"Making Friends and Acquaintances" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn, Clint Frederick Schnase and Ted James Stevens....
Loose-lipped secrets
I've seen those birdies chirping
Another promise perched on their fragile branches
Cradle and all...

We all hide a diary beneath some mattress
And someone has slept in my bed
Sometimes I get so naked I sing like a canary
And I scream out what I shouldn't scream

Some lies last a lifetime
They keep our diaries hidden
They don't let the whispers slip
Between the cracks of the bathroom stalls
Or be written on the bathroom walls....

But still I can hear those dirty birds chirp away
It's a song I know by heart
Sometimes I resent making friends and acquaintances
It's a thin veil between us --

Between the bedsprings and the mattress
I keep my secrets
The ones I can't keep
The ones you took from me
The ones you scattered with your wings

It was nice to meet you...
It was nice to meet you...
It was nice to meet you...

A Red So Deep


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"Making Friends and Acquaintances" as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

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    General Commentme thinks...he's seen what too many promises can do to a man then he gets drunk uhhh..then he tells someone something then gets angry? explaining some people can keep secrets (i dont know where im going with this) he eventually looses some friends ehhh stuff stuff and hes left with his self i dont know.
    thawalllllruson December 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this song, its so melodic, and the bass line is very good
    Lets_kill_musicon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentVery catchy little riff. Cursive is amazing and Tim Kasher is by far one of the best song writers out there. Another brilliant display of music from the guys @ Saddle Creek.
    LoXishon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentfuck friends... thats what it all means.
    TakeBackTheStarson March 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commenttakebackthestars, are you kidding? this song is written from kasher's viewpoint about the different female "friends and aquaitaneces" that he made that in turn ruined his current relationship. I love the part "between the bedsprings and the mattress..."
    tiki_12on June 17, 2003   Link
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    General Comment[ But still I can hear those dirty birds chirp away
    It's a song I know by heart
    Sometimes I resent making friends and acquaintances
    It's a thin veil between us -- ]


    it.s all a sham and everyone has a separate, secret life. you can never really know anyone.

    such a pretty song to describe such an ugly thing.
    if onlyon June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commentin the context of the album i think the song is about sweetie being forced to confide everything to pretty baby due to their relationship. i think he dislikes when the two of them make friends and acquaintances because she knows all of his secrets and might end up sharing them with others wheras he's so closed off no one would otherwise know. i base a lot of this on the line in "the game of who needs who the worst" where sweetie says "a secret, but you couldn't keep it so secret"
    JeremyB1on October 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentremember that line
    [all social graces have been displaced]?
    exactly :D
    domestica is about tim and his now ex-wife's divorce
    you'll see it.
    klsotson November 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalso i could never figure out "i hear those birdies chirping" but then one day it occured to me that it's probably a reference to the figure of speech "a little birdie told me..."
    JeremyB1on February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI do love this song.

    Exactly what I was going to say, Jeremy. I think it's all a play on "a little birdie told me." He mentions birds several times in the song. ("I've seen those birdies chirping"; "Sometimes I get so naked I sing like a canary"; "But still I can hear those dirty birds chirp away"; "The ones you scattered with your wings.")

    I'm thinking it has something to do with gossip, broken promises, definitely secrets. He talks about diaries, where we typically write our deepest secrets...all the things we don't want other people to know but can't keep inside (We all hide a diary beneath some mattress).

    The first four lines seem to be about people that can't keep promises (Loose-lipped secrets; Another promise perched on their fragile branches) , the second about the speaker as a secret keeper (And I scream out what I shouldn't scream), the next five about people that keep their promises (They don't let the whispers slip Between the cracks of the bathroom stalls Or be written on the bathroom walls....), the fourth set about listening to other people keep gossipping and being very familiar with it (But still I can hear those dirty birds chirp away It's a song I know by heart), then the speaker is saying where he keeps the secrets he doesn't want anyone to know, gossip about, whatever.

    Anyway, that's pretty much what I got from it. There are some holes, some lines I haven't been able to fit in with this, some not-so-sound logic, but it fits for me.
    translucent_shadowson May 18, 2005   Link

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