This One Goes Out to...
Streetlight Manifesto Lyrics


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Staring out the window of somebody's pickup truck
Well I never mind the boredom cause I use it for a crutch
Just to get me to that plae
Its a different state of sane
And everytime I try to change I always end up quite the same
Thinking back to happier days
When everyone was ignorant
And all the kids behaved
But me and my friends and the ice cream man
That was our existence, that was our clan
This one goes out to the friends I never had:
Hey I don't understand but I'd like to anyway
Hey I don't understand but I like it anyway
Hey I don't understand but I like you anyway
Hey I don't understand

Shelter in the city
We decided to go in
And I gave a man some money to buy herion
But the homeless man returned and he gave me back a dime
He said, "put it in your sock my friend and save it for another time"
But: lessons are learned and later unlearned
If he knew then what he knows now
Well he could rule the world
But I'm not one to judge what happened yesterday
Cause I got me




I got myself
My future is at stake this one goes out to...

Overall Meaning

The song "This One Goes Out to..." by Streetlight Manifesto is a reflective piece about the singer's memories of days gone by which he longs for, although he acknowledges that they are largely illusory. The song opens with a description of a moment of boredom spent staring out of the window of someone's pickup truck, an experience that the singer has apparently been through before, and which he describes as a "crutch" that gets him through life. The destination of the journey is described as a "different state of sane", which implies that the singer is not content with his present circumstances and is looking for an escape from them. However, he notes that whenever he has tried to change his situation in the past, he has always ended up back where he started, suggesting that he is trapped in a cycle.


The second verse of the song describes a different kind of experience, one that is more associated with city life. The singer and his friends go into a shelter in the city, where he gives a homeless man some money to buy heroin. The man returns the money, telling the singer to save it for another time, and the singer reflects that "lessons are learned and later unlearned". It is unclear whether he is referring to the lesson that he should not give money to drug addicts or a deeper, more psychological lesson. However, he closes the song by asserting that his future is at stake, and that he must focus on himself rather than dwelling too much on the events of the past.


Line by Line Meaning

Staring out the window of somebody's pickup truck
Looking out of a truck, lost in thoughts


Well I never mind the boredom cause I use it for a crutch
Boredom helps to support him in a way


Just to get me to that plae
Trying to get to a different place than where he is now


Its a different state of sane
Being in a different state of mind


And everytime I try to change I always end up quite the same
He is trying to change but always ends up where he was before


Thinking back to happier days
Reminiscing about better times


When everyone was ignorant
When everyone was unaware and didn't know better


And all the kids behaved
All the children were well-behaved


But me and my friends and the ice cream man
Himself and his friends and a particular ice cream man were close


That was our existence, that was our clan
They were a group with a common way of living


This one goes out to the friends I never had:
The song is next dedicated to people that he never really had in his life


Hey I don't understand but I'd like to anyway
Trying to understand things even though he doesn't at first


Hey I don't understand but I like it anyway
Enjoying something even if it is not understood fully


Hey I don't understand but I like you anyway
Liking someone regardless of whether they understand them or not


Hey I don't understand
They still don't understand


Shelter in the city
Finding shelter in an urban area


We decided to go in
They chose to go there


And I gave a man some money to buy herion
Gave money for an unknown man to buy heroin


But the homeless man returned and he gave me back a dime
The man returned money but with less and not what was expected


He said, "put it in your sock my friend and save it for another time"
The man suggeststo save the change for later


But: lessons are learned and later unlearned
People learn things and later forget it


If he knew then what he knows now
If the man knew then what he knows now


Well he could rule the world
He could have a different life altogether


But I'm not one to judge what happened yesterday
He does not judge people based on their past experiences


Cause I got me
He has himself


I got myself
He only needs himself to survive


My future is at stake this one goes out to...
It's all about his future now




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: J Baan, Marcel Van Os

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