the land's opening up like a blanket,
and the dandelions spread themselves thickly out
along the fields, which are, evidently, endless;
and we are hotly in love with one another.
we've got an unquenchable thirst in our throats.
we are, for some reason, all the time, bleeding,
and we are friendless.

and we love these dogs that roll on the lawns here in galesburg --
because they seem to know something nobody else knows.
it is written in the smiles on their faces,
and it rings in their high young voices
we are burning up all of our choices up here
where the tall grass grows, up here in galesburg.

the sky's opening up like an old wound,
and the rain on our bodies is warm tonight
and the ground underneath us shakes in the cracking thunder.
we can taste fresh blood in our mouths again:
there is no chance of getting enough of it,
and we tally up all our possessions, we're going under.

but we love these dogs that loll in the rain here in galesburg
as the new season rocks them in its terrible arms.
yeah they howl as though the world were ending,
and we are watching the sky unwinding
and some of our promises were binding up here where our dreams take form
up here in galesburg.

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Weekend in Western Illinois song meanings
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    General CommentThis song at first seems like a simple love song.

    But i (and i'm not sure i can give my reasons for it just the impression i get) feel its about a couple who decides to go away for one last incredible weekend together knowing that if they do it will hi-light all the things wrong with their relationship normaly and they will end up splitting after it. But they do it anyway in an Achilles like way of choosing a small amount of glory over a large amount of nothing.

    Actualy i can give some reasons. "We can taste fresh blood in our mouths again" they can taste the violent passion they used to have "there is no chance of getting enough of it" they know it won't last past this weekend. "we tally up all our possesions, were going under" fairly self explanetory they prepare for the end.

    And finaly "some of our promises were binding up here where our dreams take form" they still have love for each other and this weekend allows this love to take its final form before they split.

    I didnt intend to write that much and i feel i realy could write more but it would just be rambling
    but this song is realy incredible.
    tomStrangeloveon February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've been to Galesburg any number of times, and this song is still a favorite to play upon arriving.

    It strikes me as more of a testament to the town than any sort of love story.
    Sussexon July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI entirely disagree with tomStrangelove. It's about a couple abandoning everything for each other, who see themselves in the dogs that howl for joy in the new season's storms.

    Some other thoughts:

    There's a lot about springtime fertility in this song.

    I think it should be taken closely with the previous song on the album, "Twin Human Highway Flares," which is about a young couple very much in love traveling from Iowa "into western Illinois."

    I wonder if Galesburg was chosen because its name evokes storms, gales. Or perhaps the city's present unfortunate condition is a good backdrop to the couple and the dogs.

    And how can you hear the line "and some of our promises were binding up here where our dreams take form" and not be incredibly envious?
    dd42on December 12, 2008   Link

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