"The One With The Tambourine" as written by Steven Joseph Lamos, Stephen Michael Holmes and Michael Thomas Kinsella....
Days, weeks, gauge years.
Always just enough time to lose the memories of spending 17 with you.
Those red strings: our insecurities.
How everything moves.


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"The One With the Tambourine" as written by Stephen Michael Holmes Michael Thomas Kinsella

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    General Commentamazing how such few lines could say everything. I wish I could take my 17 back.
    SuckerForEmoon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is supposed to be "one with the wurlitzer," isn't it?
    backupdorkon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentno, wurlitzer is an instrumental on the full length. this is the first song on their ep. this song is awesome, like everything american football did.
    sean7711on May 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat does the line "those red strings: our insecurities" mean? are red strings metaphors for what??
    sean7711on July 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti have no idea what the red strings line means. it might just be a totally personal thing that only him and one other person understand. i'd like to know though
    drewplaysrockon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Comment> "those red strings: our insecurities"

    Until i just listened to that line really closely, I was sure it was:
    "Those red streaks... are insecurities"

    I interpreted the 'red streaks' like scratches, wounds. It made sense to me that way.

    But listening closely, it -is- definitely "strings." But I think "are" would work just as well if not better, than "our" in the sentence. Does anyone own an album with official lyrics so we can be sure?
    dgpon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfirst id like to say, this song is fucking amazing. my favorite song in fact.
    second id just like to state that american football is better than owen, though theyre both amazing. too bad mike kinsella's a douchebag to his fans.
    3rd i dont think anyone will ever know the meaning of this song, its too personal.
    xdrewxon December 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttambourines normally have red ribbons or something. sorry if im just confusing more people.
    wordsofamutemanon June 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentif the lyrics are 'red strings' it could be friendship bracelets
    mikematyuson August 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentor maybe the red strings are the veins..
    SyntaxFreeon May 27, 2008   Link

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