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Little kids playing in the park downtown.
Someone's dad is watching
From the side of the playground.
I'm following my shadow so I cross the street.
Car passing stereo I like the beat.
Open up the door,
Turning on the fan.
Dropping down the keys that I held in my hand,
And then start waiting for her steps
To be heard in the staircase,
Enter the room and let down her bag.
Asking me all kinds of trivial questions,
Pretending an everyday life we don't have.

Little kids playing in the park downtown.
Soon they'll be all gone as the sun goes down.
Little kids playing in the park downtown.
Soon they'll be all gone as the sun goes down.
And rises over, Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow,
Hours later I will follow,
Wake up to a life that's hollow without love

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    jenniferjferrisOct 13, 2008 at 9:59 pm
    Underneath this song's cheery notes, and whimsical lyrics, I believe there lies a great ache of regret. I believe this song is about a chap who goes to see his old lover with whom he has at least one child maybe two—the little kids playing in the park downtown. He lets himself into her apartment or house and waits for her return. When she does, they keep the conversation superficial and light, though they haven’t seen each other for awhile—both trying to avoid the regret and past that they share. They “pretend” that they don’t have a past and are not the parents of these children or child. What leads me to believe this is the way the song lyrics run together: “Pretending in everyday life we don’t have…Little kids playing in the park downtown.” And of course, he will wake up to a life that’s hollow without the love of his old lover, and maybe without the love of his own children who are portrayed as distant, unknown characters in the song.

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