"Left Of The Dial" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
Read about your band in some local page
Didn't mention your name, didn't mention your name
The sweet Georgia breezes, safe, cool and warm
I headed up north, you headed north

On and on and on and on
What side are you on?
On and on and on and on
What side are you on?

Weary voice that's laughin', on the radio once
We sounded drunk, never made it on
Passin' through and it's late, the station started to fade
Picked another one up in the very next state

On and on and on and on
What side are you on?
On and on and on and on and

Pretty girl keep growin' up, playin' make-up, wearin' guitar
Growin' old in a bar, ya grow old in a bar
Headed out to San Francisco, definitely not L.A.
Didn't mention your name, didn't mention your name

And if I don't see ya, in a long, long while
I'll try to find you
Left of the dial
Left of the dial
Left of the dial
Left of the dial
Left of the dial
Left of the dial
Left of the dial
Left of the dial


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"Left of the Dial" as written by Paul Westerberg

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  • +4
    General Commentpaul fell in love with some girl in a band who was touring at the same time the replacements were. and hes saying his only contact with her is left of the dial which is college radio. thats the only place he knows shell be. cuz her song gets played on there. hes just talking about the different states where the college radio plays her music
    hpw101on June 19, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"Left of the Dial" is a reference to college radio at the time if any of you don't get the reference. On the old radio format the stations on the left side of stations were normally the college radio stations and so forth.
    Naliamegodon November 13, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe chorus is on and on and on and on, which side are you on - referring to how low frequency stations (like college stations) play the best music and are on the left side of the dial
    gilbagon September 22, 2004   Link
  • +2
    Song FactLynn Blakey was Paul's girlfriend, muse & my roommate in Athens, Ga in early 80's. She played guitar, touring with her friends Mitch Easter, Faye Hunter & Sarah Romweber in Let's Active. She came to Athens to play w/ Oh OK (Linda Hopper, Lynda Stipe & David Pierce). Paul stayed at our house when The Replacements played Athens. Sometimes nuts, always interesting. I wrote for a music mag, Tasty World. Never made a dime, but had tons of fun & have some great stories from those crazy, magical years in Athens.
    Left of the Dialon July 11, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read that he wrote this song after he heard an interview on college radio with said girl.
    NvrEndr5on March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that the source of the song is as it is said above. To me this would be a great song to put on during a road trip. Just listening to it driving past farms, through cities, etc.
    genxdude91on July 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought Let's Active was based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I had interpreted in the Georgia reference to identify REM as the band. The the pretty girl reference never made sense to me until I read the other comments.
    mortimer29on September 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Let's Active had some connections to REM, as did the Replacements. Westerberg may have met the girl in Georgia or something.
    SilverNobleon March 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Memoryi remember someone telling me that the girl in the song was in the band "Oh Ok" an Athens, GA band.
    pondescomon March 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat last line gets me every time his vocals are amazing.
    Durango95on December 12, 2010   Link

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