nineteen ninety eight looked great on
plain white paper on the fiftieth plane to champaign
but to tell you the truth
if i had a chance to kill it
i'd pick it up and take it and shake it and
kiss it to death
there's something inside like a conscience
that says "you're painting floors while
your pals are renaming the stars
get up get up and go do what you started
if you want to be a martyr, try harder"

go my son have you grown?
go make a home
and put the kids in their beds

and i will talk about this year
if there was something to talk about
and you sell and you sell with your heart
so you can make a few bucks and lose a few friends
and this is the stuff that makes you
and it will be the same that breaks you
move on get on with your life
it's pointless to play if you don't get paid

why not go my son have you grown?
go make a home
and put the kids in their beds
the kid's in our heads
we've got a lot of great mistakes to make
we've got a lot of chances to take
so let's take our time and hurry

go my son has come home
i said no and made my own
and put the kids in their beds
the kid's in our heads
we've got a lot of people to fear this year
so addy if you want to be near
sing will to the wind and worry

oh addy do i love you
but god such things i have to do
addy do i want to hear you
but i just can't get through
addy do i miss you
these dreams i sing when i
kiss you

oh addy do i love you
but got such things i have to do
ady do i want to hold you
but anyone may do
addy do i miss you
these dreams i sing when i'm

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    General CommentI bet they were watching Guys and Dolls on the flight back, because this song is friggin' rife with references to it.

    "take it and shake it and kiss it to death" (rolling dice!)/ making a few bucks / paper (ever make a marker for a bet?) / paying to play and vice versa. Don't get me wrong- I'd hate to overinterpret anything Bob Nanna has ever said, but fack dood, Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) and Adelaide's romance in G&D are overshadowed by Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) and Sarah Brown. Sky also talks a lot about his father throughout, so maybe that accounts for some of the "son" singing. Addy does do a lot of worrying-- as she should-- because Nathan doesn't exactly want to get hitched.
    Anyhoo, that's my insight, having come fresh from a G&D viewing with much love for Nanna in my heart.

    Don't yell at me, either-- I know how you songmeanings people can be.
    jxnarcoticzon September 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnathan detroit was the main character in the musical "guys and dolls". addy or adalaide was his fiance.

    the rest of the song has absolutely nothing to do with guys and dolls, but that's a good thing. it rocks.
    weezerific:cutleryon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCan anyone tell me what the rest of the song is about? This is one of my favorites and I can't freakin figure it out.
    bright.eyed.girlon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think also in " Guys n Dolls " he had a Gqambling problem, too.
    Maybe the song is about trying to give something up for a girl..... but something tells me that Braids Lyrics arent always about girls like they seem, that there is something more allegorical about them...I dunno
    ImBleedingAgainon September 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow?!?!? this is easily one of Braid's best songs and there is only 3 comments??? Everyone Post about how amazing this song is!@!
    tsucolon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti always thought that this song was about his fathers unwillingness to accept what his son does for a living (playing in an obscure band thats not going to make him rich.) there seems to be many layers to this song though. i never got the guys and dolls reference, i just always thouhgt of his doubts as a musician.
    i dont know though.
    mikeska22on March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom what I remember this song has more to do with Braid than meets the eye. If I remember correctly, it is about them going on the Japanese tour and not making enough $ to cover their travel expense’s hence the “it’s pointless to play if you don’t get paid” line.
    There was an interview with Bob and Chris around the release of Frames and Canvas that describes it in a lot more detail.
    stint2001on May 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti completely underrated this song the first time i heard it.

    oh, i love this song so much.
    LoveIsARoseon July 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt dosen't even matter what this song is really about.....

    It's so amazing!!!
    beautifulxletdownson April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"and you sell and you sell with your heart
    so you can make a few bucks and lose a few friends
    and this is the stuff that makes you
    and it will be the same that breaks you"

    that's so key. i think anyone who tries their hand at writing // being in a band // artistic can relate to this. you want to stay true to yourself and what you believe.... but that is often not what gets mainstream attention (i.e. the paycheck).

    fuck. braid is so honest and brilliant it hurts.
    salparadise04on May 16, 2006   Link

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