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    Smile the truck stops and the rock club walls

    'the truck stops and the rock club walls' is a part of the song 'late' sung by Ben folds.
    Is the word 'walls' a verb in 'the rock club walls' above ?
    I don't know the meaning of ' the rock club walls'
    plz explain it in detail.
    thanks in advance.

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    In some other dive a thousand miles away
    I played a thousand times before
    And like pathetic stars, the truck stops and the rock club walls


    the 'truck stops' are the diners that cater for the huge trucks to be able to park while the truck drivers eat. He is driving from one gig to another - driving to some other dive a thousand miles from his last gig - and also stops at these diners on the way.
    The 'rock club' is the type of venue where he performs, and as in the first verse about 'dirty words on dirty walls', he is merely referring to the walls of a rock club.

    'truck stops' : 'stops' here is not the verb 'to stop'. It is the same as 'waiting at the bus stop for a bus', the noun. A 'stop' is a place designated for a bus or train to halt and pick up or drop off. With 'truck stop', as I said above, it is a diner that caters for a dozen or so trucks to stop and park while the driver eats. It's not easy doing that with a dozen trucks and a McDonald's drive-through! Truck Stop Diners are designated places for truckies to stop and eat.
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    Default Re: the truck stops and the rock club walls

    A good case for hyphenation, to give truck-stops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    'the truck stops and the rock club walls' is a part of the song 'late' sung by Ben folds.
    Is the word 'walls' a verb in 'the rock club walls' above ?
    I don't know the meaning of ' the rock club walls'
    plz explain it in detail.
    thanks in advance.
    Can you give us more of the words? Or the name of the song? This isn't enough to go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Can you give us more of the words? Or the name of the song? This isn't enough to go on.
    The OP mentioned that the name of the song is "Late" and it's by Ben Folds.




    "Truck stops" isn't usually hyphenated in AmE; it's commonly understood to mean a diner along the highway that serves large portions of good food quickly and inexpensively, which appeals to truck drivers. They usually also have parking lots large enough to accommodate the "big rigs."

    This song is about singer/musician Elliott Smith, who sadly committed suicide in 2003. Since they were both musicians, they saw the same rock clubs and restaurants and hotels while on the road, which can get tedious, which is what Ben is singing about in "Late."

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    For Charlie B:

    Under some dirty words on a dirty wall
    Eating takeout by myself
    I played the shows
    Got back in the van and put the Walkman on
    And you were playing

    In some other dive a thousand miles away
    I played a thousand times before
    And like pathetic stars, the truck stops and the rock club walls
    I always knew
    You saw them too
    But you never will again

    It's too late
    Don't you know
    It's been too late
    For a long time

    Elliott, man, you played a fine guitar
    And some dirty basketball
    The songs you wrote
    Got me through a lot
    Just wanna tell you that

    But it's too late
    It's too late
    No, don't you know
    it's been too late
    for a long time

    Oh no
    Things were looking up
    Least that's what I heard
    Oh no
    Someone came and washed away your hard-earned
    Peace of mind

    When desperate static beats the silence up
    A quiet truth to calm you down
    The songs you wrote
    Got me through a lot
    Just wanna tell you that

    But it's too late
    It's too late
    No, don't you know
    It's been too late
    For a long time
    It's too late
    It's too late
    No, don't you know
    It's been too late
    For a long time

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