WhiteTrashMidwesternTown
Bones Lyrics


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You used to say, when I was down
There's more to life outside this, white trash midwestern town
You birthed the spark in my brain
Said it'd be sunny, but that night it rained
Wet shoes as I stepped on the plane
Found a seat and closed the window shade
I fell asleep and then awoke to a shake
I overheard like they spoke my name
The captain said, "It'll be a task to make it"
To LAX with a storm like this
"We'll try our best", he said with a nervous grit
You could hear the breath, you could see the face
Of a man who'd cut the tension if his hands didn't shake
He's got a wife, two girls, and a home on the ground
And the most disturbing part is they don't know it's going down I'll paint the sky you'll fly in
Tired of the act of lying
Lowering my eyes to see you
Telling all the lies to be with you

But not in the fire and not in the crash
The weather, the storm, you say will end intact
It's when he goes home that it becomes real
There's a small part of him that resents the wheels
He hates the wings and the bolts that hold them
Together like promises they never told him




He thinks they deserve the same life that he had
He wished the fucking engine would've blown to pieces

Overall Meaning

In "WhiteTrashMidwesternTown," Bones discusses his past and how the people around him wanted to keep him down. He places emphasis on a particular person who believed in his potential and urged him to aim higher than the limitations of his surroundings. This person was a mentor who implanted a spark in his brain and encouraged him to explore his full potential. Bones talks about how he left his town and boarded a plane, still hearing the sound of his mentor's voice in his head. The plane ride was a metaphor for life's unpredictable nature. The turbulence on the ride to LAX is a representation of how life can be full of ups and downs. The captain's nervousness was a reminder that no one is immune to life's uncertainties, even those who seemingly have it all together.


Bones then shifts gears, talking about how flying in a plane became a symbol of hatred and contempt for him. The bolts and wings of planes became metaphors for promises that were never fulfilled. He wished the engine would have blown to pieces to prove that the aerospace industry is not as secure and promising as it is made out to be. Overall, the song is about escaping the limitations of one's surroundings and finding hope in a difficult world.




Line by Line Meaning

You used to say, when I was down
You comforted me when I was feeling low


There's more to life outside this, white trash midwestern town
You encouraged me to see beyond the limitations of our hometown


You birthed the spark in my brain
You ignited my creativity


Said it'd be sunny, but that night it rained
You gave me false hope and it was disappointing


Wet shoes as I stepped on the plane
I was unprepared for the weather and conditions


Found a seat and closed the window shade
I needed privacy and time to reflect


I fell asleep and then awoke to a shake
I was jolted awake by turbulence


I overheard like they spoke my name
I sensed that something was wrong


The captain said, "It'll be a task to make it"
The pilot admitted that the flight would be difficult


To LAX with a storm like this
We were flying towards Los Angeles but encountered a storm


"We'll try our best", he said with a nervous grit
The pilot was determined but anxious


You could hear the breath, you could see the face
The tension was palpable


Of a man who'd cut the tension if his hands didn't shake
The pilot seemed composed but was visibly shaken


He's got a wife, two girls, and a home on the ground
The pilot has a family waiting for him back home


And the most disturbing part is they don't know it's going down
It's tragic that his family is unaware of the danger he's facing


I'll paint the sky you'll fly in
I'll create a beautiful image for you to enjoy


Tired of the act of lying
I'm exhausted from pretending


Lowering my eyes to see you
I'm looking down in shame


Telling all the lies to be with you
I'm deceiving you to maintain our relationship


But not in the fire and not in the crash
I don't want us to suffer a violent death


The weather, the storm, you say will end intact
You insist that we'll survive the storm unscathed


It's when he goes home that it becomes real
The reality of the danger hits the pilot when he returns home


There's a small part of him that resents the wheels
The pilot is frustrated by the machinery that caused the danger


He hates the wings and the bolts that hold them
He despises the plane that put him in a life-threatening situation


Together like promises they never told him
The plane seemed reliable but ultimately failed him


He thinks they deserve the same life that he had
He wishes the plane would suffer the same fate as he might have


He wished the fucking engine would've blown to pieces
He's angry that the engine didn't malfunction and thus spare him the danger




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