If you're scared and it shows
Because you're watching them grow
And travelling blows when you're out of road
And when you jump up, the earth wants you back

Your resentment grows until you're all alone
But you're so smart, how could they not know?
When you're standing there in good-humoured white

How do you do it and make it seem effortless?
When it's all the stupid things, so overwhelming to me
Like paying my bills, or showing up for work early
Or laughing at your jokes

And when you first said that anything goes
Or a problem's a task disguised in work clothes
That's when I knew that I had to move

And why do you do it and make it seem delicate?
When it's all the stupid things, so damn confusing to me
Like talking it through, controlling my temper
Like letting it go, saying, "Please, forgive me
For laughing at your jokes"

I have no idea what's going on lately
And I just wish you would come over and explain things
And I have on idea what's going on lately
And I just wish you would come over and explain things
And I have no idea what's been going on lately
And I just wish you would come over and explain things

And why do they do it? They show up anyway
When they know that damn well
There's no room for promotions out here
And maybe it's wise
And maybe I'm just stupid
For laughing at your jokes

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Plane Crash in C song meanings
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    General CommentActually, this is just "Plane Crash in C", "Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)" has no words, it's just a small horn part of the song that they added on.
    watchthefireworkson April 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. it jumps from one thing to another, all sad and true. rilo kiley kicks ass
    xperiwinklexmothxon April 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsuprising so few have commented as this is such a gd song of theirs. It's so reassuring to listen to when you're pissed off as id comforting yet truthful. I don't think it has a particular subject more that it just sums up life and all the problems with it.
    rash_decisionon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe horn section makes me unbelievably happy.
    spumpkinscmon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of rilo's bestest songs, but for some reason, not everyone's heard it yet. top 5 for me.
    drowningnoahon May 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me this song is the narrator being preached at by one of those know-it-all types who is making her feel like she's an idiot for not behaving the same way they do. they're talking about all of the ways she's in the wrong, all the while not even touching on the things that they have done wrong themselves, and she's like "I get it, you think those things are what's wrong with me, but I have no idea what the fuck *your* problem is, and I wish you'd just come over and explain *THAT*!"

    Edited by delial on May 28 2008, at 02:26AM

    delialon July 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe horn section makes me smile :)

    I think it's about laughing at someone's jokes even though they talk down to you. It seems sarcastic, the way she is told how to do things at work, and then says they should explain her personal life as well...
    la-la-laurenon July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFreaking great song. athough its "good humored white" not "wides" It's a reference to old The Good Humor Ice cream truck drivers. All in white :-)
    phobos258on August 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentprettiest voice , awesome song
    MathiasCronqviston October 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Rilo Kiley song which is even more awesome because it is so open to interpretation. It could be applied to almost any situation.
    kaitlingraceon December 02, 2007   Link

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