Hop Along - Prior Things Lyrics




Just a few minutes after taking them I realized
Hundreds of buzzing flies were all over me

I looked up and there you were, reading
You were on your own, you were on vacation
You were on vacation
Vacation means "leave"
Means "obliterate all prior things"

Here, why don't I try
Why don't I try to make you mine?
Why is a lack of imagination the crime?
Why don't I try
Why don't I try to make you mine?
Why don't I back you up against this moment?

So when you finally go
And when you choose to go
I resume my little lower road
And nobody needs to know
Will know that I ever meant to leave
My little lower road

I watch the bird feeder out back in my parents' yard
The weight of that bluejay
The bully steals it all

And what must happen in your mind
When you create those silences?
Well never mind, I don't want to see
I know it's got nothing to do with me

Here, why don't I try
Why don't I try to move aside?
I'm still soft, I'm still in my prime
Why don't I try
Why don't I try to move aside
I'm still soft, it's still my time

And when you finally go
When you choose to go
I resume my little lower road
And nobody needs to know
Will know that I ever meant to meant to leave
My little lower road

And when you finally go
When you choose to go
I resume my little lower road
And nobody needs to know
Will know that I was only holding your place on this
Your little lower road





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Hop Along Prior Things Comments
  1. A Isaiah Cosey

    This is some good fuckin music yo

  2. Schieber1234

    goddamn. this is one of the best songs ever created.

  3. Derrick Crump

    This song is the sound of finally feeling free

  4. mata schmata

    I love all of her music, old and new. She never lost her charm.

  5. AJ Convery

    SO Much Yes.

  6. 289 CABBAGE KID

    I LOVE THIS FRICKING SONG

  7. Joe Wellman

    I’ve never heard a rock song so interestingly and intricately arranged, that is at the same time, so emotionally impactful. Their best work to date

  8. sean13p

    First listen I wasn't too impressed and now a month later and I listen daily

  9. happy camper

    I never knew that I needed to hear Frances stretch "road" out to "roh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oad", but it's totally my favorite part of one of my favorite songs of this first half of the year!

  10. Brad Adrian Williams

    Awesome

  11. Jeff G

    Coming to Des Moines in August can't wait

  12. ZOWA Live

    My little lower road.

  13. Jake Long

    Really like the sound, but I think the lyrics need some work. They're relying a bit too much on stock phrasing and exhausted metaphor. I would like a bit more imagery, or if they are going to use abstractions, they need something concrete to ground it. The lyric "keep him back up against this moment" or some such lyric was really good, because the image of being cornered against an abstraction has sufficient concrete visualization to ground and interpret the abstraction of the moment. I'll probably end up listening to this band anyway because it sounds really good (particularly like the singer's voice), but I think they could stand to improve by refining their writing.

    Sarah

    This comment and your opinion is hilarious to me.

    Daniel Strano

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion on art, but I think you're really missing the broader context of Quinlan's lyrics. I write formalist poetry and seek out lyrical strength and character to the point of it being all that carries certain music for me. On the whole, personally, I think Quinlan is a lyrical virtuoso, besides her other talents. This lyric is simpler, but it's alright to occasionally write a simpler lyric in the context of one's entire catalog, particularly to wrap up this album on this note. Even so, it's still a fantastic lyric.

    Elijah Robinson

    I agree that they need more concreteness in their lyrics, disagree that they rely on "stock phrasing and exhausted metaphor"

    Ciaran O Sullivan

    @Blergh Afgba yj

  14. AniviaPLS

    This song is so fucking good

  15. Abel Ramirez

    This is my favorite song right now

  16. patcharisma

    Very nice - reminds me of the early Cardigans-Records from the 90's - when they were good...
    (Pat, Switzerland)

  17. shaun pilling

    this is so fucking gorgeous. i've been listening to bark the whole day and this is still not only ringing true to as being the best song on the album, but probably the second best hop along song i've ever heard. it breaks my heart and uplifts me every time. this is what music is supposed to do.

    shaun pilling

    also i got tickets for the album release on the 7th and i think i might cry when this plays

    shaun pilling

    update: I did

    shaun pilling

    update: listening to this 2 weeks after and still crying.

    Ollie w

    What is your #1song of hop along just curious? Texas funeral? Well dressed?

  18. MrWiethaus

    This album is great. Lots of great songs on here. I hope we get a few music videos. This last song is on repeat right now.

  19. Independence City Motoring

    Some of Philly's finest right here...

  20. Kingsley Davis

    NPR shows snippet music.

  21. Laura Garcia

    Me encanta ♡

  22. Jakub Puławski

    best song I've heard this year, love you guys <3

  23. Sara G

    Just a few minutes after taking them I realized
    Hundreds of buzzing flies were all over me

    I looked up and there you were, reading
    You were on your own, you were on vacation
    You were on vacation
    Vacation means "leave"
    Means "obliterate all prior things"

    Here, why don't I try
    Why don't I try to make you mine?
    Why is a lack of imagination the crime?
    Why don't I try
    Why don't I try to make you mine?
    Why don't I back you up against this moment?

    So when you finally go
    And when you choose to go
    I resume my little road
    And nobody needs to know
    Will know that I ever meant to leave
    My little lower road

    I watch the bird feeder out back in my parents' yard
    The weight of that bluejay
    The bully steals it all

    And what must happen in your mind
    When you create those silences
    Well never mind, never mind, I don't want to see
    I know it's got nothing to do with me

    Here, why don't I try
    Why don't I try to move aside?
    I'm still soft, I'm still in my prime
    Why don't I try
    Why don't I try to move aside
    I'm still soft, it's still my time

    And when you finally go
    When you choose to go
    I resume my little road
    And nobody needs to know
    Will know that I ever meant to meant to leave
    My little lower road

    And when you finally go
    When you choose to go
    I resume my little road
    And nobody needs to know
    Will know that I was only holding your place on this
    Your little lower road

    Delta Giant

    Sara G it's a lyric video, so...okay.

    Jordan Cashen

    We appreciate the effort though keep that same energy

    Felipe Vega

    You would not believe your eyes...

  24. Farhan Fahmi

    Already on my 5th repeat 💖 💕

  25. LostLemuria

    Omg this song punched me in the face - but like in a good way

  26. Nathan Wink

    preordered thank you guys for kicking butt still

  27. alexanderespinoza

    Hyped on the lyrics! It's too easy for people to gloss over the stories she tells.

    Known Unkowns

    I have to admit, in terms of evincing meaning, some of her lyrics are lost on me, they just don't resonate; but nonetheless, I love finding lyrics which fall outside my norm of interpretation. It's a window into a comparatively alien way of seeing the world, which is both confusing and intruiging.

    Cj Taylor

    Known Unkowns great perspective you have there.

    alexanderespinoza

    Known Unkowns Definitely. Some of her shit is cryptic as fuck, *looks at Get Disowned* but it's fun trying to figure out what the context/meaning is.

  28. Nero7713

    So damn happy I pre-ordered the album. It's looking to be fantastic so far, I can't wait

  29. Mikey Madnez

    I like this.
    This is good.
    I will listen to it again.
    I will suggest to others to listen to this as well.

  30. A Half Assed Username

    Been listening to Painted Shut nonstop for two years. Definitely buying this album.

  31. Ashley Mensching

    delicious. ❤