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Tragically Hip - Escape is at Hand for the Travellin' Man

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Published on May 3, 2007

Escape is at Hand for the Travellin Man from Phantom Power

It was our third time in New York
It was your fourth time in New York
We were fifth and sixth on the bill
We talk a little about our bands
Talk a little of our future plans
It's not like we were best friends

That number scheme comes back to me
In times beyond our heartbeat

We hung around 'til the final band called
"Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin' Man"
You yelled in my ear, this music speaks to me
They launched into, "Lonely From Rock 'n Roll"
Followed by, "They Checked Out An Hour Ago"
Closing with, "All Desires Turn Concrete"

Those melodies come back to me
Time beyond our heartbeat

I guess I'm too slow, yes, I'm too, yes, I'm too slow
But you said anytime of the day was fine
You said anytime of the night was also fine

I walked through your revolving door
Got no answer on the seventh floor
Elevator gave a low moan
The pigeons sagged the wire with their weight
Listening to the singing chambermaid
She sang, "They Checked Out An Hour Ago", and chuckled

Those melodies come back to me
Time beyond our heartbeat

I guess I'm too slow, yes, I'm too, yes, I'm too slow
But you said anytime of the day was fine
You said anytime of the night was also fine

Our heartbeat, our heartbeat, our heartbeat

Long conversation or idle chit chat
Maybe dive in or maybe hang back
Idle conversation or idle chit chat
Maybe dive in or maybe hang back

Comments • 75

Creaulx
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http://www.hipmuseum.com/escape.html Knowing the story behind the tune makes it even better. A personal fave.
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BlurryBigfoot
I just finished the final concert and I don't want the night to end.
Squirrel
Yes, Jim Ellison of Material Issue died in 1996 of a suicide. They met him in NY at a show ( as the song says ) & they invited him to stay in their room as he was sick & MI was staying in their van. They never saw him again & then heard he died....the song is about Jim 
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Food Ink
One of my all time faves... This music is so powerful!
Anel Zadic
Rest in peace Jim Ellison. 
Justin Fisher
Thank you, Gord Downie, for 30 Magical Years -Howard Mandshein
Christopher Green
His words just capture perfect imagery. And the story flows within the music. Always have felt they are the tightest band, perfect timing.
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Aero Ozey
RIP Gordie. <3
CalgaryDynastar
One of the most beautiful songs ever written
kem1kal
you yelled in my ear "this music speaks to me"
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