what does it mean when you're sixteen
the world's a cold and lonely place
but you're still kicking every door down in the place
the war of words they're so uptight
you pass a hundred sleepless nights
and the worst is yet to come or so they say
here comes seventeen
and just beyond there's tolerance and empathy
to protect you from them all
a stand of evergreen
just like the places we would always talk about
to catch you when you fall
you hear a knock outside the door
it never rains here anymore
so now there's nothing new to wash away the pain
a frightened face your clouded mind
the memories you've trailed behind
and seventeen still feels light years away
here comes seventeen
and just beyond there's tolerance and empathy
to protect you from them all
a stand of evergreen
just like the places we would always talk about
to catch you when you fall
nobody seems to understand you
as you're grasping for that innocence sequestered in your mind
was it guilt or were they blind all this time
a frightened face your clouded mind
the memories you've trailed behind
and seventeen still feels light years away
here comes seventeen
and just beyond there's tolerance and empathy
to protect you from them all
a stand of evergreen
just like the places we would always talk about
to catch you when you fall


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Trial Of The Century song meanings
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    My OpinionIt seems like a song just about youthfulness and growing up, and how each year seems to drag because our minds want to put us in college and hurry our lives up. I guess I would know, being a teenager who is restless for the year to end!

    Good Riddance is a beautiful band. They never fail to amaze me with their lyrics, Russ's incredible voice, and their powerful delivery. Easily one of my favorites.
    NoPrideon April 07, 2012   Link

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