all the boys' voices cracking
oh, the moaning half tones
come summertime, we're all the same age here
all the tension and the terror
thin limbed gorgeous green eyes smiling
and i'm going straight to hell

all the possibility and promise just weighs on me so heavily

and i try but i'm not convincing
your lips, they pout and twist
and i die trying just to keep myself from kissing you.
you take in everything with a certainty i envy
it's somehow all i need
just keep me guessing please

darling, all of these awkward, jump-start, stalling conversations
mean much more to me than anything
it comes down to me and you
and whether we're supposed to or not, we still will
we're so much better off than them

all the possibility and promise just weighs on me so heavily...

a look
a laugh
a smile
a second passes by and i regret it
words just aren't right
sometimes i just can't explain
all the ways you devastate me
always on my mind

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    General Commentno i absolutely don't see it as a rape... goodness. i see it as a guy who is terribly in love with a girl who really doesn't know. he's nervous and it's the summer time and he's saying "we're all the same age here" so no one has to act more mature than anyone else. her lips pout and twist and he dies trying to keep himself from kissing her. that's beautiful!! maybe she has a boyfriend and he can't do anything. i would imagine that makes sense as to why he would be going straight to hell.. maybe the boyfriend is even a friend of his. but at the same time i think they're very good friends, only he has deeper more elaborate feelings for her than he has told.
    acoustictearon May 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYESS! FiRST ONE TO COMMENT!! This song Rocks my socks. beautiful, all i can say. That and this band rocks.
    holysweeton April 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a guy and a gal who broke up and it's for the best, and they know that, but there is still this part of both of them that wants things to be back to normal...

    im going through that right now. my gf and i just broke up, and it really is the best decision, we know that...but when we hang's so obvious that both of us want eachother, we just know it cant work...

    ...damn that sucks... good song, though... i fucking love this band... it's so obvious that john was the principle song-writer in taking back sunday..cause when you listen to straylight, you can just's like..a more mature, laid-back, taking back sunday + piano... i love it. really kinda dreading hearing tbs' new stuff this summer at warped, just cause i think it'll suck without john
    rocket_summeron April 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.
    "a look, a laugh, a smile, a second passes by and i regret it"
    wokeupinacaron April 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdo you ever wonder like... maybe it's about statutory rape or something.

    "we're all the same age here..."
    "and i'm going straight to hell"
    "die trying just to keep myself from kissing you"

    and i think "rocket_summer" got mixed up with "it's for the best..." because i don't know. haha.

    anyway, i'm probably wrong, but it was just an idea i got when i was listening to the song. i'm not saying john is a rapist.. i'm saying maybe he was 18 and she was like.. 15 or something. and since that's illegal in most states, yes.
    heartattackon May 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea, its gotta be about being with someone you know you cant be. you both want it, but you know its just a bad idea, people are gonna get hurt, especcially the couple. you know its for the best, but you wish it wasnt.
    borednesstakesoveron May 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti totally relate to that, awesome song, awesome band.
    Jonnyxxon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this could actually be about cheating on someone. "it comes down to me and you
    and whether we're supposed to or not, we still will" Which implies that he and this girl did mess around. So i think that line negates the good friends theory of them wanting to get together but how it would ruin things. "A second passes by and I regret it" Could be him regretting that he cheated on his girlfriend. Also the fact that he cheated would be legit reasoning for the "I'm going straight to hell." line.

    That is how i see it. YOu don't have to agree. so yeah.
    Emericanskateron May 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentholy crap this is exactly how i feel bout my best friend right now. i told her how i felt a few months ago. and there has been a lot of tension bt us. one minute things are great the next theres terror. and all the "possibilites and promise" weigh on me bc i know we could have something if wed just let ourselves. the summer time here refers to the fact that in the summer new things happen one should free themelves and try things they might not ordinarily. and about tkaing everything with a certainty. she does just that. she seems like she very much has her life figured out and knows her purpose. i can only envy that. and about devastating. this girl does that to me. and i cant explain to her how she does. and about the keeping me guessing. like i hate it while it happens but then its something i want when its not there god ive blown away she needs to hear this song. or maybe my band can cover it and ill sing. i normally play back up singer/rhytm guitar like john did in TBS. wow great grrrreat tune. gotta love john's sister singing backup
    hpw101on June 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit sounds like an elementary-school relationship where the kids are still too afraid to let the other know that they like them, I remember those days..., anyway, good song
    Running_On_Emptyon September 26, 2004   Link

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