"Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin' Man" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Joseph Paul Langlois and Robert Gordon Sinclair....
It was our third time in New York It was your fourth time in New York We were fifth and sixth on the bill We talk a little about our bands Talk a little of our future plans It's not like we were best friends That number scheme comes back to me In times beyond our heartbeat We hung around 'til the final band called "Escape is at hand for the travellin' man" You yelled in my ear, this music speaks to me They launched into, "Lonely from rock 'n roll" Followed by, "They checked out an hour ago" Closing with, "All desires turn concrete" Those melodies come back to me At times beyond our heartbeat I guess I'm too slow, yes, I'm too, yes, I'm too slow But you said anytime of the day was fine You said anytime of the night was also fine I walked through your revolving door Got no answer on the seventh floor Elevator gave a low moan The pigeons sagged the wire with their weight Listening to the singing chambermaid She sang, "They checked out an hour ago" Those melodies come back to me In times beyond our heartbeat I guess I'm too slow, yes, I'm too, yes, I'm too slow But you said anytime of the day was fine You said anytime of the night was also fine Our heartbeat, our heartbeat, our heartbeat Long conversation, idle chit-chat Maybe dive in or maybe hang back Idle conversation or idle chit-chat Maybe dive in or maybe hang back


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"Escape Is at Hand for the Travellin' Man" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Joseph Paul Langlois, Robert Gordon Sinclair

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    General CommentThis is my favourite Hip song. It is about taking just a little bit too much time to get with a person. It is about missed chances and about regret and about self-doubt.

    The part where he describes how he is feeling through the titles of the songs the band he is hearing plays is just freaking brilliant.
    Otomodachion November 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I thought it was about a moment where the subject of this song missed a chance to be with the one he or she was supposed to love. It's a once-in-a-lifetime-kind-of-fleeting-wanting-to-see-where-this-could-go- moment. It's so memorable that you can't shake it out of your mind no matter how hard you try. I don't know, maybe I'm being too romantic.

    This is why I love The Hip so much, their songs are meant to be experience, not decoded or dissected. They may bring one thing to you while meaning something different to anybody else. They are just that damn good.
    OpinionHeadon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs of all time, reminds me of my best friend who passed away 8 years ago. It's great when you meet somebody who you can vibe with on any level, idol conversation, dive in or hang back.
    DevastatorJr.on February 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe I'm the first to comment on the brilliance of this one.
    madscooterfoo9on June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEvery time I hear this song I understand another level of meaning. This song is unmatched in its clever layering of both meaning and sound.
    hiploveron May 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhy don't you explain it then, oh wise hiplover?
    ProudesterMonkeyon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's not only about missed chances, but also about being abandoned or left behind by someone. There's a certain tone of reproach along with the regret: I guess I'm too slow, but you said anytime....

    It's generally acknowledged that the song was written for Jim Ellison of the band Material Issue, who committed suicide in 1996.
    wonderdogon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song has amazing insight to the feeling you get when one of your rare acquaintances you'd like to know better dies.

    Gord sums up perfectly what he's trying to say, while leaving looe ends to allow listeners to make their own personal opinions to it. He's probably one of the best writers of all time. I think it's time he starts getting acknowledged more in the world. Not just Canada.
    samovaon October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song has amazing insight to the feeling you get when one of your rare acquaintances you'd like to know better dies.

    Gord sums up perfectly what he's trying to say, while leaving loose ends to allow listeners to make their own personal opinions to it. He's probably one of the best writers of all time. I think it's time he starts getting acknowledged more in the world. Not just Canada.
    samovaon October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song has amazing insight to the feeling you get when one of your rare acquaintances you'd like to know better dies.

    Gord sums up perfectly what he's trying to say, while leaving loose ends to allow listeners to make their own personal opinions to it. He's probably one of the best writers of all time. I think it's time he starts getting acknowledged more in the world. Not just Canada.
    samovaon October 27, 2007   Link

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