one wound up punch of intuition
lays flat my whole take on us.
you're the girl on the wing of a barnstormer
the tidal rabbit who came of age before her time.

we could have been so good-natured
if i'd relented when you insisted,
but we've been backed against
all nature's walls far too long.

you felt abandoned by me,
i recall the sunshine as you were melting
and though the comedy softens the fall
they still hear us with their ears to the wall.

i sold all my evil motives,
no icicles stuck in my hide.
i'm through with riddles, i know we're little
just help me feel warm inside.

before we take this ride and let it slide
into the cracks where fall and winter collide.
i surrender all my gall in a song of modern love.
remember you're the one who summoned me above any other kind.

we could have been so good-natured
if you'd relented when i insisted,
we take a week off, let the garden grow by itself
and let the gluttons fill themselves with all the worst of the gory ninties.
and though the comedy softens the fall, we stall fall short.

before we take this ride and let it slide
into the cracks where fall and winter collide.
i surrender all my gall in a song of modern love.
remember you're the one who summoned me above any other kind.


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  • +3
    General Commentthe shins' lyrics are too cryptic to really understand anything about what they're talking about.

    but that's what i
    l3olov3ron March 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"before we take this ride and let it slide
    into the cracks where fall and winter collide."

    That's one of the catchiest lines ever written. I love The Shins and Mercer's use of words. This is a great example of it.
    clearlygonemadon December 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about a good relationship being made complex by the modern system of courtship. you can tell theyre tired of how things are going, so theyre gonna try and make thinks simpler for themselves.
    DyolfKnipon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've loved the Shins for a loooooooong time and today I just realized how incredible this song is, for like the 9th time. I love this band. Mercer's word use is unlike anyone. His words, themselves are catchy- they role right off the tongue. I love it!
    babyjane8733on January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIdly browsing wikipedia (page on barnstorming) found this quote whhich is nice with this song:

    "Jessie Woods of the Flying Aces Air Circus declared: "Don't let them kid you — it wasn't romantic. I slept on the bottom wing of an airplane. I learned how to sleep there without falling off. I've gone through as much as three days without sleep. There's nothing romantic about that.""
    StatusFrustrationon April 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentisn't it "girl sailor, don't sink her."
    not "girl, sail her don't sink her"
    or maybe it's both, i mean, it could be a play on words

    i mean, it is called girl sailor
    so..yeah
    juliac3on September 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOMG i meant to post this on girl sailor
    i am so sorry
    juliac3on September 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's like when you give up everything that you held dear even though it was wrong ("i sold all my evil motives, no icicles stuck in my hide.") and then all you have is the people you love to help you through ("just help me feel warm inside.")

    aDorkinSuburbiaon June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me, it seems more like its about these two people who love each other, but just cant get along and always fall out... and in this son he is saying "cant we just forget it all and be happy".
    as for the "i sold all my evil motives,
    no icicles stuck in my hide.
    i'm through with riddles, i know we're little
    just help me feel warm inside" well he is just saying that he's willing to forget all grudges and just let them be happy.
    anyone else?
    sambo28on September 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthowever that is.
    DyolfKnipon February 16, 2005   Link

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