Timorous Me
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Lyrics


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Me and Johnny sittin' in the green grass --
I don't remember too much from that far back in the past,
But man, oh man, was Jonathan a laugh in those days.
Apparently he was my very best friend --
We spent warm summer days wishin' they would never end --
But I only know from photographs I look at every now and again.

And J-J-Johnny --
Ooh, ooh, all he left us was an apple tree,
And ooh, where'd he go,
And ooh, why'd he leave,
And ooh, why do I grieve?

Now I don't ever see Jonathan no more,
But my life rolls on just like it did before,
And I only wonder what it is that I even miss him for.

Me and Timory holdin' hands --
I was shakin' hers, 'coz she said she was a fan,
There was an awkward pause,
And something that should've began
just passed us by.
But I watched her sing along with every word,
In the prettiest voice that I never heard,
And I still see her dancin',
Wearin' my shirt: right there.

And T-T-Timorous me --
All Timory left me was a memory.
And ooh, I was blind,
And ooh, now I find that I can't see.

Now me and Jodi spend a lot of our time
just sittin' in silence,
Drivin' late at night,
And maybe even wonderin' what's
on each other's mind this time.

But I know she's like me,
So I let it ride --
She's dwellin' in that quiet space left behind,




Where only peace can answer why,
And you abide that birds must fly.

Overall Meaning

The song "Timorous Me" by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is an introspective reflection on the different stages of the singer's life and the people he has encountered along the way. The opening verse reminisces about the singer's childhood and his relationship with his best friend, Jonathan, whom he has lost touch with. The lyrics express the nostalgia and melancholy of looking back on happy memories that have faded over time, leaving only photographs and a longing for what once was.


The second verse shifts to a more recent memory, where the singer meets a fan named Timory, with whom he shares a brief moment of connection before it passes them by. The lyrics are tinged with regret, as the singer acknowledges that he was too timid to act on his feelings or fully appreciate the moment. This verse highlights the fleeting nature of life and the missed opportunities that often come with it.


The final verse describes the singer's current state, spending time in silence with his partner Jodi, contemplating life and the mysteries of the universe. The lyrics convey a sense of acceptance and contentment, as the singer acknowledges the inevitability of change and the importance of being present in the moment.


Overall, "Timorous Me" is a poignant meditation on the passing of time, the connections we make and lose, and the longing for something that can never be fully recaptured.


Line by Line Meaning

Me and Johnny sittin' in the green grass --
I can barely recall a memory from a long time ago where me and Jonathan were hanging out and chilling outside.


I don't remember too much from that far back in the past,
I'm having difficulty recalling events from years ago.


But man, oh man, was Jonathan a laugh in those days.
Jonathan, my ex-best friend, was so funny and I remember sharing many good moments laughing together.


Apparently he was my very best friend --
I believe that, in the past, Jonathan was my closest and most intimate friend.


We spent warm summer days wishin' they would never end --
We passed enjoyable summer days together, always hoping they would never come to a close.


But I only know from photographs I look at every now and again.
The only tangible evidence I have of our friendship are the pictures I sporadically look at.


And J-J-Johnny --
Jonathan is often in my thoughts.


Ooh, ooh, all he left us was an apple tree,
The only physical reminder of Jonathan is the apple tree he gave us.


And ooh, where'd he go,
I don't understand where Jonathan went away to.


And ooh, why'd he leave,
I can't comprehend why Jonathan left and cut ties with me.


And ooh, why do I grieve?
I still lament the loss of Jonathan's friendship and it still affects me deeply.


Now I don't ever see Jonathan no more,
I haven't seen Jonathan in a long time and probably never will again.


But my life rolls on just like it did before,
Even without Jonathan, my life moves forward as usual.


And I only wonder what it is that I even miss him for.
I sometimes question why I still hold onto the memory of Jonathan and what it is about him that I miss.


Me and Timory holdin' hands --
I remember holding hands with Timory, a girl who was a fan of my music.


I was shakin' hers, 'coz she said she was a fan,
I forcefully shook her hand because she was an admirer of my music.


There was an awkward pause,
Timory and I experienced an uncomfortable silence between us.


And something that should've began just passed us by.
Something that could have potentially initiated between Timory and I slipped away - either romantically or musically.


But I watched her sing along with every word,
I marveled at Timory while she sang my songs along with me.


In the prettiest voice that I never heard,
She had the most beautiful voice that I had never heard before that moment.


And I still see her dancin', Wearin' my shirt: right there.
I vividly remember Timory dancing while she wore my shirt.


And T-T-Timorous me --
I tend to be anxious and timid in certain situations.


All Timory left me was a memory.
All that remains of Timory is my recollection of that one fleeting moment when we held hands.


And ooh, I was blind,
I was oblivious to what was happening in that moment with Timory.


And ooh, now I find that I can't see.
Looking back, I realize that I was not aware of what was right in front of me and I'm now unable to experience what could have been.


Now me and Jodi spend a lot of our time just sittin' in silence,
Nowadays, Jodi and I prefer to spend most of our time simply sitting quietly with one another.


Drivin' late at night,
We often spend long hours driving around at night together.


And maybe even wonderin' what's on each other's mind this time.
Sometimes, we speculate what's going through each other's mind at any given moment.


But I know she's like me,
I understand that Jodi is deeply similar to me and we share many common traits and feelings.


So I let it ride --
I choose to let things slide without fretting too much or overanalyzing our relationship.


She's dwellin' in that quiet space left behind,
Jodi is content to exist in silences around us.


Where only peace can answer why,
In those moments, only peace and tranquility answer what we're thinking or feeling.


And you abide that birds must fly.
We put trust in knowing that certain things, like the way birds fly, are meant to be.




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