One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
Catching rides to the outskirts tying faith between our teeth
Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house getting wasted in the heat
And hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat
Running for our lives at night on them backstreets

Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
Where desperate lovers park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
Huddled in our cars waiting for the bells that ring
In the deep heart of the night to set us loose from everything
to go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
We swore we'd live forever on the backstreets we take it together

Endless juke joints and Valentino drag where dancers scraped the tears
Up off the street dressed down in rags running into the darkness
Some hurt bad some really dying at night sometimes it seemed
You could hear the whole damn city crying blame it on the lies that killed us
Blame it on the truth that ran us down you can blame it all on me Terry
It don't matter to me now when the breakdown hit at midnight
There was nothing left to say but I hated him and I hated you when you went away

Laying here in the dark you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk like heroes we thought we had to be
And after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess
To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
We swore forever friends on the backstreets until the end
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets


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    My InterpretationIt's all there. This song isn't just about "Terry." It's about a significant other and a good friend. You can think of those persons as two "loves."

    "...I hated him and I hated you when you went away."

    This song jumps between those two persons (back and forth).

    There's more clues about the significant other sleeping with the good friend (linking everyone together):

    "Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
    Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see"

    It references a moment between a significant other and being unfaithful. Immediately after, he jumps to thinking about the good times with the good friend...betrayal, hurt, and then remembering the good - both are "gone."

    Additionally, "backstreets" implies something out of sight and hidden - secret affair. It also implies a special relationship between him and his good friend, which the girl wasn't a part of- eventually, she wanted that link to his good friend....and, she did.

    Cheers

    Dom
    Dom9360on March 27, 2010   Link

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