Here's Looking At You, Kid Lyrics - The Gaslight Anthem
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You can tell Gail, if she calls,
that I'm famous now for all of these rock and roll songs.
And even if that's a lie, she should've given me a try.
When were kids on the field of the first day of school.
I would've been her fool.
And I would've sang out her name in those old high school halls.
You tell that to Gail, if she calls.
And you can tell Jane, if she writes,
that I'm drunk off all these stars and all these crazy Hollywood nights.
That's total deceit, but she should've married me.
And tell her I spent every night of my youth on the floor,
bleeding out from all these wounds.
I would've gotten her a ride out of that town she despised.
You tell that to Janey, if she writes.
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that will cut you to ribbons sometimes.
And all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do.
You remind Anna, if she asks why,
that a thief stole my heart while she was making up her mind.
I heard she lives in Brooklyn with the cool,
goes crazy over that New York scene on 7th Avenue.
But I used to wait at the diner, a million nights without her,
praying she won't cancel again tonight.
And the waiter served my coffee with a consolation sigh.
You remind Anna, if she asks why.
Tell her it's all right.
You know it's hard to tell you this.
Oh it's hard to tell you this.
Here's looking at you, Kid.
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Simpler aspect | Reviewer: Nobody | 11/10/11
For me this song has always been a definition of never having a real chance. These relationships the singer describes never really were more than flings. Eventhough the narrator would've wanted more.
"And even if that's a lie, she should've given me a try."
"That's total deceit, but she should've married me."
"But I used to wait at the diner, a million nights without her,
praying she won't cancel again tonight."
describe this very well.
The bridge part is about how it sucks to be a dreamer type of guy (like me, meh) and it kind of sums up the whole dilemma:
"But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that will cut you to ribbons sometimes."
-First line is about how you cant fight your primitive instincts (i.e. finding someone attractive, falling in love etc.)and second about how it hurts when the person in question doesn't feel the same.
"And all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do."
- This line pair is about how the power is in the other persons hands when you're so in love you'd do anything. This goes pretty well together with the lines i mentioned in the beginning of this review. The narrator gave his everything but it wasnt enough.
Other interpretation I remember reading somewhere is that Brian Fallon actually wrote this piece about his 3 past relationships before meeting his wife. The first verse would obivously about his first crush. The second about teenage years, due to line: "I would've gotten her a ride out of that town she despised." Being kind of a cliche teenage dream of getting somewhere bigger place. Especially if you live in a countryside.
Connections to Brians personal life would explain the amazing feeling he manages to put in this piece. Truly an astounding song.
All the tragedies of love in 3 verses | Reviewer: Greg D. Van Gaya | 9/7/11
It's the absolute quintessential lost love song. This song doesn't leave things so resolved, it's about feeling lost or unresolved in the tragic loss of love. When you're not sure if you've given up on a Love, you want them still to want you, you want them to be able to be proud of you, to believe in the fame of your goodness, so that maybe, just maybe you could give it a go again (if it weren't so fucked up). You want all your dreams to be true, so you'll be more attractive and could go back to them honorably. It's about feeling alone in the world, even at a party or where-have-you, and the one who still keeps your heart isn’t there and won’t be there at the next party. You would give them your heart at this or the next party even if they may not keep it right, and you didn't keep their’s right. It's about feeling bad for hurting someone you love, and having to live with that, with yourself as you try to move on (even though you still want a way back to them, either through you mum, your sister, whoever, 'if she calls home, tell her what I don't have the right to say'). It's about holding on and all the myths you create for the grandeur of your commitment to them, because as messed up as it is/was, it was still profound and defines your heart, the very way you feel. It's about giving someone a thousand chances to choose you, but having it stolen away from both of you in the meantime. And so much more. This song just nails it. Maybe the best love song EVER. Here's looking at you kid, I feel has more to do with the fact that he stills spends lots of time with these lovers even though he can't talk with them, can’t just call them up out of the blue. It's the 'looking at you kid' when you walk away from a party you can't relate to... down to the beach to be with all the loves who maybe the moon will send a message to for you... 'Boys will be boys, and girls have those eyes' i.e., boys will fuck up a good thing, and girls will show you what you did, and it'll tare you to pieces for a long time to come - 'waiting by the moon'. Ya, this song encapsulates the lions share of the tragedy of love in 3 simple verses (and a couple bridges).
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