"Anna Freud" as written by and Matthew Berninger Scott Devendorf....
Everyone is watching
But nobody is watching for you
I don't wanna turn it on
It only makes me sad for you

I know you can play piano
That was just a talent show
I've never known you like I know you
I never wanted you to go

You're on the rocks in a two piece suit
The dead location of the dying suit
You gave Lawrence a big salute

Texas brought them to their knees
Indiana pushes you on the stairs
Your independent declaration
Sounded too much like a prayer

But I'll wake up and wait there for you
I'll wait there for you

Anna Freud
No confidence in Anna
Anna Freud

Remember what they said to you
Everyone will know us now
We love you, babe, you make us proud
Don't come home without he crowd

Don't come back to long this town
We always knew you'd let us down
Don't come back without the crown

Anna Freud
No confidence in Anna
Anna Freud

But I'll wake up and wait there for you
I'll wait there for you

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"Anna Freud" as written by Matt Berninger Bryan Devendorf


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    My InterpretationThis song is about a girl from a small town who is trying to prove herself to the people around her by becoming a beauty queen and entering a Miss America type contest. She has a friend in her town who believes in her as she is but she can't get past the opinions of the strangers in her town that want to use her to get attention to themselves. They support her as long as she is on top but will abandon her if she fails. I think in the end she is defeated by the process and pressure, meanwhile the one person who believes in her and who's opinion probably matters the most is just left waiting.

    I love the line "your independent declaration sounded too much like a prayer". I think it sums up her outcome of failure. She spent her time and effort convincing herself that she can be what the people around her want but deep down her declarations to be a success are a prayer that she probably won't realize.

    As far as the title. It is a reference to Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud. Anna was instrumental in the field of child developmental psychology. I think the line "Anna Freud
    no confidence in Anna. In Anna Freud" refers to the fact that the girl in this song couldn't beat the psychology of her situation and how her environment had shaped her personality.
    jookyswedeon June 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLyrics correction (what is published here is a joke or something?):

    A dead location on a dying sea
    You gave Lawrence a full salute
    Antip0pon May 02, 2016   Link
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    General CommentLyrics correction continued:

    Don't come home without the crown
    Don't come back to Lawrence Town
    Antip0pon May 02, 2016   Link

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