Ketchum ID
Boygenius Lyrics


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Back in the States now
In a college town
I would walk around
But it's really coming down
Mesmerized by double lines
Two yellow tightropes
I'm making good time

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know

Being in love is the same thing as being alone
Giving the sorrow some company
Nothing to say, stay on the phone
And I'm sorry I do not know what else you want from me

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know

You say, "How are you", I say, "I don't know"
Let's dissolve the band, move to Idaho
Everyone's around and I hear you smiling
You say, "I love you", I say, "You too"

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go




When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough

Overall Meaning

The boygenius song "Ketchum ID" is a reflection on the experience of being on the move and never feeling fully grounded in any one place. The lyrics paint a picture of the singer walking around a college town in the rain, lost in thought as they contemplate the nature of love and companionship. The repeated refrain of "I am never anywhere, anywhere I go" suggests a feeling of displacement and disconnection from the world around them.


The imagery in the verses is evocative, as the singer is "mesmerized by double lines, two yellow tightropes" - a possible reference to the road markings on the street. The line "being in love is the same thing as being alone" is particularly poignant, as it speaks to the paradox of feeling deeply connected to someone while also feeling isolated in one's own experience. The bridge of the song takes a turn towards the surreal, with the singer suggesting that they dissolve their band and move to Idaho - a seemingly random and absurd idea that underscores their feeling of restlessness and desire for change.


Overall, "Ketchum ID" is a beautifully crafted song that captures the complexities of human emotion with precision and grace. From the vivid imagery of the verses to the introspective musings of the chorus, it is a haunting and memorable track that resonates long after it has ended.


Line by Line Meaning

Back in the States now In a college town I would walk around But it's really coming down
I'm back in the United States, specifically in a college town. I usually roam the streets aimlessly, but it's currently raining.


Mesmerized by double lines Two yellow tightropes I'm making good time
I'm hypnotized by the double yellow lines, which resemble tightropes, and I'm driving smoothly and quickly.


I am never anywhere Anywhere I go When I'm home I'm never there Long enough to know
I'm never really present, regardless of where I am. Even when I'm at home, I don't stay long enough to know what it's like to stay still.


Being in love is the same thing as being alone Giving the sorrow some company Nothing to say, stay on the phone And I'm sorry I do not know what else you want from me
Love and loneliness are interchangeable. Sometimes it's better to have someone to share your sadness with instead of being alone. I don't have anything to add to the conversation, but I'll stay on the phone. I'm sorry, but I don't know what else you want me to do.


You say "How are you", I say "I don't know Let's dissolve the band, move to Idaho Everyone's around and I hear you smiling You say "I love you", I say "You, too"
You greet me with a "How are you?" and I reply with an honest "I don't know." Let's break up the band and move to Idaho. Everyone seems happy, and I can hear you smiling. You tell me you love me and I reply with a reciprocal "You too."


I am never anywhere Anywhere I go When I'm home I'm never there Long enough to know
I never really feel like I belong wherever I am. Even when I'm at home, I don't spend enough time there to get to know it.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Hipgnosis Songs Group
Written by: Christian Lee Hutson, Julien Rose Baker, Lucy Elizabeth Dacus, Phoebe Lucille Bridgers

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@bumblekoala1436

Back in the States now
In a college town
I would walk around
But it's really coming down
Mesmerized by double lines
Two yellow tightropes
I'm making good time
I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know
Being in love is the same thing as being alone
Giving the sorrows and company
Nothing to say, stay on the phone
I'm sorry I do not know what else you want from me
I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know
You say "How are you", I say "I don't know
Let's dissolve the band, move to Idaho
Everyone's around and I hear you smiling
You say "I love you", I say "You too"
I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know
Ooh-oh-oh-oh
Ooh-oh-oh-oh
I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough



@hanpretzel2531

Back in the States now
In a college town
I would walk around
But it's really coming down
Mesmerized by double lines
Two yellow tightropes
I'm making good time

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know

Being in love is the same thing as being alone
Giving the sorrows and company
Nothing to say, stay on the phone
I'm sorry I do not know what else you want from me

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know

You say "How are you", I say "I don't know
Let's dissolve the band, move to Idaho
Everyone's around and I hear you smiling
You say "I love you", I say "You too"

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough to know
Ooh-oh-oh-oh
Ooh-oh-oh-oh

I am never anywhere
Anywhere I go
When I'm home I'm never there
Long enough



All comments from YouTube:

@kohleendumbrique7021

I used to be an atheist, until I realized god is three women combined into one amazing band.

@brendantaylor3570

Amazing comment.

@modestmouse2889

I'm still an athiest but the girls give me hope I'm wrong about God

@TheBadBuffalo

Three imaginary boys

@T.E.S.S.

Lol

@drewandcharlie7583

Simp

@Bethany00

All three of these women together is a godsend

@tafelrunde906

i feel like each of them sang their verse in a very personal way... esp phoebe's line in the beginning is such a phoebe melody

@Koshirozation

"being in love is the same thing as being alone
giving the sorrow some company
nothing to say, stay on your phone
im sorry i don't know what else you want from me"

@chrissennfelder7249

I'm in love with Lucy's voice.

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