"Anderson Mesa" as written by and James Christopher/burch Adkins....
Don't leave without intentions
Night's made up our my decision
Don't leave without intentions of ever coming back

Don't leave without intentions
Mind's made up my own decision
Don't leave without intentions of ever coming back

Vacation, you take them
If you wanted, you'll ask them

Alone, I'm outside
Red sky, I wait there
Snowfall above me
So new yet fading

Vacation, you take them
If you wanted, you'll ask them

Run around or jump the fence
Graveyard


Lyrics submitted by xpankfrisst, edited by CloudEater

"Anderson Mesa" as written by Richard E Burch James Christopher Adkins

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    General Commentthis song is about a friend leaving and trying to get them to stay i guess. i think it's quite personal too, as the lyrics seem specific to a certain place (snow, graveyard...) and i think anderson mesa was a place near where jimmy eat world came from. i'm pretty sure that's right, anyone want to correct me?
    xpankfrisston May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell the band hails from Mesa, Arizona so maybe it's bout that.
    ilovejimon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just think the lyrics are kick ass
    "Dont ever leave with intentions"..Hell ya!
    imthecootieon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey, it's "Don't leave without intentions"- there's no 'ever'
    stepsawayon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentum...ok...I think it works like this:

    "Anderson Mesa" - a place in Arizona where the band come from

    "Don't leave without intentions, don't leave without intentions. My mind's made up, make my own decision.
    Don't leave without intentions of ever coming back" - a friend has made up their mind that they're leaving. He wants whatever his friend wants to make them happy, but pleads with them to return and not forget about him.

    "Vacation, you'd take them if you wanted you'd ask them. Vacation, you'd take them if you wanted you'd ask them. Vacation, you'd take them if you wanted" - it isn't a case of just wanting to be away, because if they wanted just to go away they'd take a vacation. They wants to be away for a long time, leaving this place behind.

    "Alone I'm outside, red sky, I wait there, snowfall above me, so new...yet fading" - He obviously hasn't known the person for as long as he'd like to, as he waits for them knowing that this will be one of their last times together.

    "Run around or jump the fence, graveyard" - he can either believe they will be together again so or admit to himself that the friendship is as good as dead (jump the fence, graveyard). The friend doesn't seem as concerned as he is.

    If you disagree, please disregard. Mx.
    Jesus_Hates_Loserson May 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI am completely blown away everytime I hear this song. I love the part about the red sky and snow. I will never forget a time right after I first heard this song that I was outside at about midnight and it was lightly snowing with a soft red sky. It just about killed me. I like how he uses the fading snow as a metaphor for the relationship he is losing. He just barely started his relationship and it was so new and wonderful to him. Yet, as the pristine snow fades, so does his prospect of love. He makes a desparate plea to continue his relationship by saying "don't leave without intentions of ever coming back." I also love the emotion he has when he says "alone I'm outside." After standing alone outside and watching the snow fall, he realizes that his relationship would forever be altered. As this reality stings, he flees his solemn position in the falling snow in search of a place where nostalgia wouldn't haunt him. He jumps the fence and is in a cemetery. How fitting, how utterly and completely perfect. This song rocks. It is so deep and so beautiful. The only constant is change. The only certainty is death. Static Prevails.
    first star I seeon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsomething just hit me...."first star i see" ended talking about static prevails and then i thought about clarity. "static prevails" (ie, the confusion previals), and then "clarity" (ie, understanding) Anyone ever thought of that??? i cant beleive i didnt before now.

    anyhow, i think everyone is just about on about this song...i love when he sings "..yet fading..." for the last time and his voice gets that almost crying tone to it, then the hushed "vacation...you take them..." comes in. its amazing. so emotional.

    and is it just me, or the last time he sings that "vacation..." line, does he say "...if you want them, if you want ME..." ?? anyone else hear that? that could make a lot of sense.
    Davkay20on June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentjust about on about this song? am i losing it? i meant i think everyone is just about right on this song...thanks
    Davkay20on June 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE JEW!!!!!!!!! i am going tpo see them in concert w. my best friend and iu love this song its my favorite and they play it everytime i cant wait JULY 27th!!!!!!!!! ~thinkpunk~
    thinkpunk10on June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJesus loves losers! He loves everyone. :-]
    jarboffon June 29, 2002   Link

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