Remember that New Year’s Eve
We were frightened by a firework?
You could not believe the fuss I made
I should have laughed it off
I should have left it lying
I did not receive much sympathy

Remember that we were poor
Though so young as not to notice
We could ill-afford to paint the town
You had your father’s charm
And thus your mother’s Volvo
It wasn’t long before you drove me home

It took until October
To win you over

Remember that New Year’s Eve
We were frightened by a firework?
When I’d watched you leave, the fuss I made
I made myself calm down
And I made myself a promise:
I would not conceive of taking no for an answer

Though you kept me guessing and your distance
Were it not for my persistence
We would never have been lovers
You kept your distance and me guessing
Finally acquiescing only after I’d discovered
You kept the things I sent you
The lengths I went to

Great lengths...

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    General CommentA delightful pop gem about the virtues of persistance and self-awareness from a woefully underappreciated band. Also perhaps the best and most seamless mention of a Volvo in pop history...
    sean mcseanon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree. They managed to rhyme the words "guessing" and "acquiescing" without it sounding pretentious or forced. If that isn't pop song-writing brilliance, I don't know what is.
    I've never understood why people don't seem to catch on to these guys. They're delightful.
    JeSuisBienCaleeon April 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHis voice just makes it amazing, it just draws you in until you arent sure if its him or the song that you're in love with! "I would not conceive of taking no for an answer"
    donnarellaon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhen this song first came out I was 18 years old. I liked it for the melody and the cleverness of the lyrics and of course the beautiful vocals (a mainstay of all Lucksmiths songs). But I didn't really connect to it on a deeper level. Now it's nine years later and I get it. Relationships don't always come easy, even when you both care about each other. The meaning of this one is obvious; it doesn't take any special intellect to interpret it. But it does take the experience of complexity of relationships and love and people in general to actually understand why this song is so perfect.

    One of the greatest things about The Lucksmiths is that you believe every story in every song of theirs. You believe that all these things really happened. Maybe this one did. Maybe it didn't. It doesn't matter. The critical point is that Marty writes with painful, beautiful accuracy about experiences that so many of us have, and he does so in a way peppered with believable details and perfectly human nuances. It's bloody great.
    xanyaon November 25, 2014   Link

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