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The Story So Far Letterman Meaning and Review

Updated: Mar 22


A Softer Side of The Story So Far

The Story So Far has always been a band adept at capturing the raw energy and angst of pop-punk. With "Letterman", they showcase a different side: vulnerability and introspection that feels fresh but undeniably rooted in their trademark sound.


Melodic Shift

From the opening lines, "Letterman" pulls back on the band's usual intensity. Parker Cannon's vocals shift from his signature shouts to a melodic delivery with a plaintive ache. The softer guitar lines create a reflective mood, perfectly matching the melancholy of the lyrics.


Heartbreak and Lingering Pain

Lyrically, "Letterman" dives into familiar territory – the lingering pain of heartbreak. The imagery of a letterman jacket, a symbol of bygone love and belonging, is poignant.  Lines like, "There's no point in making nice/ I know the price," speak to a struggle to move on, even when acceptance feels like the only option.


Nostalgia & Evolution

While softer than the band's usual output, "Letterman" carries a touch of wistful pop-punk nostalgia that echoes TSSF's earlier work. This balance will resonate with longtime fans as well as those who enjoy a less aggressive pop-punk style.


TSSF Letterman Review 

"Letterman" is an excellent indicator of The Story So Far's evolution. It shows a band unafraid to explore nuance and a more vulnerable sound without losing their core identity. If "Letterman" is any indication, "I Want To Disappear" promises to be an album that delivers both depth and the singalong anthems fans love.


Listen to The Story So Far Letterman 



Letterman The Story So Far Lyrics Meaning 

Pain of a Breakup


At its core, "Letterman" is a song about the lingering heartache after a relationship ends. The speaker is trying to navigate the complex mixture of longing, frustration, and a desire to move on.


Verse


The opening lines suggest a feeling of being misunderstood or accused. The speaker pleads for understanding, emphasizing they aren't hiding anything.

The image of being spun "like a ceiling fan" conveys a sense of disorientation and helplessness in the face of the breakup.


Chorus

"There's no point in making nice": Acceptance of the pain and the futility of trying to sugarcoat the reality of the situation.

"I know the price...down and out": Acknowledging the emotional toll heartbreak takes.

"Fantasize...accept it": Reveals the inner struggle between wishing things were different and the need to face the truth of the relationship being over.


Refrain

"Wear your pride just like a letterman": This is where the imagery is powerful. A letterman jacket symbolizes past achievements and belonging. Perhaps the ex is wearing their pride as a way to project that they're moving on, while the speaker feels adrift.

"I'm your rubber band, man": This line suggests a desire to snap back to how things were, but recognizing the unlikelihood.

"Won't try you...second glance": A resolve to resist reaching out or holding onto false hope.


Post-Chorus

This section reveals a raw internal battle. The speaker wants to appear unaffected ("don't think I'm excited at all"), but admits the deep desire to call their ex.

"Can't get involved...don't wanna be here at all": Conflicting feelings of longing mixed with knowing they shouldn't reconnect.

"Do you notice at all?": A flicker of hope that perhaps the pain is shared, not one-sided.


TSSF Letterman Meaning


"Letterman" doesn't provide tidy resolutions. It captures the messy, non-linear process of trying to heal from heartbreak.  The song highlights the struggle between:


Intellect vs. Emotion: Knowing you need to accept a breakup, but your heart desperately wanting reconciliation.

Pride vs. Vulnerability: Projecting an image of strength while internally crumbling.

Letting Go vs. Holding On: The push and pull between resisting the temptation to reach out and clinging to the faintest hope of things changing.



Letterman The Story So Far Lyrics

[Verse]

Look behind me then you'll understand

I'm not hiding any other man

To be honest I don't understand

How you spin me like a ceiling fan

(Just like a ceiling fan)


[Chorus]

There's no point in making nice

I know the price

'Cause I know all about the down and out, I get it

'Cause even if I close my eyes and fantasize

It's never gonna help me admit that you're gone and to just accept it


[Refrain]

Wear your pride just like a letterman

(Just like a lettеrman)

Wrap me tight, I'm your rubber band, man

(I'm your rubber band, man)

I won't try you еven though I can

(Even though I can)

Slide on by without a second glance

(Second glance)


[Chorus]

There's no point in making nice

I know the price

'Cause I know all about the down and out, I get it

'Cause even if I close my eyes and fantasize

It's never gonna help me admit that you're gone and to just accept it


[Post-Chorus]

So don't think that I'm excited at all

And you know that I've been dying to call

But I can't get involved

I don't wanna be here at all

(Don't wanna be here at all)

Do you notice at all?


[Refrain]

Wear your pride just like a letterman

(Just like a letterman)

Wrap me tight, I'm your rubber band, man

(I'm your rubber band, man)

I won't try you even though I can

(Even though I can)

Slide on by without a second glance

(Second glance)


[Chorus]

There's no point in making nice

I know the price

'Cause I know all about the down and out, I get it

'Cause even if I close my eyes and fantasize

It's never gonna help me admit that you're gone and to just accept it

(I know that you're gone and I can't forget it)

Admit that you're gone and just accept it

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