Going to fly to Hawaii
get laid in a lawn chair
drown in a bathtub
fill it with cheap beer
i miss new wave
and movies about losing
or just the parts where it's a-okay
see baby i got something right
the world is screaming
i miss new wave
and real intent

gonna drive to LA
get laid at the rose bowl
drown in a hot tub, fill it with models
i miss new wave
and hearing the scratches on my long plays
or just the part that sound OK
see baby i got something right

when the world is screaming
miss new wave
and real intent

gonna die in Coquitlam
get laid by a golf course
that I never went to
well it's not a real sport
and I'll miss new wave
and watching you walk away
so go on it's OK
see baby i got something right
see baby i got something right


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    General CommentAlthough I love the rythum of this song, I am having trouble understanding the meaning. Can someone explain this one to me. What exactly does he mean by "I miss new wave"?
    Huh?on May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i don't really get the song either, or what he's referring to as the thing he got right? is he talking about leaving? anyone got ideas?
    AllImLosingIsMeon June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"In a recent interview, guitarist Dave Genn refered to a "new wave". This "new wave" was the influential new wave of music bursting onto the scene during the 1980's. An influential "new wave" that inspired Matt, Dave, Rich and Ian."
    ....this was taken from the Running For Home website ( runningforhome.net - a site about MGB ) :
    sapphiremodenaon June 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a good song, one of my favourites if theirs. Too bad they broke up or whatever. Matt probably drove them all away with his opiniatedness, haha.
    walking-catastropheon June 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this song... and the explaination of "new wave" sure helped me understand, but i still don't get it. what did he get right??? what does the ending mean???
    justanothergirlon August 26, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"and watching you walk away
    so go on it's OK
    see baby i got something right
    see baby i got something right"

    What he means by this is: "something right" is a directed reference to the relationship he had with his girlfriend. The thing he got right was letting her go. I dunno how accurate this is, just my opinion (obviously).

    By the way, Beautiful line:

    when the world is screaming
    miss new wave
    and real intent
    Huh?on May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this song is poetry. Normally I wouldnt use such a feminine word for music, but this song is beautiful, there is no other way to describe it.

    I think, like many mgb songs, it is based around an oxymoron. I think the idea is that if something is old enough to be missed, can it still be considered new?

    Now, I am guessing that the song has to do with something which started as fresh and pure being tainted and ultimately destroyed by overall monotony.

    Of course, I dont think this song was written about a specific event, it was most likely written as a general application so as to relate to the most people. I think it is unlikely that the song has anything to do with the new wave of music. Matthew Good's songs are usually about politics and human relationships, society etc. they are about people, it is very uncommon his songs are actually about music.

    The drowning in a bathtub and geting laid in lawn chairs etc. are all symbolic of reaching out for something new to break away from something which is wearing you down. These reaching's are all perverted or tragic, which symbolizes being punished in today's society for breaking from the norm.

    Same thing with missing movies about losing. In real life people dont always win, and that is one of the things that keeps us sane. In the song, matthew good is being driven insane by all the happy endings, and it has come to the point where he is reaching out for a loss or a tragic end.

    When he says
    "hearing the scratches on my long plays
    or just the part that sound OK"
    he is talking about hearing the scratches on his LP records (Long play records) which is what people consider to be one of the flaws in vinyl record technology. This has been corrected with CDs, but matthew good wants it back. He is tired of everything always being perfect and he longs for something which is more raw, more left to chance, more real(miss new wave and real intent).

    When he says
    "or just the parts where it's a-okay" and "or just the part that sound OK"

    he is simply supporting his idea of monotomy. Even when losing is put into a movie, or when there are scratches in a song, they are there intentionally, they still serve the same general purpose which he is trying to escape. He doesnt want something which is real enough to get someone's point across, he wants something which is just real for the sake of being real, something which does not serve anyone's agenda, it just happens because it happens.

    Anyways, thats my opinion. What do you guys think?
    Secret-Ianon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI had a huge 1 page thing written in here, but I clicked on the link and my comp froze, so this time im gonna make it short.

    The song is about monotony driving someone insane and driving them to do tragic and obscene things.

    Matthew good is commenting on all the things that are spoon fed to us in our society. Things are always made to be pleasing, or generally liked. Matthew good is tired of this.

    In real life things are not always prepackaged and things definately do not work out perfectly all the time. This is what keeps us sane.

    Matthew Good is losing his sanity to todays society, and thats why he is reaching out for something drastic to bring change into his life, such as getting laid in a lawn chair and drowning in a bath tub filled with beer.

    He is tired of things always being processed to the point where they are not real anymore. He wants the scratches from his vinyl records back because they reminded him that the music was made by a human being. Nowadays everything comes with crystal clear sound, and it sounds the same every time you play it. Like a machine. He wants something more raw, more left to chance, more real (miss new wave and real intents).

    He also comments on the fact that some things are made to seem real just to fulfill someone's agenda or please someone. ("or just the parts where it's a-okay"). He is being sarcastic when he says this. He doesnt want something to be made with flaws so it can seem real just to please him. He wants something which is real because it is. He wants something unadulterated, pure and relentless. He is tired of being protected at all times, he wants to crash and burn, but on his own terms.

    Of course, there is more emanign to this song than what I have talked about, however I am tired, if people are interested I might post back on here some time in the future.

    Another thing. I just noticed I put a lot of words into matthew goods mouth in this post. Just remember that this is my interperetation of the song and it may be completely wrong, I am not saying that matthew good said any of this, this is just what I believe.
    Secret-Ianon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOkay, first of all, how is "poetry" a feminine word? Second of all, how is music masculine? Third of all wtf are you people on? Fourthly HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW WHAT NEW WAVE IS?

    About the song, I like how it is put together.

    "get laid in a lawn chair /drown in a bathtub "

    and

    "get laid at the rose bowl /drown in a hot tub"

    I like it, it's kind of ironic.

    I think this is a song about nostalgia. I personally miss things and times and places that made me feel quite melancholy, because there is something about them that is appealing.

    "i miss new wave /and movies about losing /or just the parts where it's a-okay "

    New Wave is generally music that does not deal with happy things. It deals with depression and angst.

    "I'll miss new wave /and watching you walk away "

    I guess it's just the tendency to find some kind of solace in the idea of sadness.

    Or maybe the song is sarcastic.

    Bah, I don't know, that was not very insightful.
    CÆTon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"He wants something more raw, more left to chance, more real (miss new wave and real intents). "

    Okay, that makes sense.

    It's like life is such a load of bullshit, it's so phony, so overproduced, it's monotonous and sucky ... and if the song relates to a relationship, maybe that's what that it was like too. You're going to miss all those moments that were real.
    CÆTon November 21, 2004   Link

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