Train: Save Me, San Francisco Meaning
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Save Me, San Francisco Lyrics
Till I made some tender coin
Then I met some ladies from Marin
We took the highway to the One
Up the coast to catch some sun
They left me with this blisters on my skin.
Don't know what I was on, but I think it grows...
anonymous Jul 4th 2012, 15:21 report
I just love the song as much as I love that city.
It describes the city in a ver nostalgic way and Im allowed to say that even when is your choice to leave your hometown you are always gonna call it "home" and its gonna be stuck in your heart with all the good things and the bad things that might have been the ones that made you go away.
anonymous Jul 3rd 2011, 04:13 report
This song is basically a love letter from the band to their home city, San Francisco. The first verse mentions the Tenderloin, which is a rather seedy neighborhood in SF, yet the singer loves it anyways. But he becomes distracted by some girls from the posh northern city of Marin (symbolic of the band's rise to fame, which caused them to leave their city and even break up for a time) and leaves with them, resulting in blisters (symbolic of the pain he will eventually feel on leaving his city)
The second verse says he's high on pot ("grows in Oregon"), causing him to become dreamy and continue going further to Seattle, where he falls in love and stays (*in real life, Train moved to Seattle for 5 years after fame; during this time, difficulties arose within the band).
The chorus is basically an affirmation of the good and bad times of Seattle, ("high" and "low", "yes" and "no", "reggae and calypso", etc) and the question of whether San Francisco can save them.
Next two verses has more nostalgia: the trademark coffee of Seattle vs the iconic Golden Gate Bridge of SF, the culture of the musical Fillmore district in SF cannot be found in Seattle (*now Train realizes 5 years in Seattle has been too much, and it's time to return home). The infamous Alcatraz prison is mentioned, along with Merlot wine, which is grown in the Napa Valley just north of San Francisco, and the iconic SF cable cars.
"To tell you the truth I miss everything" is literally the point of the song--they have been gone too long from home. The "wide-eyed girl" is probably symbolic of the city.
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