Milwaukee
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We walked over the bridge in Milwaukee
Past the statue of Fonz and the duck
With the wind kicking in
And the sparrows a-running amok
And that woman, your friend who was pregnant
Put your hand on her belly for luck
And I laughed 'cause it's you
And I knew that you knew you were stuck

You can tell
By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
You can tell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell

We got over that bridge and went walking
Back to a table with cards to be dealt
And a show where the whole front row
Was taking pictures of itself
And then, man, your old friend
Turned the night on its end
Like your time was a bottomless well
But you grabbed me and said
"Come on back from the ledge for a spell"

You can tell
By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
You can tell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell

You can tell
By the laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
You can tell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell




It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell

Overall Meaning

The Both's song Milwaukee describes a night out in the city with a friend, who seems to be going through a difficult time. The lyricist vividly depicts the journey over a bridge, past local landmarks, and experiences at a show. The song explores the nuances of friendship, the ups and downs that can come with it. The line "And I laughed 'cause it's you/And I knew that you knew you were stuck" might suggest that the friend is aware of their situation but is unable to change it, and the singer is simply along for the ride.


The chorus, "You can tell/By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell/You can tell/It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell," is a powerful metaphor. It suggests that even though the friend might be laughing on the outside, emitting a positive energy, there is a deeper, inner turmoil brewing within them that the singer can sense. The line "It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell" emphasizes the intensity of these feelings, hinting that the friend might be going through a significant crisis. The chorus is repeated three times at the end, enforcing its importance to the overall theme of the song.


Line by Line Meaning

We walked over the bridge in Milwaukee
We strolled across the bridge in Milwaukee


Past the statue of Fonz and the duck
We walked beyond the monument of Fonz and the duck


With the wind kicking in
While the wind was beginning to blow


And the sparrows a-running amok
The sparrows were running around wildly


And that woman, your friend who was pregnant
Your pregnant friend, who is a woman


Put your hand on her belly for luck
She had you put your hand on her belly for good fortune


And I laughed 'cause it's you
I chuckled because it was something you would do


And I knew that you knew you were stuck
I understood that you were aware that you were trapped


We got over that bridge and went walking
We crossed the bridge and continued walking


Back to a table with cards to be dealt
We returned to a table where cards were to be dealt


And a show where the whole front row
We encountered a performance where the entire front row


Was taking pictures of itself
Was taking photos of themselves


And then, man, your old friend
And then, your old friend, man


Turned the night on its end
Ended the night's lull


Like your time was a bottomless well
As if time had no limit like a bottomless well


But you grabbed me and said
However, you took hold of me and said


"Come on back from the ledge for a spell"
"Step back from the edge for a little while"


You can tell
It is evident


By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
From your laugh in the dark upon hearing the bell ring


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core


You can tell
It is evident


By the laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
From the chuckle in the darkness upon hearing the bell ring


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core


It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell
It's the central aspect that is ignited within the core




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Clive

We walked over the bridge in Milwaukee
Past the statues of Fonz and the duck
With the wind kicking in and the sparrows all running amok
And that woman, your friend who was pregnant
Put your hand on her belly for luck
And I laughed 'cause it's you and I knew that you knew you were stuck
You can tell
By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
You can tell

It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell We got over that bridge and went walking
Back to a table with cards to be dealt
And a show where the whole front row was taking pictures of itself
And then, man, your old friend turned the night on its end
Like your time was a bottomless well
But you grabbed me and said, "Come on back from the ledge for a spell"

You can tell
By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
You can tell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Mann Aimee / Leo Theodore F

Milwaukee lyrics © Aimee Mann



All comments from YouTube:

Marcus

Almost 8 years since this album came out. I had high hopes that they would continue this project.

Let's Go Brandon

Doesn’t seem like it’s progressing so well.

Clive

We walked over the bridge in Milwaukee
Past the statues of Fonz and the duck
With the wind kicking in and the sparrows all running amok
And that woman, your friend who was pregnant
Put your hand on her belly for luck
And I laughed 'cause it's you and I knew that you knew you were stuck
You can tell
By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
You can tell

It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell We got over that bridge and went walking
Back to a table with cards to be dealt
And a show where the whole front row was taking pictures of itself
And then, man, your old friend turned the night on its end
Like your time was a bottomless well
But you grabbed me and said, "Come on back from the ledge for a spell"

You can tell
By your laugh in the dark at the sound of the bell
You can tell
It's the nucleus burning inside of the cell

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Mann Aimee / Leo Theodore F

Milwaukee lyrics © Aimee Mann

Marisa

they sing amazing together ^^


and in case you're wondering, yes, i'm from the steven universe movie

pakibukas

Aimee should have her own TV show by now seriously

Efrain Hernandez

I've been a fan of A.M 4 a very long time!True Talent Never Wanes!She's living proof of that.
Excellent stuff i Love it!!😌👍

paulhorn27

I love this song! It's so cheerful and good-natured!

paul elliott

Great song, great artists and amusing video
Can't wait for the album : )
Gonna be a blast

Stacy Wernick

In all honestly, Uncle Ed's idea for a new drum set up is pretty rad.

S.C. Cisneros

This song needs to be used or made into a TV show. I'd watch "Milwaukee." Great song and video.

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