The gentleman caller in the blue suede shoes
He dont know what to do
He just wants to look good for you
So he rushes in to tell you what he did today
But he can't think of what to say
I think you'll listen anyway
He wants to have a good time
Just like everybody
He doesn't want to fall apart
You watch him as he stutters over what to say
Its just a little game you play
It's no easier for you some days
You wish that you could tell him it'll be ok
But you feel a little shy these days
'Cause everybody goes away
Oh...
You just wanna have a good time
Just like everybody else
You dont want to fall apart this time
I can look into your eyes and see the mess we're in
Well darling if it's shit came out
Then I suppose that it's shit went in
Even though I couldn't say I've been the places that you've been
You know you made my heart real strong
Even if you made my head real thin
I wanna have a good time
Just like everybody
And I dont wanna fall apart
Oh..
I wanna have a good time
Just like everybody else
And I dont wanna fall apart this time
So would you please invite me in
Ohhhhhhh....
I really love the red haired girls
I'm just another boy from Texas
C'mon and take a spin
I got a brand new set of wings
Oh
I really love the red haired girls
I'm just another boy from Texas
C'mon and take a spin
Hey I gotta brand new set of wings
Man I sure do love them red haired girls
I'm just like all those boys from Texas
C'mon and take a spin
Hey little girl I gotta brand new set of wings
Oh, oh, oh


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    General Commentfor me, this song takes place at the end of a relationship that went wrong...they are trying to go out, meeting other people, but they're just not seeing in these new people what they saw in each other, but they know they can't be together. They're desperately trying to have a "good time" with someone else, but are only thinking of each other. "You know you made my heart real strong even if you made my head real thin" is my favorite line. It explains every bad relationship...you fell in love and you knew you should just walk away, but you were thinking with your heart instead of your head...bittersweet :)
    fallonmarie813on October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI went to see counting crows play a concert the other day, in which they played this song. And as the intro started Adam told the audience what the song meant to him.

    He said that he was saw a magazine with a pretty actress on the front who had been recently divorced and that it said Adam was her new boyfriend. Which made him wish he had met her before.

    So he thought about what she must be going through and what it must feel like to have the press make up lies about your personal life for other people's entertainment. And he wished he could talk to her, not that he would be the best person to talk to or that he would know what to say but just to talk to her as he knows how it feels to be isolated.

    That's what he said anyway. Make of it what you will...
    tc1988on July 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is an AMAZING song, one of my favorites from the new cd :)
    trastaon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song. genius and beautifully crafted. i love it ;)
    sexysoccerchicon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song on the album. The "gentleman caller" just wants to impress his love affection. She also fears him as she knows that relationships eventually fade. He wants to feel good and is envious of those that have the sort of relationship that he craves. Even though he sees it falling apart, inside he believes that he can mend it into what he has envisioned. He is sick being hurt, but he doesn't regret it as it makes him stronger "you know you made my heart real strong. even if you made my head real thin" Now that he is stronger, he wants her to see that in him..."i've got a brand new set of wings" One of my favorite lines: "And I don't want to fall apart this time,so won't you please invite me in? OHHHH...."
    Suzieq19jon August 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI intitially thought this song was about a guy (the gentleman caller) who was going (paying for) on a date with a call girl. It was this really empty first date thing with someone who could never love him but he still went to the effort (the blue suede shoes).
    so he tries to come up with something that will make her like him and he just mesess it up.
    But inside this call girl can kind of relate to him because her life is full of these little failures too.
    she wants to tell him it will be ok, but holds back because she knows the futility of trying to comfort someone in rejection.
    I think they begin to realise they have more in common than they ever thought they could.
    I dont think they can ever be together but I think the guy takes consolation from the fact that hes not alone in being alone. Thats my take anyway.
    lostinspaceon May 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with u FallonMarie. This song has to be about the days in between lovers. You just want to have a "good time". It's a very simple statement but yet it has so much depth. "Just wanna have a good time" been there. In there!! Thats why I'm reading lyrics to all these wonderful Crows songs. The best soundtrack for this part of my life. Oh- yeah and I really love those red haired girls....being from Texas and all. HaHa!
    MICon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about disappointing yourself and being too critical of others. It's easy to forget that you and everyone else just want to have a good time.
    Pechorinon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is by far one of their greatest, it catches the essence of rock more than alot of their other songs. it has a subtle intro, and the guitar sounds utterly original, intense yet slow with unusual twists and fillins. this song has their identity painted all over it even though its different from wut they usually produce and the lyrics are just awesome, deep and bitter-sweet. i think the song starts with the gentleman caller (obviously) and the girl he likes and not two seperate ppl. hes trying to impress her yet she doesnt feel the same way, guess shes rather out of his league or sth. yet she understands, and whats goin on with him happens to her "somedays." then he moves on to her and how her relationships have failed before and how fragile she has become due to that, "u feel a little shy these days." so they both hold in common that they want to have a good time and not fall apart. i think he then moves to a personal statement because he is the subject, "i can look at into ur eyes..." which is probably about a girl who hurt him. and he links this with the feelings of the characters he talked about in the first couple of versus, "i wanna have a good time...." and then the song takes a brighter tone where hes sad but still has hopes for other attempts to work with "please invite me in...... comeon n take a spin" thats just my point of view the song may be interpreted otherwise, im not sure about the ending though, is it the same girl he wants to take on a spin or is it someone else, i dunno. neway theres really some of their best work in this song its just plain good im surprised there were only 7 comments on it!
    Oozoon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read an interview the other day where Adam said all his lyrics were autobiographical. Then I was listening to this song and something about the ending struck me as odd. When he says he loves those redhaired girls and he's just another boy from Texas. Well Adam isn't from Texas, so i thought it my just be artistic expression. Then i remembered that in the movie Dazed and Confused Matthew McConaughey's character Wooderson says "I just love those redheads!". Thats where i remembered the line from. Also the movie is based in Texas. That line could be a shout-out to that movie or it could just be a coincidence.
    skoalchewer89on April 14, 2008   Link

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