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Great Lakes/Great Escapes

The Lawrence Arms

Great Lakes/Great Escapes Lyrics

[Verse #1]
I scratched my name into the table
The knife and phone just fucking lay there
I orchestrate a day of routine elements
These letters are are so old and faded


[Chorus]
And in the end we'll burn in history
I'll take a chance and fall in love tonight
I'm lost and found. So lost again
I wonder as I'm wandering

[Verse #2]
I used to paint myself with sentiment
But all my colors always turn to gray
I spent the night out on the wire again
But I wasn't looking for a savior

[Chorus]
And in the end we'll burn in history
I'll take a chance and fall in love tonight
I'm lost and found. So lost again
I don't worry when I'm wandering

[Bridge]
Great Lake - I don't need a Great Escape
Tonight, I've got this city on my side

[Chorus]
And in the end we'll burn in history
Yeah, I could fall in love with her tonight
I'm lost and found. So lost again
Nothing to do but keep on wandering

[Outro]
We can live with our mistakes
All my friends are going out tonight
And I can't sit here just waiting for another day to die
Fuck all this ancient history (x3)

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About “Great Lakes/Great Escapes”

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In this song, the narrator is “wandering” around his neighborhood, weighing feelings of isolation and the meaninglessness of his existence against a desire to enjoy his life while he still has the chance- if only for one night, even. The real emotional crux of this song is this constant vacillation between hope and hopelessness, (“I’m lost and found/ So lost again”) never settling on one or the other but rather swaying in a sort of trepidatiously hopeful limbo. While he seems to be crippled by the notion that “in the end we’ll burn in history”, banished to oblivion by death and the implacable forward march of time, he also cannot seem to resist the temptation to “take a chance and fall in love tonight”. This is a poignant vignette of a man who probably spends quite a lot of time indoors, depressed and worrying, but is feeling a little blossom of hope in his chest as he walks the streets of Chicago. For those who struggle with depression, these moments can be life-saving- it’s not pure and total happiness, but it’s something.