Pop open a bottle of bubbly, yeah
Here's to another goddamn new year
And outside, two million drunk Bostonians are getting ready to sing "Auld Lang Syne" out of tune
I sit there in my easy chair, looking at the clouds, orange with celebration
And I wonder if you're out there

Hey! The ice of Boston is muddy
And reflects no light, in day or night
And I slip on it every time

Pop open a third bottle of bubbly
Yeah, and I take that bottle of champagne
Go into the kitchen, stand in front of the kitchen window
And I take all my clothes off, take that bottle of champagne
And I pour it on my head, feel it cascade through my hair
And across my chest, and the phone rings
And it's my mother
And she says "Hi honey, how's Boston?"
And I stand there, all alone on New Year's Eve
Buck naked, drenched in champagne, looking at a bunch of strangers
Uh, looking at them, looking at me, looking at them, and I say:
"Oh, I'm fine Mom, how's Washington?"

Hey! The ice of Boston is muddy
And reflects no light, in day or night
And I slip on it every time
Hey! The ice of Boston is muddy
And reflects no light, in day or night
And I slip on it every time, time, time, time, yeah

So I guess the party line is I followed you up here
Well, I don't know about that
Mainly because knowing about that would involve knowing about some pathetic, ridiculous, and absolutely true things about myself
That I'd rather not admit to right now
I woke up at 3 AM with the radio on, that Gladys Knight and the Pips song on
About how she'd rather live in his world with him
Than live in her own world alone
And I lay there, head spinning, trying to fall asleep
And I thought to myself: "Oh, Gladys, girl, I love you but, oh, get a life!"

Hey! The ice of Boston is muddy
And reflects no light, in day or night
And I slip on it every time
Hey! The ice of Boston is muddy
And reflects no light, in day or night
And I slip on it every time


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    General CommentI just wanted to add that the Gladys Knight & The Pips song that he refers to in this song is called, "Midnight Train To Georgia." There are many obvious parallels in the stories told by each song. - Check it out.
    thephilomathon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYES! this song owns!!
    weezerific:cutleryon February 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, Travis is a great storyteller. Try Ellen and Ben (by the Dismemberment Plan, natch) if you like this. It's good. Not *as* good, but good.
    Weasealon April 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti have the agree with weaseal. on all accounts
    myeyesareopenon May 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthaha i love his voice for his mom HI HONEY HOW'S BOSTON
    Hindenbergon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, i was listening to this at 1 30 am and i could barley contain the laughter. i love the "looking at a bunch of strangers, uh, looking at them, looking at me, looking at them" part.
    littletexas3on April 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLittleTex: THANK YOU! I was the same way. However, when I played this song for someone, she just kinda shrugged and was like "whateva."
    Weasealon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI like this song a lot, the way he narrarates it, especially live when everybody gets to get up on stage!
    andrewtorrienteon June 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "butt naked," not "buck naked."
    simonsteron April 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely "buck naked". First D-Plan song I ever heard. Absolutely amazing. Most people I know think it's kind of dull, but I slip on it everytime...
    Bustakapon July 02, 2004   Link

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