You climb six lonely sad stairs to your apartment
After another graveyard shift in the cold dull light of morning.
You walked in just in time to catch her as she's leaving
But the schedules and the conflicts kept the roof over our heads.
You said you were strong and naive and if you were scared,
Well, I would understand. I don't think I would have had the guts to handle it.

All we had were hand-me-downs; all we had was good will
And you always said it would get better.
"When you're young and you're poor, they hang on your failures."
You always said it would get better.

We bought our first house at the advent of the 90s
A Cape Cod on a busy street that we swore we'd fix eventually.
Winter of '93, we got by with kerosene
A heater in the living room we huddled around shivering and me trying to get to sleep.
My clothes will smell of smoke for weeks; just trying to get to sleep.

All we had were hand-me-downs; all we had was good will
And you always said it would get better.
"When you're young and you're poor, they hang on your failures."
And you always said it would get better.

I'm sick of seeing ghosts, I won't be here forever

My mother wore a sundress on the day that she got married.
They held the wedding in a backyard near the city.
I was just one then, I would never remember it
But I heard the voices and implications telling me who I could never be.

All we had were hand-me-downs; all we had was good will
All we had were hand-me-downs; all we had was good will
And you always said it would get better.
"When you're young and you're poor, they hang on your failures."
You always said it would get better.


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    General CommentThis might be my favorite from the new record. The emotion behind the line "All we had were hand me downs" KILLS me.
    MX5on May 14, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is obviously an homage of sorts to his parents (who, by the name of the song were likely teenagers when they had him) and the judgement and financial hardships they faced. It's a really touching song lyrically, and really fun to sing along to.

    Also, they've been together for 25 years now so congratulations to them!
    roboguy12on June 07, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"You climb six lonely sad stairs to your apartment."
    tjwellson June 10, 2013   Link

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