""45"" as written by and Brian / Fallon....
Have you seen my hands
Just look at 'em shake
And the song just keeps on repeating
Drop the needle again
And I dance with your ghost
Oh, but that ain't the way
I can't move on and I can't stay the same

And all my friends say

Hey hey, turn the record over
Hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip side
There you go, turn the key and engine over
Let 'er go, let somebody else lay at her feet

But have you seen my heart
Have you seen how it bleeds
And the nights are so long, baby
Out here in the deep
The tick, ticking of hours, lonely
I hear the alarm
I used to hear when she would sleep in my arms

But better sense says

Hey hey, turn the record over
Hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip side
There you go, turn the key and engine over
Let 'er go, let somebody else lay at her feet

And all my friends say
Hey hey, turn the record over
Hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip side
There you go, turn the key and engine over
Let 'er go, let somebody else lay at her feet

Where you used to be
Where you used to be
Where you used to be here with me


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"45" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General CommentLong live The Gaslight Anthem.

    They seem to want to be the last Rock N' Roll Band left standing on Earth, and from this song I believe they could be. The energy and emotion of this song is amazing, so palpable. The character of the guitar work reminds me of "Hey Jealousy"; the hook, just as memorable.

    The content is a tired old story about trying to let go of a girl, but it still comes alive through the fine musicianship. (Some things never get old.)

    The whole idea of dropping a needle on a 45 record draws on the past, then changing it up by playing the flip-side. So the title also complements the message, turning over a new leaf...

    ...or something seething underneath the surface.
    davidecoyoteon June 02, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Better Sense" is clearly a Hot Water Music reference. Love it.
    squaremileon July 23, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song and I am in the minority here on the meaning. The obvious interpretation is about a girl, but I can't help but catch the first first "Drop the Needle Again".

    This song could easily be about a recovering heroin addict. What happens during with drawl from heroin? There hands shake and he's telling himself, drop the needle again. dance with your ghost, perhaps he lost a friend who OD'd, and he knows he cant' stay the same (an addict) but he also can't leave it.

    Turn the record over is just another way of saying you gotta change, you gotta do something new.

    I do think Brian has the intent of this basically being about a girl, but that is the beauty of lyrics, you can interpret it the way you want.

    I've ever interpreted it as his friends are sick of him playing the same song over and over again!! I've done that and people are like, aren't you sick of this song yet!!!!
    Nickel IIon August 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE this song and band. This is an amazing single that can really boost Gaslight into mainstream popularity. The lyrics are deep and it has an amazing upbeat rock n'roll energy to it...I dub it the Gaslight sound! This song speaks to me on so many levels especially with the past relationships and breakups that I've been through and learning to let go of ex's or girls that messed with my heart/emotions.
    Gawesomeon May 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationthis song is from the point of view of someone who has just come out of a bad relationship and this is what he wants to say to his ex, basically ' have you seen what you've done to me?' and even thought his friends and his 'better sense' is telling him to move on he just cant.
    Gaslight45on September 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti ran to post the lyrics for this and i'm like a day late,aha.
    samjosiahon May 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI guess this song is about a past or current relationship which isn't doing any good to the narrator

    ("But have you seen my heart?
    Have you seen how it bleeds?
    And the nights are so long baby
    Out here in the deep")

    So what he's doing is he listens to his favourite artists/records (He refers to them as "All my friends", maybe the only ones who are left) on vinyl ("Drop the needle again", "Turn the record over") which obviously tell him to let her go and to "let somebody else lay at her feet".
    seabirdon May 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely love these guys. Every song is fantastic! And it's helpful that they're from New Brunswick and thats where i go to school, and Brian Fallon lives in the Red Bank area and so do I!
    Quitered91on April 30, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti mean...this band is amazing. nuff said. can do no wrong in my eyes.

    this song is a turning point for these guys, and Brian in particular. these past albums, most if not all his songs have been about a girl (Maria or Virginia or what have you).

    but now he's telling himself to let her go. to turn the record over. to turn the key and engine over and leave and let somebody else lay at her feet.

    "Have you seen my hands?
    Just look at 'em shake
    And the song just keeps on repeating
    Drop the needle again

    And I danced with your ghost
    Oh, but that ain't the way
    I can't move on and I can't stay the same"

    frustration. longing to get over her and get on with life.

    it's a powerful, powerful song, simple in its delivery and as i said, really important in terms of Brian's songwriting.
    keeganrhon May 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSo i get this emails and was mad i couldn't make the trip to jersey to be in this video. that said this song is amazing. it makes me happy that gaslight is moving away from their american slang sound (which wasn't that great) and back to their senior and the queen sound (which are 4 of the best songs ever).

    The song is clearly about him trying to get over a girl. It is about being locked in your room singing along to your favorite songs. it reminds me of eve 6's open road song, where he pours his heart out to the radio.

    At first he is trying to express his pain "Have you seen my hands? Just look at 'em shake". But then he plays the song again and talks to it. He says that he tried to get back with her "And I danced with your ghost, Oh, but that ain't the way, I can't move on and I can't stay the same".

    As already stated his "friends" are the 45 records. They tell him to move on. So it is his struggle between wanting to get back with her and his better sense "I used to hear when she would sleep in my arms
    But "better sense" says:"

    Over all great song. Totally back to the gaslight sound we all fell in love with.
    lovenightandrockon June 12, 2012   Link

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