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Boston
Augustana Lyrics


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In the light of the sun
Is there anyone?
Oh, it has begun

Oh, dear, you look so lost
Your eyes are red when tears are shed
The world you must have crossed, you said

You don't know me, you don't even care
Oh yeah, you said
You don't know me, and you don't wear my chains
Oh yeah

Essential yet appealed
Carry all your thoughts
Across an open field

When flowers gaze at you
They're not the only ones
Who cry when they see you
You said

You don't know me, and you don't even care
Oh yeah, you said
You don't know me, and you don't wear my chains
Oh yeah

She said, I think I'm going to Boston
I think I'll start a new life
I think I'll start it over
Where no one knows my name

I'll get out of California
I'm tired of the weather
I think I'll get a lover
I'll fly 'em out to Spain

I think I'll go to Boston
I think that I was tired
I think I need a new town
To leave this all behind

I think I need a sunrise
I'm tired of a sunset
Here it's nice in the summer
Some snow would be nice, oh yeah

You don't know me, and you don't even care
Oh yeah

Boston
Where no one knows my name
No one knows my name
No one knows my name

Boston
Where no one knows my name

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Augustana's song "Boston" depict a conversation between the singer and a stranger who seems lost and hopeless. The song begins with the singer observing the stranger's sorrowful state and wondering if there is anyone who can help her. The stranger admits to crossing the world and experiencing pain, which has caused her to feel like no one knows or cares about her. She seeks refuge in Boston, a new town where nobody knows her name and where she can start over with a clean slate. She desires a new life, a sunrise instead of a sunset, and some snow instead of endless summer.


The song is a beautiful portrayal of a desire for a fresh start, to escape one's past and find peace in an unknown place. The theme of the song expresses universal human emotions of exhaustion, despair, and the quest for hope. The lyrics are poignant and illustrative of the desire to start afresh.


Augustana's "Boston" was released in 2005 and featured on their debut album "All The Stars And Boulevards."


Line by Line Meaning

In the light of the sun
With the sunlight, are there any people?


Is there anyone?
Is anyone around to see me now?


Oh, it has begun
This journey has just started


Oh, dear, you look so lost
You appear confused or suffering


Your eyes are red when tears are shed
Your eyes are teary with sadness


The world you must have crossed, you said
You must have seen and experienced the world


You don't know me, you don't even care
You never understood me or cared about my struggles


Oh yeah, you said
You expressed that sentiment clearly


You don't know me, and you don't wear my chains
You never shared my worries and responsibilities


Essential yet appealed
Important yet captivating


Carry all your thoughts
Bring all your thoughts with you


Across an open field
While wandering aimlessly in a field


When flowers gaze at you
When you stare at flowers in awe


They're not the only ones
Others feel the same way


Who cry when they see you
Who are heartbroken to see you in pain


She said, I think I'm going to Boston
I am considering moving to Boston


I think I'll start a new life
I hope to begin afresh in Boston


Where no one knows my name
Where nobody recognizes me


I'll get out of California
I need to leave California


I'm tired of the weather
I am weary of the bad weather


I think I'll get a lover
I am planning to have a significant other


I'll fly 'em out to Spain
I'll take them to Spain with me


I think I'll go to Boston
I have decided to move to Boston


I think that I was tired
I feel exhausted and drained


I think I need a new town
I need to start anew in a different place


To leave this all behind
To forget about everything and start again


I think I need a sunrise
I long for the dawn of a new day


I'm tired of a sunset
I am done with the sunsets in California


Here it's nice in the summer
California has pleasant summers


Some snow would be nice, oh yeah
I would love to see some snow in Boston


No one knows my name
I could remain anonymous in Boston


Boston
The place where I desire to move


Where no one knows my name
A place where I can begin anew, anonymously




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jared Palomar, Dan Layus, Justin South, Josiah Rozencwajg

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@covr687

Best memory to this was waking up for middle school/highschool hazy in the morning getting ready for school tuning into MTV or VH1 for them hits..

Augustana - Boston
Keane - Everyones Changing
The Killers - Mr. Brightside, Sams Town etc
Snow Patrol - Chasing cars
Daniel Powder - Bad day
The Fray - over my head
and many more..



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@ Angela Brezenski





What a subtle and observant comeback to an equally great initial observation on sunsets and sunrises! I’ve never thought about that! In both cases! And you’re right! Florida has both a west coast and an east coast.

And now that you make me think about it the same thing is true of the Cape in Massachusetts, and probably a few other places.

His experience may not have been as profound, sentimental, and touching but at least moving expenses would’ve been a lot cheaper for Augustana had he lived in Florida, or some other land where the sun both sets and rises over the ocean or oceans on both its coasts. Lol!

I love subtlety! Thanks!



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@Mary-yc8vh

Who's listening this song in 2024?

@attilaladi9268

The most emotional music ever
I met him in 2010 and it hasn't changed since then
maybe this music was in the one tree hill series

@staciwilson5006

Me!

@heatherswanson5844

i saw their name on a showbill and had to remind myself what they sounded like

@jaykay1899

Hey! I found this song through Owl Cities cover of it

@rickyjoseph4674

Try unsteady from x Ambassadors

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@sloppysmile7247

Thanks Leonard.

@Disneygirlie

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was brought here after the third episode of The Big Bang Theory 😄

@trollmagnet8265

Who is leonard?

@Disneygirlie

@@trollmagnet8265 A character from a TV called The Big Bang Theory. In an episode of the first season, he sang this song

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