"The First" as written by and Tegan Quin Sara Quin....
Stand up sit down baby
Gonna be a formal dress down hey day
We decide why not go downtown
How about you and me we go get wasted

You'll have, you'll have to excuse me
Please please, please excuse me
You'll have, you'll have to excuse me
This will be my first time

By definition from grade school to English 30
We quietly become strong so early
Take it or leave it
They can't believe it

They go from kindergarten to killing sprees
They go from heartache to inner peace
100 foot ceilings 100 percent deceit
He said let's leave this between you and me

My cats watch my stuff leave my house
Between you and me the cat burglars are
What did you see what did you steal
Tell me baby how does it feel

Yeah how do you feel
It's a top ten list of
Things that move me the most
It's a top ten list of

Things that bother me the most
A top ten list of
Things that scare me the most
I'd have to say that the future

Wasting time in the fast food line
I decide to walk the fine line
And celebrate life celebrate death
I choose to celebrate the first

I celebrate the first
We decide to go out walking
The whole time that we're talking
Convinced that we're living

The whole time that we're dying
We decide to go out walking
The whole time that you're talking
Convinced that you're living

Whole time that I'm dying
Keeps me on my toes
Where did the time go
You keep me on my toes

Where did the time go
On the edge of town where the gravel's thin
They're gonna wear you down
Until you're thin and tired tired tired

Of wasting time in the fast food line
I decide to walk the fine line
And celebrate life celebrate death
I choose to celebrate

The first to come the first to go
The first to say yes the first to say no
I'm gonna seize this moment
The first to come the first to go

The first to say yes the first to say no
We decide to go out walking
The whole time that we're talking
Convinced that we're living

Whole time that we're dying
Keeps me on my toes
Where did the time go, yeah
Keeps me on my toes

Where did the time go
You keep me on my toes
Where did the time go
You keep me on my toes

You keep me on my toes
You keep me on my toes


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"The First" as written by Tegan Rain Quin Sara Keirsten Quin

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  • +1
    General CommentThis was written when Tegan walked in on cat burglars in her house. It was also her attempt at being more "positive" at that point in her life, when she was "just tired of focusing on that negative part, "I just seemed to be obsessed. I had no faith that anything was going to be good anymore. I was so sad for kids, so sad for the future. One day I just thought, I have to stop this, things are good. If you think good then you give out good energy, it was a reminder to myself to stay positive."
    WhiteIronon October 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentkeeps me on MAAAAAAAA toes...
    where'd the TOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIMMMME GO?!?!
    you keep me on myyyy toes, where did the time go??
    omfgmattyon March 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok this isn't quite folk there SCT, in fact it's pretty far.. but it is still good and oldschool T&S
    hab204on December 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song a lot. I feel like I relate to it right now and it's so catchy...
    fivergirlon January 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat other comment can you expect from an elitist?
    "mtv or whatever shit they saw it on."
    translation
    I'm a true fan, and if you heard them on mtv you smell funny.
    sigh
    MagentaMSIon April 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim not sure why but this is one of my favourite songs :)
    vanityyon May 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is definitly by far one of the best t&s songs ever, weather you like the old stuff more, or the new stuff(cant wait for the new cd), im a fan of both, but regaurdless, you should love this one, its full of so much compassion and energy!!! it couldent of had a bigger meaning if they had tried, its great! and by the way, what does it matter where you fing them out(mtv or what have yo) if you like them you like them, grow up:)
    prestonmon May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"grow up" spot on couldn't have put it better myself
    lifeistolongtohideon June 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song, one of my all time favourites. But I can't really figure what the meaning REALLY is.
    (Although the first comment gives me a clue. Haha)

    To me it may be be about seizing the day and celebrating life
    plunkson October 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Plunks...
    I came here in search of what others thought this song meant. Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of explaining the song at all.

    "To me it may be be about seizing the day and celebrating life"
    ...sounds good to me

    very catchy hook... keeps me on my toes, where did the time go...
    Mr Music Manon January 14, 2008   Link

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