The Verve Pipe
The Freshmen
Some of these references can be understood only from explanations by the songwriter, Brian Vander Ark. Explanations in navy are from comments he made about the meaning of the song on the Verve Pipe's web page.
Original Translation of Slang

When I was young I knew everything
She a punk who rarely ever took advice
Now I'm guilt stricken, sobbing with my head on the floor
Stop a baby's breath and a shoe full of rice


punk tough kid

Stop a baby's breath and a shoe full of rice Baby's breath is a kind of small flower usually included in wedding bouquets, and rice is also associated with weddings. However, according to Vander Ark, only the "shoe full of rice" is a wedding metaphor. "Stop a baby's breath" refers to an abortion his girlfriend had, thus making a wedding unnecessary

CHORUS
I can't be held responsible
'Cause she was touching her face
I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and we'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe we'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen



'Cause she was touching her face Vander Ark claims this line was inspired by the video of "I Touch Myself", by the Divinyls








freshmen students in the fist year of college (or high school) Inspired by Vander Ark's viewing of the film "The Freshman", with Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick

My best friend took a week's vacation to forget her
His girl took a week's worth of Valium and slept
Now he's guilt stricken sobbing with his head on the floor
Thinks about her now and how he never really wept he says

CHORUS


His girl inappropriate pronoun use. Vander Ark says this is really about his girlfriend, not the best friend's girlfriend Valium and slept
overdosed on prescription drugs and died

We've tried to wash our hands of all of this
We never talk of our lacking relationships
And how we're guilt stricken sobbing with our heads on the floor
We fell through the ice when we tried not to slip, we'd say

CHORUS

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and we'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe we'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen
We were merely freshmen
We were merely freshmen

  wash our hands of all of this not take responsibility and pretend it never happened

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