"Bartering Lines" as written by and Van Alston Ryan Adams....
[Chorus]
Hold me up, hold me down
Leave me in the withering pines
Steal my love, steal my kisses
Take 'em to the bartering lines

Ten cents up, two bucks down
Ship it out and turn it into fuel
Three bucks shy
Leave it on the table till somebody else with money's got a use

Spinning so hard
I can't stand
Shadow of a shadowy man
Hold me up, hold my hand
The treasures that she misses make the man

Ten cents up, two bucks down
Ship it out and turn it into fuel
Three bucks shy
Leave it on the table till somebody else with money's got a use

So hold me up, tie me down
Leave me in the withering pines
Steal my love, steal my kisses
'valuate the differences in life

Ten cents up, two bucks down
Ship it out and turn it into fuel
Three bucks shy
Leave it on the table till somebody else with money's got a use

[Chorus]


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"Bartering Lines" as written by Van Alston Ryan Adams

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    General CommentI always thought it was about dealing with people (judging from the rest of the album, girlfriends in particular) and the lies people tell each other and how every conversation is just a negotiation, how people are so insincere all the time and stuff like that.
    Guerillabaabaaon February 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!
    Proddieon April 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!
    Proddieon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is written from the perspective of an old man. An old man who lived in the town where Ryan was recording Heartbreaker. Ryan wrote it from this old man's perspective of life, living in a small shit hole town.
    Boscoboyon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is like, sitting at a table with some friends at a bar, but you're all in a daze and don't really talk and just drink, and it keeps going and going and going sort of like a trap. Also like, a girl uses him (sort of) and gives him kisses but he totally digs it.
    starlitedineron June 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm with Guerillabaabaa.
    angelsflyon October 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto me, it's the big gambles with a bit of cynicism.
    kayemmeon August 29, 2010   Link

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