I took my girl to go bowling downtown at the red door
After and argument I started cause I thought she didn't like me anymore
I can't help it sometimes i feel pitiful
And of course she's so young and beautiful

I bought us two glasses of coke
Thats her favorite and I wanted to make up for earlier
But I dropped her glass and it broke
So I just gave my glass to her

She laughed and so did I in our lane
Then she went to the vending machine to buy a candy cane
But next to that was a boy I knew with a spring in his hand
Playing a country pinball machine called "stand by your man"
I saw him talk to her but I stayed in my lane and played steady
And was thinking of a day when I'd be too old to throw a ball this heavy

But I guess I'm young now so It's easier to knock 'em all down
Then I look and saw her say to him "you're really hittin' that ball around"
And he's lookin' at her the way i did when I first met her
I can see in his face white flowers, cups of coffee, and love letters.

I was sorry to interrupt their game but I went and did it anyway.
I dropped my red bowling ball through the glass of his machine
And I said "are you quick enough to hit this ball "Mr. Clean?"
I was scared to lose her so I couldn't help being mean.

And that ended both our games
I said I was sorry but my girl left with him just the same
I thought how much I hate when love makes me act this way
I was bent over a broken pinball machine in a bowling alley And I threw it all away.
Isn't it all just a big game


Lyrics submitted by JulianCasablancas

Hand Springs song meanings
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    General Commenthaha, it may be spoken word, but this song has some great guitar work and acoustics. Jack and Meg did a fine job with this one. This song is on a compliation called "Hot Pinball Rock" released back during the time of Their self titled debut.
    FloggingMollyon September 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThey sure did
    JulianCasablancason September 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti want to hear this song
    uncoolmanon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti've got this song on 7" vinyl. it's excellent. i'm sure there'd be mp3 versions of it everywhere if you looked.
    LeeHarveyon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really great song, and self-explanitory too.
    velloceton July 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is friggin hilarioius. I love the way he does the spoken word so blankly, like he doesn't care that his girl left him. He sounds so emotionless

    If you really want it, look for the album White Blood Cells. I bought mine, and it had a DVD attached that had the band's first four music videos, Lafayette Blues, and Hand Springs. It's a nice treat
    WeezDayon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti avnt heard this song where can i get it?! i well wanna hear it cause its got well good lyrics! it sounds dead sweet when he says......... I bought us two glasses of coke
    Thats her favorite and I wanted to make up for earlier
    But I dropped her glass and it broke
    So I just gave my glass to her
    welcome to paradiseon October 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy friend got it and showed it to me
    its hilariously bland and that makes the song seem different than wat the lyrics say
    it rocks out
    neverheardofhimon April 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjack being cool as shit
    viciou5on September 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat?! They didn't let him stay after he smashed a pinball macine with a bowling ball?! I would. He's Jack White.

    Great song nonetheless.
    TheAbsolutionHowlon April 18, 2007   Link

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