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The Hold Steady – Emo’s, March 27th – Austin
Wednesday March 26th 2008, 6:05 pm
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the hold steady stuck between stations
Playing Emo’s, March 27th with Zykos & Moonlight Towers.

Here’s one of The Hold Steady’s most popular songs. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of an American poet with a drinking problem, caused by other problems, which led him to take those problems into his own hands- which ironically mimicked something that may have been the source of all of his problems in the first place.

He likes the warm feeling but he’s tired of all the dehydration. Most nights were kind of fuzzy but that last night he had total retention.

The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
from Boys and Girls in America, 2006

The Hold Steady Stuck Between Stations Lyrics
There are nights when I think that Sal Paradise was right.
Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together.
Sucking off each other at the demonstrations.
Making sure their makeup’s straight.
Crushing one another with colossal expectations.
Dependent, undisciplined, sleeping late.

She was a really cool kisser and she wasn’t all that strict of a Christian.
She was a damn good dancer but she wasn’t all that great of a girlfriend.
He likes the warm feeling but he’s tired of all the dehydration.
Most nights were crystal clear but tonight it’s like it’s stuck between stations
on the radio.

The devil and John Berryman took a walk together
they ended up on Washington talking to the river
he said “I surrounded myself with doctors and deep thinkers
but big heads with soft bodies make for lousy lovers”.

There was that night that we thought that John Berryman could fly.
But he didn’t so he died. She said “you’re pretty good with words but words won’t save your life” and they didn’t so he died. *

He was drunk and exhausted but he was critically acclaimed and respected.
He loved the golden gophers but he hated all the drawn out winters.
He likes the warm feeling but he’s tired of all the dehydration.
Most nights were kind of fuzzy but that last night he had total retention.

These twin city kisses.
Sound like clicks and hisses.
and we all come down and drown in the Mississippi river.
We drink
we dry up.
We crumble into dust.
We get wet
we corrode
we get covered in rust.

*“Berryman’s life was dominated by suicide. In 1926, when the poet was twelve, his father, John Smith, a banker in Minneapolis shot himself. The vision of his father’s suicide haunted John Berryman’s poetic imagination, and the subject is addressed indirectly in the Dream Songs several times and directly once, where the poet wishes that he could kill the corpse of his father. In 1972, Berryman’s depression led him to follow the example of his father and to kill himself by jumping from the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He missed the water and died, not by drowning or trauma, but by smothering.” -Wikepedia


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