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The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You Meaning


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I and Love and You Lyrics

Load the car and write the note
Grab your bag and grab your coat
Tell the ones that need to know
We are headed north

One foot in and one foot back
But it don't pay, to live like that
So i cut the ties and i jumped the tracks
For never to...


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    May 24th, 2013 5:36pm report

    This is a song about growing up and leaving home.

    "One foot in and one foot back
    But it don't pay, to live like that
    So i cut the ties and i jumped the tracks
    For never to return" - Here they talk about being stuck between childhood and adulthood, and subsequently taking the final step forward.

    "When at first I learned to speak
    I used all my words to fight
    With him and her and you and me
    Oh but its just a waste of time
    Yeah its such a waste of time" - Here they talk about the friction that they had with their parents, and need to end that dynamic.

    "That woman shes got eyes that shine
    Like a pair of stolen polished dimes
    She asked to dance I said it's fine
    I'll see you in the morning time" - The woman seems to be New York, or the Statue of Liberty. The 'dancing' is getting to know the city, which they plan on staying in.

    "Three words that became hard to say
    I and love and you
    What you were then, I am today
    Look at the things I do" - Again, talking about the strain in the relationship with their parents. Also pointing out that they are similar people.

    "Dumbed down and numbed by time and age
    Your dreams to catch the world, the cage
    The highway sets the travelers stage
    All exits look the same" - This seems to say that though their parents used to be like them, they've changed, and tried to force their own dreams onto their children. As the children begin their journey into adulthood, they aren't sure where it will take them.

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