There is no need to throw your arms around
And there is no need to ask unless there is some doubt
If you are comfortable with two feet on the ground
You don't need wings now
Have you set down your course or are you out of control, my dear?
Are you accidentally part of some involuntary movement here?
We thought we knew it so well we could do it with our arms tied behind our backs
And our eyes shut tight
I thought I knew it so well I could stop
So I stopped and we can't start again
Stand under the hole in your roof
Let the rain come in and fall down on your head
It's a simple joy you can bring upon yourself
It's a simple something new, something else
Trees stand in a perfect line
Trees stand at attention
Not much time has passed
But already she likes concrete better than grass
And I don't think we'll last
So I stare up at the sky and it hurts my eyes
Maybe I'll go blind
Maybe all I'll see is, all I'll see is sunshine
Just trying to sound
I'm not trying to sound
I don't wanna sound like this
You're the last day of april every year
You're grey, feeling for something anything, you can't have
Oversize, owning the road
Pulled by a current, tossed over in the wind
You focus your sights and try
To stare up at the sky
And it hurts your eyes
Maybe you'll go blind
Or maybe all you'll see is, all you'll see is sunshine
Walk in a straight line
You waste energy in the daytime
You know exactly what you're doing, doing

Lyrics submitted by davewoody

Pinstripe Lyrics as written by Julian Matthew Carroll Clint Wesley Hyndman

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    General CommentWake up to this song every day, you'll be a better person.
    It's all about (I believe) the simplicities of life, and how we should all pay more attention to them and not forget what life is all about.
    I think the 'she' in this song, is the human race.

    BTW, this version of the song can be found on the Electricity single (i think)
    davewoodyon March 08, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"you're the last day of april every year" is a referance to the old calander when april had 31 days but now has 30. It's a referance to something lost that can never be gotten back. I love it! beautiful song. not a word out of place
    Dean Martinon April 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsaying give up all the pleasures in life and simply be as you are, once you see that, you'll find that everything is perfect and just where it should be....beautiful...just beautiful...
    phreak_on_a_leashon May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is the ultimate chill song
    Bulkyoneon July 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThings could be bad, but if you take the time to look around you, life can be wondrous and exciting, a beautifu mixture of events that shape our lives. When I picture this song, I picture myself driving in a car with the top down, driving along the Australian coastline with a person I care deeply for. Simply sublime...
    Grimsonon September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI like this song, it's quite long though, over 5 minutes I think.
    chocol8_k8on March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentdude, 5 minutes is nothing :P
    Grimsonon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is just an amazing song, paul has a great voice and sings wiht such passion and meaning. the acoustic is better than the original from "eslewhere" however when played live with a full band it sounds just awesome and the whole crowd always sings along.
    it seems to be about decisions in life, maybe things will change, "maybe ill go blind", but "maybe all i will see is sunshine". These lines suggest it is quiet an optomistic song, trying to look on the brighter side of every decision made. Things happen, he just accepts these and gets on with his life.
    Timmon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentokay, I had a thought about this. Just listening to it and then trying to connect it to the title, could it possibly be referring to a prisoner? Ya know, prisoner uniforms were once referred to as pinstripes, and several things in this remind me of a sort of prisoner moitf (concrete, walk in a straight line, no need to throw your arms around). If not a direct song about prison, perhaps it is more indirectly about wanting freedom, or something like that.
    Grimsonon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me its definately about the deminishing, detiorating relationship. It speaks of someone who is gradually falling out of of love, and feels as if they have no control over their emotions - "are you accidentally part of Some involuntary movement here?".

    Both in the relationship thought it was strong enough, and simply stopped putting in effort. "We could do it with our arms Tied behind our backs". It continues to describe the inability to feel for a once blooming relationship -"So i stopped and i can't...Can't start again"

    The rain pouring down, being symbolic of tears shed over a disintergrating relationship - and being described as a simple joy - a simple way to relieve ones self of tension, anger, saddness - or any negative emotion. If you follow the "hole in your roof" metaphor further, the image of the same person, standing beneath the spot where once he had been crying, and now seeing sunshine; seems to suggest the person is considering leaving, ignoring the problem - simply being happy.

    Come to think of it, haven't we all had a relationship like this? haha.
    mildewmatton June 05, 2005   Link

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