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On Your Porch
The Format Lyrics


I was on your porch
The smoke sank into my skin
So I came inside to be with you
And we talked all night
About everything you could imagine
'Cause come the morning I'll be gone
And as our eyes start to close
I turn to you and I let you know
That I love you

My dad was sick
My mom she cared for him
Her love it nursed him back to life
And me I ran
I couldn't even look at him
For fear I'd have to say goodbye
And as I start to leave
He grabs me by the shoulder
And he tells me

What's left to lose?
You've done enough
And if you fail, well then you fail
But not to us
And these last three years
I know they've been hard
But now it's time to get out of the desert
And into the sun
Even if it's alone

So now here I sit
In a hotel off of Sunset
While my thoughts bounce off
Of Sam's guitar
And that's the way it's been
Ever since we were kids
But now, now we've got something to prove
And I, I can see their eyes
But tell me something
Can they see mine?

'Cause what's left to lose?
I've done enough
And if I fail, well then I fail
But I gave it a shot
And these last three years
I know they've been hard
But now it's time to get out of the desert
And into the sun
Even if it's alone

I was on your porch last night
The smoke it sank into my skin

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Elias Sosa

This song makes me think of all the things I wish my parents had said to
me, & all the things I know I'll tell my daughter as she grows
older. I think in our lowest times it's the words of our parents that
have the most potential to heal & carry us. Fucking hurts to not
have that when you need it.
This verse hits me so hard:

"And these last three years, I know they've been hard.
But now its time to get out of the desert and into the sun;
even if its alone."

Forces me to dwell on my last 3 years,
watching my mom fight and eventually succumb to cancer at 45. There's
decisions you make as you mature, that will drastically affect you in
the future; but sometimes it's things you don't realize until you
experience the effect later in life. For years and years I confided in
my mother, everything I'd gone though. All of my trials, heartbreaks,
successes, happiness, sadness, everything. NEVER thinking she could ever
die to cancer. Not in a million years. Even when she was diagnosed,
stage 4, we both knew she'd make it. I mean I had no fucking doubt in my
mind. But god damn once that cancer sped up, it really sped up, one day
we spoke on the phone, had that conversation. "there's nothing more
they can do..." "we both knew this day would come." crying, I love
you's... Less than a week later, and we can't even hold a conversation
because she's so incoherent... One more week and she'd be gone, just
like that. Hit me like a fucking train, and took me a long time to wrap
my head around it. But once I finally did, it was THEN that I realized I
am truly and genuinely alone. I feel like I don't even know anyone
else. No friends that I can REALLY speak to, like this... No close
family. Nothing. That was the mistake I'd made, the residual effect of
my decision. Never developing a close relationship with anyone else, and
now I am truly alone. My daughter blissfully unaware she's acting as a
life-line, growing to know and love a shell of her father; someone even I
don't recognize. Unknowingly carrying such a massive burden, that were
she not here I would be infinitely lost.

Not even sure why I'm
writing this in a youtube comment. I guess it's my message in a bottle.
Although I originally came here because I missed The Format. Now I just
miss my best friend



Manda Tory

"I was on your porch, the smoke sank into my skin.
So, I came inside to be with you.
And we talked all night
About everything we could imagine.

'Cause come the morning I'll be gone
And as our eyes start to close
I turn to you and I let you know that I love you

Well, my dad was sick,
And my mom—she cared for him.
Her love—it nursed him back to life.
And me—I ran. I couldn't even look at him
For fear I'd have to say goodbye.

And as I start to leave
He grabs me by the shoulder and he tells me,
"What's left to lose? You've done enough.
And if you fail, well, then you fail, but not to us.
'Cause these last three years—I know they've been hard.
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun;
Even if it's alone."

So, now here I sit in a hotel off of Sunset;
My thoughts bounce off of Sam's guitar.
And that's the way it's been
Ever since we were kids, but now,
Now we've got something to prove.
And I, I can see their eyes,
But tell me something, can they see mine?

