You say you want to go there,
Ride then-
I did- and I loved it-
Say you don't want to be here,
Leave then-
Time comes , to get gone
Say good morning to another set
Of creature
My dear, I'm gone-she said-

You want to go for a ride?
I got sixteen hours to burn
And i'm gonna stay up all night-

Tell your mama fever come
Back again
Look what you started-
And break it eazy to your boyfriend
She said-
You want to go for a ride?
I got thirteen hours to burn
And i'm gonna stay up all night

She said-she said
You want to go for a ride?
I got no more money to burn
And i'm gonna stay up all night-



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"Teenage Wristband" as written by Greg Dulli

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    General CommentLet me start by saying, I hate it when everyone thinks every song is about drugs, but this is Greg Dulli/Twilight Singers. So yeah, they ARE mostly all about drugs. haha

    I can't believe that drugs have hardly been mentioned in regards to this song. TFU is like the only one who even grazed the surface.

    I see the whole teenager thing people keep talking about, but i think it mostly comes from the title which may have been due to conscious homage, or it was an afterthought, due to the subtle similarity.

    I think the whole song could be taken 2 ways, with or without drugs. May be a attributed to Dulli's brilliance, or maybe i just think too much.

    'You say you wanna go there,
    Ride then-
    I did- and I loved it-
    Say you don't wanna be here,
    Leave then-
    Time comes , to get gone
    Say good morning to another set
    Of creature
    My dear, I'm gone-she said-'

    Could be someone is wanting to getaway from their life for a while, go somewhere new. Dulli's been there and enjoyed it. He's encouraging her to go, have fun, and meet some new people, blah, blah, blah.

    On the other hand, "go there" does not necessarily mean, any actual travel will take place, nor does "get gone" or "go for a ride." The later quote and "ride then" could be referring to riding the white horse, riding the snake, or if you are a Cheech and Chong or Primus fan, riding on the hamburger train. "Another set of creature" could refer to the change in personality this girl will face after her night of heavy drug use or the type of people she'll awaken to.

    'Tell your mama fever come
    Back again
    Look what you started-
    And break it eazy to your boyfriend'

    "Fever come back again" could be a thirst for adventure. And if she leaves she'll have to tell her boyfriend she's going or gone, and possibly getting busy with Dulli.

    Then again, the fever could be drug addiction, and her boyfriend may be trying to keep her clean. And trying to keep her from getting with Dulli. haha.

    "Gonna stay up all night," definitely has a teenage vibe, probably the winning argument for the 1st theory.

    "Gonna stay up all night." likewise, is the winning argument for the second theory. Not sure about heroin, but most drugs will keep you up all night. "Hours/Money to burn" is yet another argument in favor of drug song.

    Sorry to burst any bubbles, and you'll probably think I'm crazy, but it's the Twilight Singers. Maybe I'm just looking for the drug references, but come on, it's too easy ;p
    acre43on August 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's incredible that The Twilight Singers have so few comments! And - my God - this song is so great. Please share your view on this song.
    RemyZeroon May 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone else getting a slight hint of the who's 'baba o'reilly'? ('teenage wasteland' and all that?) i dont know, the piano intro reminded me of it today...
    .powersuitinsnow.on May 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*o'riley, sorry!
    .powersuitinsnow.on May 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought this was about the singer (Dulli himself, or maybe just a persona) reliving or remembering being young. The 'teenage wristband' is something that reminds him of the girl or incident, it could scars, or track marks or anything I guess.
    TFUon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song should have been a major single. I guess that's what makes Dulli and the Twilights so cool. Great music, with only limited exposure. It's kind of a shame - but it makes the live shows so much more fun.
    baltic_aveon December 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti really like this song, i think its just about having fun as a teenager, sneaking out (tell your mama fever come back again) Also i guess the girl he's talking to in the song has a boyfriend and she has to end things with him so Dulli and her can be together. (break it easy to your boyfriend)
    musicgirl429on December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe intro is based on Baba O'Reilly. A phenomenal song that few will ever hear.
    bafflewiton July 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the opening is closer to Vanessa Carlton's "1000 Miles" than "Baba O'Riley," but a good song nonetheless despite a bad mixing job.
    mwahahaaon August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBad Mixing Job? WTF?!?
    The mix is brilliant - it's so full, every percussion hit is audible, the bass is not overly intrusive (unless your ears are totally shot and you can't hear bass anymore, in which case: your loss, idiot), all the little bits that you can hear if you just listen.
    Nothing wrong at all with it.

    And as it's called "Teenage Wristband", which is very similar to "Baba O'Riley's" AKA of "Teenage Wasteland", I'd say it was either generated in a similar way or inspired.

    Great song however. Just sounds like making the most of life and to change things that are bothering you.
    xdvron September 11, 2007   Link

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