They're tearing up streets again, they're building a new hotel
The mayor's out killing kids to keep taxes down
And me and my anger sit folding a paper bird
Letting the curtains turn to beating wings
Wish I had a socket-set to dismantle this morning
Just one pair of clean socks, and a photo of you
When you get off work tonight, meet me at the construction site
And we'll write some notes to tape to the heavy machines
Like "We hope they treat you well, hope you don't work too hard
We hope you get to be happy sometimes"
And bring your Swiss Army knife and a bottle of something
And I'll bring some spray-paint and a new deck of cards
Hey I found the safest place to keep all our tenderness
Keep all those bad ideas, keep all our hope
It's here in the smallest bones: the feet and the inner-ear
It's such an enormous thing to walk and to listen
And I'd like to fall asleep to the beat of you breathing
In a room near a truck stop on a highway somewhere
Well you are a radio, you are an open door
I am a faulty string of blue Christmas lights
You swim through frequencies, you let that stranger in
As I'm blinking off and on and off again
And we've got a lot of time, or maybe we don't
But I'd like to think so, so let me pretend
Well these are my favourite chords, I know you like them too
When I get a new guitar you could have this one
And sing me a lullaby, sing me the alphabet
Sing me a story I haven't heard yet


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by eunoia

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  • +1
    General Comment"It's here in the smallest bones
    the feet and the inner-ear.
    It's such an enormous thing
    to walk and to listen."

    This is one of my favorite lyrics ever.
    simpson_jkon April 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsome of these situations sound nice. like "When you get off work tonight, meet me at the construction site, and we'll write some notes to tape to the heavy machines" just sounds like fun.
    anyways about this song, a very good relaxing tune, i enjoy it
    big_kon January 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an awesome band...this song is different from most, its simple but i like it....especially the lyrics...."I'd like to fall asleep to the beat of you breathing in a room near a truckstop on a highway somewhere"

    i agree with big k, a nice relaxing mellow song...good to fall asleep to...
    BrokenPromiseson May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti effin love these guys. the lyrics are just... great.
    xXPixiePunkXxon May 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, I agree big k ... I would like to play with the weakerthans

    ....take that however you want. :)

    I love this song. "I'd like to fall asleep to the beat of you breathing" and "I am a faulty string of blue christmas lights"

    I don't know. The Weakerthans just have a way of stringing together these awesome lines ... and then having beautiful music to go along with it.

    I love to fall asleep to this song.
    catherinekson June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey really do a great job with lyrics. it reminds me of like folk artists from the 60's. i love that line, "and me and my anger sit folding a paper bird." i so relate to this song in so many ways. it just feels so...innocent, somehow.
    fallenstarhaloon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentespecially the line with "when you get off work tonight...." makes pretty clkear, that the weakerthans are a very political, socialist band writing socialist lovesongs
    stanglon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's got a simple, relaxing tune with beautiful lyrics. I agree with BrokenPromises: This is a good song to fall asleep to. Like a deep lullaby.
    Rieon July 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYOU ARE A RADIO. YOU ARE AN OPEN DOOR. I AM A FAULTY STRING OF BLUE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. YOU SWIM THROUGH FREQUENCIES. YOU LET THAT STRANGER IN, AS I'M BLINKING OFF AND ON AND OFF AGAIN. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF TIME. OR MAYBE WE DON'T, BUT I'D LIKE TO THINK SO, SO LET ME PRETEND.
    musicloveaffairon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just wish they had some more songs like this one.
    appelon September 03, 2002   Link

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