Wait 'til the day says it's closing
And public is put away
Write by the light of a pay phone
Your list of "I meant to say"

Like "Winter comes too soon"
Or "Radiators hum out of tune"

Out under the Disraeli
With rusty train track ties
We'll carve new streets and sidewalks
A city for small lives

And say that we'll stay for one more year

Wait near the end of September
Wait for some stars to show
Try so hard not to remember
What all empty playgrounds know

That sympathy is cruel
Reluctant jester or simpering fool

But six feet off the highway
Our bare legs stung with wheat
We'll dig a hole and bury
All we could not defeat

And say that we'll stay for one more year

Bend to tie a shoelace
Or bend against your fear
And say that you'll stay for one more year

With so much left to seek
The lease runs out next week

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    General Comment"the Disraeli" is another winnipeg reference that JKS seems to throw into a lot of songs. Is a big double bridge that connects Henderson Hwy to Main Street. Runs over the river and then a couple train tracks which he mentions in the same verse. The tracks border on the North End which is poorer part of winnipeg. ( Same North End that JKS mentions dieing in "One Great City"). My guess is he has his personal ties to the area. I live in winnipeg so when he mentions stuff like this, it just makes the songs that much more personal.
    theundefeatedon November 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely one of their most underrated ones. It is so amazingly beautiful. People write this one off because they're too busy listening to "Left and Leaving" and "Aside." Shame on you people.
    arenon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentfallow = intelligance, fallow = beauty

    aren was right, this song is way to underrated.
    spark_rain_fireon August 26, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Wait until the day says it's closing, and public is put away. Write by the light of a pay phone your list of "I meant to say". "

    This song starts out beautiful, and ends the exact same way. The Weakerthans are wonderful.
    thursdayisthecureon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI probably heard the weakerthans for the first time a little over a year ago. I didn't really "discover" this song until maybe four months ago. all I can say is "wow."

    the feeling of uneasiness, unrest. oh my gosh. this is an example of what all music shoudl be. you can't put your finger on the emotion, but you know you've felt it before.
    catherinekson March 31, 2003   Link
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    General Commentdoesn't it feel like it's snowing?
    right til the end it feels like the first snow of the season
    then i see a field covered in snow
    serial7on June 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite Weakerthans song, and I love all of them big bunches. I think it's the hope in the last verse, that there's all this sadness and unease and bitter nostalgia - then there's these sort of sweetly hopefull lines ("But 6 ft off the highway, our bare legs stung with wheat, we'll dig a hole and bury all we could not defeat") and they just break my heart.
    chaordicon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"But six feet off the highway, our bare legs stung with wheat, we'll dig a hole and bury all we could not defeat, and say that we'll stay for one more year."

    this line reminds me of my best friend and i, our long drives into the swamps and backwoods of florida, and how we talk about all the things we want, and how life makes our plans for us in the end. i love this song.
    versustheseaon December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIm surprised no one brough up the Disraeli reference. Disraeli was the father of the conservative party. Which is way at the right side of the political spectrum. So I think that Disraeli is a Metaphor for traditional values.
    bakoon August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually "the Disraeli" probably refers to the Disraeli Freeway in Winnipeg. Just a thought.
    BeatOnTheBraton April 13, 2008   Link

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