referring to someone opposite to the soldier (as above) who is stationary at the moment and just enjoying where they are, since up tide would make one stationary.

    "I left my love in San Francisco" would mean, if the above is correct, that the subject of the song has left those specific drug trips behind (LSD maybe, seeing as it is San Francisco). Bored would back this up. The born in LA part could just mean that they were raised to be a less unrooted person (since it represents a city, which is the opposite of natural and wild).

    The jesus hill part I'm not too sure about. But the verse...

    but that was many years from now
    and I hope from here on out
    I always seem to want to shout
    your eyes are like a cup o' tea
    ascend into the sun with me

    Seems to say the narrator hopes they keep their future ways up (no hard drugs) but they crave to get high again. The second last line might be referring to the "eyes of the drug" or the hallucinations/conciousness expansion, and how enjoyable/relaxing it is. And the sun part just once again is saying that they want to reach a great high.

    That pretty much sums up as much as I think I know about this song. Any additional insight would be great (as would criticism to this post).

    All and all this song is amazing and I hope Foxygen keeps up the awesome work!
    wfarnabyon July 28, 2013   Link

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