"The Lie and How We Told It" as written by and Ira David Kaplan Georgia Mia Hubley....
Talking words, angry words
Hang in the air, we don't dare
Sky went gray, wake in white
Hangs in the air, we don't dare

And there's a thousand reasons
I don't need them to help the fired flare
And even as we near it, I can't hear it
Files in the air
We don't dare


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    General Commentit is a very 'Yo La Tengo' song, Ira's typical hammer-ons, a D-chord progression similar to many earlier Yo La songs like 'I Heard You Looking'.. . maybe that's why they don't play this one as much...

    I completely agree with everyzoe, just a great summer bike riding song. I think its about ignoring some inevitable end to a relationship or just ignoring some inevitable end in any aspect of life. The "we don't dare" refrain seems like an encouragement to ignore what the future holds and just enjoy the moment, but the second verse is pretty cryptic...
    acorm88on February 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a rumor. and its true, but its a rumor that you couldn't think would be true. i think the refernces to "air" and "flies" stand for the rumor. how rumors float from people. and how when its about you, it drives you insane. my two cents
    confusion89on September 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing. i love how the vocals are really soft and in the background. one of yo la tengo's best songs
    noone1111111111111111111on July 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentprobably one of my favorite ylt songs. brings me back to the summer after 8th grade when i first got this album from my friends older brother.
    such humid drenched sounds. i could ride my bike to this all night long
    everyzoeon December 22, 2007   Link

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