as far as this winter goes we don't feel the deep snow but it's cold wherever i go, it feels cold wherever i go. the smell of the heater core warms up the cold car as we climp the hand north. the sound of the northern air warns us it's too far but it's a risk, we must care it's a bridge we must bear. the sight of your face again completes the long drive one of the four reasons why it feels whole to be alive. brother gone north please come home to stay brother gone north, make this a holiday.

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    General Commentthis song reminds me of walking to school one day in the woods and playing this song on repeat. it is so beautiful and the ending is perfect, this and 'i will bury you in me' are my two favorite sbb songs because of how perfectly they end the albums. when they came to chapel hill, this was the last song they played. unfortunately the drummer's hands were too sweaty to do the pretty & drawn out ending.
    pearlysaraon July 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commenteverytime i hear this song, i think of a movie, where a guy is getting ready to leave his house in the snow, walks out to his barn where he keeps his old ass car, gets in, and starts driving along the highway, trees and forest on one side, then the road, then a short western style fence and a field of dead wheet on the other side, and he's driving and driving, then pulls up to a cabin with some smoke coming out of the chimney, and some girl walks out in a red sweater, and he walks up, they hug, and he goes inside.

    i get that impression, although it says "brother gone north" so its probably about family rather than some girl, but ya know. its imagination.

    HellionChildon October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is about Mike Reed's (guitar/lead vocals) brother Ben (Bassist) when Ben went off to college a little bit aways from where Mike was living. Mike said (in an interview) that he was scared to show the band the lyrics because it was so emotional.
    clc86on January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI was told this was written after Small Brown Bike did a WMTU show at Michigan Tech. Last post makes more sense though. Either way:
    phaty4on May 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor those of you not familiar with Michigan: the "hand" is Michigan, the "bridge" is the Mackinac Bridge, and they're going to see Ben, who went to school in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) before returning to Lansing. Mike mentioned at one WMTU show that the "Holiday" part of the song came from the numerous Holiday gas stations in the U.P.
    jmdennisyourfaceon June 09, 2005   Link

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