"A Movie Script Ending" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Whenever I come back, the air on Railroad is making the same sounds,
And the shop fronts on Holly are dirty words (asterisks in for the vowels)
We peered through the windows, new bottoms on barstools but the people remain the same.
With prices inflating, as if saved from the gallows.

There's a bellow of buzzers and the people stop working and they're all so excited.

Passing through unconscious states, when I awoke, I was on the highway.

With your hands on my shoulders, a meaningless movement, a movie script ending.
And the patrons are leaving, now we all know the words were true
In the sappiest songs (yes, yes)

I'll put them to bed, but they won't sleep, they're just shuffling the sheets,
They toss and turn (you can't begin to get it back)

Passing through unconscious states, when I awoke, I was on the onset of a later stage:
The headlights are beacons on the highway.


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"A Movie Script Ending" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentThis song is like visiting your old hometown years later, and it's every bit the black-and-white rathole you remembered, everything the same. But somehow you've escaped and as you're on the highway out of town it's like post-oz kansas and color returns to your modern reality.
    superdeluxeon May 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song's about coming back to an hold hometown - namely, Bellingham, Washington, which is the town where the guys met...the street names are consistant with the ones here....anyway, that's what I think.
    MiniMe2110on May 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe beginning of this song is definately about Bellingham- Railroad and Holly are real streets in downtown Bellingham. Holly does, in fact have many shops. lovely song.
    kassidyismynameon February 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think given the time that this song was written by gibbard I could give a good guess... He said the photo album was their most rushed and time sensitive record and the days of touring and being on the road blurred together. I think this song describes returning to bellingham where life is still at a standstill and hasn't changed other than a few minor details, and to him it seems so picturesque (like a movie script ending) when he returned in the process because his life was in a constant motion. The chorus just describes the blurred memory of the constant touring.
    districtseton June 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song on Photo Album is hard to pin down. It's a toss-up between this one and "We Laugh Indoors".

    I can't really tell what this song is about. It talks about sleeping, so it might be a dream. It has a sort of dream-like quality about it: he's talking about going somewhere on a train, then walking down a familiar street where all the store names have dirty names. (It's probably not like that in real life. :-)

    And the song jumps around a lot, like dreams do. He's arriving, he's peering in a window, he's holding his girlfriend -- it's all very disjoint.

    Anyway, that's my guess.
    toadtwson April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song's about coming back to an hold hometown - namely, Bellingham, Washington, which is the town where the guys met...the street names are consistant with the ones here....anyway, that's what I think.
    MiniMe2110on May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a good driving song. it was my 4:30am song as i was driving home from school. the 14 hours were well described by this.
    ctettletonon June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like superdeluxe hit the nail on the head. but has anyone seen the video? it seems to be about having to leave someone you love behind or something. i don't know. either way, you should check out the video. don't hit me anyone for mentioning mtv, but go to mtv.com and you can see it.
    thePIXIEprincesson July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video is rad.
    massaaron July 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song and video are damn good. I saw them becasue Piebald claimed they were gonna air the video on 120 minutes. This video was the only good one in the 120 mins. I duno know what this song reminds me of, but it makes me think of the girl I love and how I miss her. (probably irrelevant to the songs meaning)
    TenaciousPiebaldon July 26, 2002   Link

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