"Fred Meyers" as written by and Glen Phillips....
I want to see you sometime
Come find me I'll be home
Just between the Costco
And the Barnes and Noble
Behind the mom and pop grocery
Shut down in the nineties
Like all the other locals
They smashed the dreams of the hopeful
I'm getting off track sorry
So like I said right in there
There was a Frederick Meyers
Sold everything from fruit to tires
Check in with the doorman
And old biker named Slim
Say you're here to see me
Don't forget to tip him
One hand must wash the other
Each man must be a brother
Band up and take cover
We'll go dancing, set fires
Tag buildings, slash tires
Drive go-karts like shriners
Just hang out at Fred Meyers
Bring a lantern with you
It gets dark in places
Go up the escalator
To the section that was kidswear
I'm at the back wall left side
Under a sign that says Levi's
Top bunk second row
If I'm not in right then ask around somebody'll know
'Cause everybody knows me here
One hand must was the other
Each man must be a brother
Band up and take cover
We'll go dancing, set fires
Tag buildings, slash tires
Drive go-karts like shriners
Just hang out at Fred Meyers
We'll go out babe, skateboarding
Go looting, food hoarding
Do whatever you desire
Or we can just stay in my bed at Fred Meyers
One hand must wash the other
Each man must be a brother
Band up and take cover
We'll go dancing, set fires
Tag buildings, slash tires
Drive go-karts like shriners
Or we can just stay in my bed at Fred Meyers
We'll go out babe, drink moonshine
Tip rubble on the east side
Dig deep holes to China
Or we can just stay in my bed at Fred Meyers
Why don't we just stay in my bed at Fred Meyers?


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"Fred Meyers" as written by Glen Phillips

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    General CommentThis song's working title was "Invitation to a Future Ghost Mall."
    toadtwson January 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. its about a hobo.
    nirvincubuson October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually, it's about living communally in a gutted department store after the collapse of civilization.

    But you were close.
    toadtwson March 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about what happy lives everyone will have in post-apocalyptic America.

    Taken from Glen's site on MP3.com:

    "I like the idea of all the big-box stores turning into affordable housing," Phillips explains. "Today we don't know the people who live right next door to us. To bring people back together, it might take what everybody in America fears the most: the loss of our gadgets and our money. I love the idea of tight communities in the former temples of consumerism."
    supertweak15on April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust to throw this out there also, in case some of you don't know... Fred Meyers is an actual big box store chain in the Pacific Northwest that is now owned by the Kroger conglomerate. The interesting thing about the song is how ahead of it's time it was. When it was written back in the 90s, Fred Meyers was a very successful chain and proved to be much like an upperscale Walmart. But recently, since being bought out by Kroger, the quality has significantly declined and several stores have been closed down due to sales loss.
    studiostudon May 26, 2006   Link

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