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Lemonade stands and memories
Of innocence and purity
And the noonday sun at ninety degrees
The things I carry with me

The ice cream man at four or five
How'd we flag him down and ask for rides
And evenings when we'd sit outside
And name the cloud shapes in the sky

Those days are gone now and we must carry on
But I will not forget the things I learned on your front lawn

And how we rode those dusty trails
On Huffys and Schwinns from Christmas sales
Made forts out of crates with rusty nails
And only came home when our stomachs failed

Those days are gone now and we must move forward still
But I will not forget the things I understood at your window sill

I walked your street again last night
And laughed to dull the sting of spite
But your door was dark and it made me cry
Cause mother always kept you shining bright

But things they change and people grow
And move in step with the green paper flow
But deep inside I wonder or maybe I already know
They they never really find the answers


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    General Commentthat last verse... wow. just... wow. i think simpson is pretty much my inspiration for the way i've chosen to live my life. he really influences my style of writing as well. i once wished i could write as beautifully as he did -- and have started writing more and more with him in mind. sure enough, i've gotten better and better. i'll never reach the level of mineral, but hey -- a girl can always wish, can't she?
    a perfect sonneton April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so unappreciated, when he hits "Those days are gone now and we must carry on", it's so............................. exquisite.
    tsucolon May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's the usual Mineral childhood nostalgia... really makes me wonder that those things are all lost and will never come back.
    Your door was dark and it made me cry...
    MDMasteron June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe bass line in this song is amazing. He's so good it scares me.
    tsucolon April 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis reminds me of a childhood friend who died a year ago. Everything in this song. Forts, bicycles, ice cream men, lemonade stands. How we grew up and grew apart and one day... he was gone. Can't say I didn't cry when I first heard this song.
    crawlingisbeautifulon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm still waiting for some to put God into this song, ...
    Geez, ...

    But seriously, as MDMaster said, it's about childhood nostalgia, ever so beautiful described.
    Best band ever, ...
    InLoveWithRebeccaon June 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone have any ideas as to the mening of "move in step with the green paper flow"?
    benitoon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the green paper flow in question is the maturing of each of the subjects with regards to money. kinda how money gets more and more important as you grow older and mature. it's a kinda weak interpretation of it within context of the song, but i think i'm right about it meaning money.
    weez0268on June 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful. period.
    EndSerenading.on April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me feel a way no other song ever has before.
    carveyournameinon May 05, 2006   Link

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