One night in Iowa
He and I in a borrowed car
Went driving in the summer
Promises in every star

Out in the distance
I could hear some people laughing
I felt my heart beat back
A weekend's worth of sadness

There was a farmhouse
That had long since been deserted
We stopped and carved our hearts
Into the wooden surface

We thought just for an instant
We could see the future
We thought for once we knew
What really was important

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home, and oh, by the way

Don't you know that I could make
A dream that's barely half-awake come true

I wanted to say
But anything I could have said
I felt somehow that you already knew

We got back in the car
And listened to a Dylan tape
We drove around the fields
Until it started getting late

And I went back to
My hotel room on the highway
And he just got back
In his car and drove away

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home, and oh, by the way

Don't you know that I could make
A dream that's barely half-awake come true

I wanted to say
But anything I could have said
I felt somehow that you already knew

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home, come on home


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"Coming up Close" as written by Aimee Mann

Lyrics © TIL TUNES ASSOCIATES MICHAEL HAUSMAN ARTIST MGMT

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    General CommentTHIS is THE Til Tuesday song. Much better than Voices Carry (IMHO). I don't know, somehow I think it's about young love. Possibly a first love. Maybe it was closer to being perfect than she realized at the time. Possibly the "ignorance is bliss" syndrome before the pitfalls of adulthood sink in. I suppose that's kind of an abstract meaning, not literal, but that's how it seems to me.

    This is a GREAT song and really the one that hooked me on Til Tuesday and Aimee Mann. Folksy, jangling acoustic guitars and that lead bass guitar. Aimee's vocal delivery has never been better - the way she pauses on words or sqeezes words into a phrase. Man, what a song.
    Digi-Gon June 22, 2006   Link

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