A Song About Wanting To Be Wherever You’re Not

Just now easing into Phoebe Bridgers’ new one, which came out in June. She’s the real deal. Sorry (not sorry) for all the lyrics lately.

Day off in Kyoto
Got bored at the temple
Looked around at the 7-Eleven
The band took the speed train
Went to the arcade
I wanted to go, but I didn’t
You called me from a payphone
They still got payphones
It cost a dollar a minute
To tell me you’re getting sober
And you wrote me a letter
But I don’t have to read it

I’m gonna kill you
If you don’t beat me to it
Dreaming through Tokyo skies
I wanted to see the world
Then I flew over the ocean
And I changed my mind

Sunset’s been a freak show
On the weekend, so
I’ve been driving out to the suburbs
To park at the Goodwill
And stare at the chem trails
With my little brother
He said you called on his birthday
You were off by like ten days
But you get a few points for tryin’
Remember getting the truck fixed
When you let us drive it
Twenty-five felt like flying

I don’t forgive you
But please don’t hold me to it
Born under Scorpio skies
I wanted to see the world
Through your eyes until it happened
Then I changed my mind

Guess I lied
I’m a liar
Who lies
‘Cause I’m a liar

3 Replies to “A Song About Wanting To Be Wherever You’re Not”

    1. On Bridger’s debut album, Stranger in the Alps

      The album’s title is a reference to the edited-for-TV version of the film The Big Lebowski. In the original, unedited version, Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) says, “Do you see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass?”; however, the line is changed in the edited-for-TV version to “Do you see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?”

      Ha ha ha ha

  1. This video is Lost In Translation meets charming lack of guile.

    Also, Lebowski is a generational touchstone for idiots like us… but an indie rock grrl born in 1994? Please to explain WTF.

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