Under The Hedge
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Lyrics


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Oh, I've been sometimes under your wall
Peeping at all where I'm not welcome
I've seen you one time stumble and fall
But I still love you, you see?
I've been five times back to the well
Seeking to tell myself we're something
But you can't teach what you can't sell
And I'm not the only one it seems

I still would say if you asked, it's built on bonding
But others will take it all and leave you wanting
I know you've done this before to them
But here's where it ends and where I stand
You can't hold onto yourself?
For I have got your holy head in my hands

And I've been a long time out at your wall
Seeking to call you back from over
'Coz when you're up there you seem so tall
But you're not the only one you'll see

I still would say if you asked it's built on bonding
But others will take it all and leave you wanting
I know you've done it before to them
But here's where it ends and where I stand
You say you can't hold yourself back?
Well I have got your sainted head in my hands

And I've been sometimes under your hedge
I ran like a rabbit from the rifles




You had me two times out on the ledge
But I still love you, you see?

Overall Meaning

The song "Under the Hedge" by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists seems to be about a complicated relationship between two people. The lyrics suggest that the singer has been secretly observing the other person ("under your wall...under your hedge") and has seen them stumble and fall, but still loves them despite their flaws. The singer has tried to rationalize their connection, saying that it's built on bonding, but acknowledges that others have taken advantage of the other person in the past. Despite this, the singer stands by their love, even when the other person pushes them to their limits ("you say you can't hold yourself back? Well I have got your sainted head in my hands").


The repeated line "I still love you, you see?" adds to the song's sense of desperation and longing. The singer seems to be trying to hold onto their relationship despite the challenges they face. The metaphor of "under the hedge" and "out on the ledge" suggests a sense of danger and fear, but also the idea of being protected by the other person, as if they are a fortress or stronghold.


Overall, "Under the Hedge" is a complex and emotional song about the ups and downs of a relationship, and the struggles of trying to hold onto love in the face of adversity.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, I've been sometimes under your wall
I have been in places where I'm not welcome, observing you from afar


Peeping at all where I'm not welcome
I've been spying on you without being invited


I've seen you one time stumble and fall
I have witnessed you falter


But I still love you, you see?
Despite your mistakes, I still care for you deeply


I've been five times back to the well
I have repeatedly returned to the source of our relationship


Seeking to tell myself we're something
Trying to convince myself that our connection is meaningful


But you can't teach what you can't sell
It's impossible to promote something that you don't truly believe in


And I'm not the only one it seems
Others share this disillusionment


I still would say if you asked, it's built on bonding
Despite doubts, I would still claim that our relationship is founded on a strong connection


But others will take it all and leave you wanting
Despite my belief, others may take advantage of you and leave you feeling unfulfilled


I know you've done this before to them
You have treated others similarly in the past


But here's where it ends and where I stand
I will not tolerate being treated in such a way


You can't hold onto yourself?
Are you unable to control your behavior?


For I have got your holy head in my hands
I have power over you and your actions


And I've been a long time out at your wall
I have been present outside of your life for a significant period of time


Seeking to call you back from over
Hoping to convince you to reconnect with me


'Coz when you're up there you seem so tall
You may appear to be in a better position than I am


But you're not the only one you'll see
Others are in similar situations


Well I have got your sainted head in my hands
I am in control of you, despite any elevated status you may hold


And I've been sometimes under your hedge
I have been in places where I'm not welcome, trying to get closer to you


I ran like a rabbit from the rifles
I felt threatened, like an animal in danger


You had me two times out on the ledge
You put me in dangerous situations that could have had serious consequences


But I still love you, you see?
Despite everything, my feelings for you remain strong




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