"Close to Home" as written by and Ryan Pope James Suptic....
Summer swallowed us whole;
We waited for you to come around
Every word you wrote down,
We read it over to know, would they believe is us now?
There's no shame like no sound from sources hits close to home
Everything that we've found says make your own destiny
But you're unaware that you should be scared
Maybe you'll learn from mistake that we make
We're not waiting forever
We know you'll never be there
We're not waiting forever, but if you get out we'll see you there
You're not awake as I'm aware
Maybe we had all you figured absolutely wrong
There's been a misunderstanding we've had all along
You can read about it when we're gone

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"Close To Home" as written by James Matthew Dewees James David Suptic

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    General CommentHow can you not like this song? the whole c.d. "Something to Wirte Home About" is really good.
    saves_the_day_girlon May 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI got the GREAT opportunity to see their secret reunion show, and they played "Something to Write Home About" from front to back. Before this song, they explained the meaning, and Miss Chainsaw is the closest. They wrote this as a frustrated love letter to Kansas City. When they were first getting started, they experienced great success and acclaim from around the country, but they couldn't get anyone from their hometown to appreciate them. That's still true today. Throughout the nation they are lauded as harbingers of the mid-90's second-wave emo scene, but here in Kansas City few people have even heard of them outside of those most in touch with the music scene. I wasn't sure of the meaning before, but now that they explained it it's so clear to me. For instance;

    "Every word you wrote down,
    we read it over to know...
    would they believe in us now?"

    Expresses their anxiety and frustration at wanting the city they were raised in to appreciate their work.

    There's no shame like no sound
    from sources hits close to home.

    This is expressing that their greatest "shame" is that even if they can amass fans from across the country, they can't get noticed in their hometown. That "hits close to home" (also a dual meaning, in that they can't make any "hits" in their hometown.)

    We know you'll never be there.
    We're not waiting forever,
    but if you get out we'll see you there.

    I see this as speaking to two different entities; The first two lines to the city in general, expressing their loss of belief in their hometown, and feelings that they will never come around to them. The third line is to potential fans. If they manage to get out of Kansas City, they they will surely discover their music, and they will "see them there".

    Maybe we had all you figured out
    absolutely wrong.
    There's been a misunderstanding
    we've had all along.
    You can read about it when we're gone.

    This is them saying that maybe they had misjudged their city. They started off at a time when the music scene in Kansas City was thriving, producing bands like Coalesce, Boy's Life and others (including Puddle of Mudd, which I understand was actually great back in the day before they drastically changed their sound for the worse.) However, over the past decade the music scene has all but died off. There are some great bands and artists, but there is no cohesive local "scene". They're saying that maybe that period in time they experienced was an anomaly, and that it shaped their perceptions of the city.

    But I think that the most telling and eerily accurate part is the final line, "You can read about it when we're gone". Of course when this was written they had no plans of a breakup, but rather they were fearing that they would fade away and become a slight mark in the local history books. But rather, after they broke up in 2005, they had truly made their mark on music as a whole, all the while never being greatly noticed by their hometown.

    Sorry for the huge thesis, but after they explained it at the show, I had a sudden realization I thought I'd contribute.
    rwiggumon November 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song! i love the get up kids all together, but this song is amazing. the lyrics to this are great
    aandfgirl16on May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome- i love the get up kids!
    rockerchica02on May 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song..
    AmericanBeauty84on May 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGet Up Kids are the best band out there...Something to Write Home About is a work of art. The best part of this song is when Pyror says "Maybe we had all you figured out absolutely wrong." GREAT SONG!
    Cokeson June 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love how it outros into I'll catch you it makes it feel like one whole song. The lyrics of this song impacted me and just reminds me of one of my summers.
    "Everything we've found says make your own destiny"
    PosibleIsProbWrongon June 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnot to big on emo but this song can tug at you. i liked it.
    Mo_Roccoon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song is pretty damn cool. but i gotta wonder what it's about hey? At first it alsmot seemed to me liukje it was directed at someone who was away or even in jail or something, but im not so sure after re-reading the lyrics. Either way its such a good song i love it.
    Action and Actionon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome! =D
    XsweetEMOtionXon August 22, 2002   Link

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