"Wrecking Ball" as written by Aaron Huffman, Evan Sult, Sean Nelson and Jeff Lin....
Tear down the bearing wall
Put up a picture window
Something to look through
At the bastard colors

Burnt sienna
Put down the wrecking ball
Who has a friend who needs one?
I've got a way to get to work in almost any city

Doesn't matter where
Take a needle I won't be there
Privileges forsaken there
Liberties I've taken take me nowhere

Put down the wrecking ball
Don't let a childhood linger
They'll take the world apart and break my baby brother's finger
So he can't shake my hand

Guard the dead against my legacy
And lack the wound no more
Run from nowhere, nowhere follows you
Burn down the house

Make sure the family is inside
Nothing more to tether you
Also no one there to catch you crying
Nothing but my famous pillow

And my father's rocking chair
(Get a sliver when you sit there)
Every mess I make I make a run from nowhere
Nowhere follows you

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"Wrecking Ball" as written by Evan Sult Aaron Huffman

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    Song MeaningJust went to the final Harvey Danger All-Ages show last night *best show* of my life, by the way at which we were blessed with about an hour of question-answer-and requests. One questioner asked simply "What is Wrecking Ball about?" and Sean replied with more or less exactly the following:

    It's a song about growing up in a family and knowing that you're related by blood, but feeling that you're not related in any other way...and then, growing up, going back, and trying to build a relationship where there really never was one to be had.

    pikabooon August 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about a gambling Debt, and the pain that it has caused him
    MC5757on June 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure of the exact meaning for most of this song, but I'll start with the first line."Tear down the bearing wall" seems to be refering to having someone take away your support. The bit on the window and burnt sienna would be like someone making you see things for how they really are after taking away your support. Since the colors are refered to as 'bastard colors' it doesn't seem like the outlook is too good. "Put down the wrecking ball" could mean stop destoying your life or stop destoying my life. "Who has a friend, who needs one?" confuses me. I don't know if it's meant to say that they have no need for a friend or that they would be willing to be anyones friend. After that most of the meaning escapes me. "Liberties I've taken take me nowhere." could mean in a literal sense that all of the benefits they took for themselves are doing nothing for them. "Put down the wrecking ball Don't let a childhood linger" seems to be refering to someone other then the speaker in which case the speaker is saying to stop destroying your life as you try to relive the past. I take "Burn down the house Make sure the family is inside Nothing more to tether you Also no one there to catch you crying" literally and can relate to it well in wanting to lose the responsibilities bestowed by others and yet wanting them to remain in your life in a certain sense. "Every mess i make i make a run from nowhere Nowhere follows you" seems to say that the speaker is destroying their own life to follow someone else who is also destroying their life.
    inteleckshualon May 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about getting over your past and moving on. There are some hints of child abuse or maybe even neglect, and the child grew up to be lonely, living on the streets. Take a needle might refer to heroin...
    FellONblACKdaySon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really don't think this is about a gambling debt.

    This seems to be about getting over your past... or thinking about it in general.

    Maybe reflecting on where you are from in this world... where you are going?

    Maybe something else entirely.

    Really I feel that Harvey Danger's songs have some of the most insightful, interesting, and obscure lyrics of any of the bands I am familiar with.
    WilliamTheProtectoron March 17, 2005   Link

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