When I was younger, a part-time job worker
Department store center, I saw a man enter
He was middle-aged, deep lines on his face
Tight mouth and eyes glazed
Eyelids just half-raised

And I looked at him, he looked at me
He looked so sad, I had to see
What did he want, what could it be
What had he been through before me seeing him
In the store I worked for that year, that year

Ice skates he asked for, in the middle of summer
He wanted a good pair, the price he did not care
I looked for his size, our best pair he tried
Custom back and sides, excitement in his eyes

I asked are you a pro, he looked sad and said no
These skates are my last hope
Without them I cannot cope

And he said my wife, she drowned this summer
Behind our house, the river took her
I cannot swim, I need to find her
I will wait till it freezes over

And then I will skate, as far as it takes
I will skate as far as it takes, to bring her back home
To bring her back home, to bring her back home
Back home

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Skates Lyrics as written by Paul Hayden Desser

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    It's horribly sad, but that's what makes it so good.

    crazymoseson April 19, 2002   Link
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    woah. that gave me chills reading these lyrics. I am going to go listen to the song. so sad

    Supergirlon April 10, 2003   Link
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    I think this song is the saddest song I've ever seen played live. sigh I suggest not having a knife handy while you listen.

    popnoiron July 04, 2003   Link
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    when did he last play it live? apparently he doesn't play it anymore, which sucks, because i bet this is such a sweet song live. The meaning is pretty straight forward, don't think anyone needs to dwell on some deep interpretations here.

    jfrancison December 15, 2004   Link
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    I think this song is corny and stupid.

    poolshark711on March 19, 2005   Link
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    haha this song is amazing. the lyrics mainly, i wish he didnt use that douchey radio alternative breakdown voice, but its all good. i get over it, cos all together its an awesome song. and he just isnt 'that guy'

    toothbrusheron January 13, 2009   Link

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