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    American Girls by Counting Crows

    Hello,




    I have been stuggling with this lyrics since I was young. (I am 36!)



    Please, what the meaning of the boldfaced sentences?


    She comes out on Fridays every time
    Stands out in a line
    I could've been anyone she'd seen
    She waits another week to fall apart
    She couldn’t make another day
    I wish it was anyone but me
    It could've been anyone you see
    She had something breakable just under her skin
    American girls, all weather & noise
    Playing the changes for all of the boys
    Holding a candle up to my hand
    Making me feel so incredible
    She comes out of closets every night
    But then she locks herself away
    Where she could keep everything from me
    I could have been anyone you see
    She’s nothing but porcelain underneath her skin
    American girls, all weather & noise
    Playing the changes for all of the boys
    Holding a candle up to my hand
    Making me feel so incredible
    Little shivers shaking me every day
    But I could get the same thing anywhere
    So if she goes away
    Well it's alright and I'm okay
    "Hey", she said, "Come back again tonight"
    I said, "I might I might I might"
    She said, "Well that's alright
    If it's alright with you, then it's alright with me"
    I waited for an hour last Friday night
    She never came around
    She took almost everything from me
    I’m going through my closets
    Trying on her clothes almost everyday
    I could've been anyone you see
    I wish it was anyone but me
    Theres nothing but pills and ashes under my skin
    American girls, all weather & noise
    Playing the changes for all of the boys
    Holding a candle right up to my hand
    Making me feel so incredible
    If I made you cry, please tell me why
    Cause I'll try again if you let me try
    American girls all feathers & cream
    Come into bed so edible


    Thanks in advance



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    Re: American Girls by Counting Crows

    As you know, song lyrics are often, but not always, related to the writer's personal life, and as such have a meaning that's not always common. At any rate, here are my best guesses:


    She comes out on Fridays every time
    Stands out in a line
    <waits in line to get into; e.g., a bar, a club, a concert>
    I could've been anyone she'd seen
    She waits another week to fall apart
    She couldn’t make another day
    I wish it was anyone but me
    It could've been anyone you see
    She had something breakable just under her skin
    She appeared strong, but her true self was the opposite>
    American girls, all weather & noise
    <weather as in unpredictable: stormy, happy, sad, etc.; noise as in. One person's writes, I like the description of American girls: unpredictable, versatile and alluring while fitting no stereotype, speaking their mind (that's what I get from "all weather and noise" and "playing the changes." I like this song, because it says that the American girl doesn't come a dime a dozen, and you might regret it if you take one for granted.

    Read more here http://www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php?lid=110020

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