'Cause what's left to lose?
I've done enough.
And if I fail, well, then I fail but I gave it a shot.
And these last three years—I know they've been hard.
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun;
Even if it's alone.

Even if it's alone

I was on your porch last night, the smoke it sank into my skin."



Funtime Bonxy

was on your porch,
The smoke sank into my skin,
So I came inside to be with you,
We talked all night,
About everything you could imagine,
'Cause come the morning, I'll be gone,
And as our eyes start to close,
I turn to you and I let you know,
That I love you.

Well, my dad was sick,
My mom she cared for him,
Her loving nursed him back to life,
And me, I ran, I couldn't even look at him,
For fear I'd have to say goodbye,
And as I start to leave,
He grabs me by the shoulder and he tells me,
"Whats left to lose? You've done enough,
And if you fail then you fail but not to us,
'Cause these last three years,
I know they have been hard,
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun,
Even if its alone."

So now here I sit,
In a hotel off of Sunset
My thoughts bounce off Sam's guitar,
And thats the way its been,
Ever since we were kids, but now,
Now, we've got something to prove,
And I, I can see their eyes,
Then tell me something, can they see mine?
'Cause whats left to lose?
I've done enough,
And if I fail then I fail but I gave it a shot,
'Cause these last three years I know they have been hard,
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun,
Even if it's alone,
(Even if it's alone)
Even if it's alone.

I was on your porch last night,
The smoke, it sank into my skin



All comments from YouTube:

April Lynn

My uncle introduced me to the format.i would sit in his room on the floor and watch his dvd of the format live. He always told me he would be the first to take me to my first format concert. Then they broke up and we were both devestated. After my uncle passed away two years ago I just absolutely forgot about them. Then they announced their reunion and I couldn’t help but to shed a tear so Today I purchased my first format concert ticket. I cried playing this song because I can hear my uncle telling me “it’s time for you to get out of the desert even if it’s alone” 💜 thank you for a lifelong full of memories thank you for bringing my uncles favorite songs back to life again.

T B

That is a very special memory. What a great way to remember a loved one.

in 2020 Nate and Sam announced a new tour for the Format. Looks like they have booked venues in NY, Chicago and Phoenix. If you get a chance to see them don't miss out. I saw them in Seattle years ago. I was blown away by Nate's voice. He sung like an Angel. Better than any recording of his I have heard.

Bryan

<3

Bailyn Houck

Thank you so much, I didn’t know about this until this comment. My biggest regret in life was never seeing Nate ruess live. I bought my ticket minutes ago, so happy I cried.

Megan Verycken

This song never fails to make me cry. Nate's lyrics are so amazing and to be honest, nobody's lyrics should maker cry, but his never fail to make me. That's not necessarily a bad thing though because it's an amazing song :)

Jocelyn De Anda

I always think of my parents when I hear this song. I could hear them say “if you failed then you failed but no to us.” Sounds like something they would say. This song more then anything describes unconditional love.

Ivan Wilson

This has been a song for most of the 20 years that my father passed away that I listen to every year. Thank you Nate and the Format! You and Roger Clyde have helped me through 20 years!

Matt Boucher

This song reminds me of my grandfather. My family and I would visit him in the nursing home as his Alzheimer's disease worsened. During one of my last visits I played this song while sitting next to him and I just melted into it. I felt so at peace with the idea it was not going to be long. And it wasn't. Thank you Format for the grace of this song and your powerful words. I was okay with "saying goodbye" and seeing him off "into the sun". I'll always have a special place on my front porch for this song. Until we meet again grandpa Hal!

Julia Wilson

i cry almost every time i hear this song words cannot describe how amazing it is

Robert E. Gonzalez Jr.

I told my dad this was for him when I was on leave from Iraq on my first 1 year tour.. I was about 8 months in when I came home. We drank beers all night and chatted about everything.. it was about half passed midnight when I played it.. I said dad.. I want you to hear this.. I think of you everytime I listen to it. I have been out of the Marines since 2009.. it's now about to be 2019.. we haven't seen each other for over a year.

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