Two Weeks From Twenty

Album: Lights And Sounds (2005)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a 19-year-old guy named Jimmy who leaves his girlfriend to enlist in the military. He is killed by another soldier 2 weeks before his 20th birthday. The lines "There's still no shame from the man to blame" and "There's still no shame, and we're all to blame" show how much war affects the people involved. >>
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    Paige - New York, NY
  • Printz Board of The Black Eyed Peas provided the trumpet solo.
  • Yellowcard bassist Pete Mosely discussed the tune with Caught In The Crossfire: "It's the story of a G.I, it's got some anti-war sentiment in it, but it's not as openly political like – say – Propagandhi. It's very non-specific. It doesn't name names or point fingers, but it relates to an aspect of the American Armed Forces that I disagree with – the way they use cheap tricks to recruit kids out of high school. We're talking about kids that might not have the grades or money to move on to university, so the Forces come along and offer them this 'educational experience, get you ahead in life,' that kinda thing, and the kids often sign up for it – not really knowing that they'll end up going to war.

    In the song, Jimmy is a kid from a typical industrial town in New Jersey, who probably has a future working in a local factory ... but the factory gets shut down, so he has to take the only other opportunity he sees as available to him, and ends up going to war and dying at a young age. So it's not so much a song about war, as how it impacts on the lives of a young soldier and his family."
  • Frontman Ryan Key weighed in on the song's significance in a Rolling Stone interview. "That stretched the limits for us," he said. "It's this jazz-lounge anti-war song. You're listening to this super-smooth, jazzy groove, but we're talking about something that means a lot to us - and that's really cool. It's more intense subject matter than we've ever tried to tackle."

Comments: 7

  • Anthony from Charlotte, NcThis song is completely anti-war. I like the song but being a vet of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan it kind of rubs me the wrong way. What I never understand is how someone, in this case YC can have an opinion on something they haven't been through or quite frankly don't have the intestinal fortitude to serve. Congress may ultimately declare war, but we in the US armed forces know the there's a possibility that one day we may go to war. It's an all volunteer force, no one is forced to serve, so with that being said, I really don't want to hear about your opinion on something you have never experienced or don't have the balls to do, your opinion in this matter is irrelevant.
  • Dmitro from Toronto, OnI think the part where it says "he was dreaming of the ivy league since he was only 3ft tall" is saying he had a dream and that the fighting (war im guessing) killed him and his dreams which is sad because he was so young.
  • Matt from Coralville, Iathis song is defintaly a protest to war, its filled with a lot of to the point lines about the bands views. I like the mood of the song the most compared to everything else on the album. It shows that not just one person is affected by a person dieing.

    the only part i dont get it why he is 3ft tall. hmm...go figure.
  • Luella from New York, Nyi agree with Ashlee..i thought the line "theres still no shame from the man to blame" was about the president..cos i kno YC has a strong opinion on him... =]
  • Ashlee from HobartI thought that he just dies in battle, not gets shot by another soldier and that the "There's still no shame from the man to blame" line is about the president of America because he's to blame for the war in Iraq. I could be wrong though I guess
  • Shannon Mulvany from Spokane, WaThis is a really, really good song. I agree that the message of this song is meaningful. Definitely a highlight of the album.
  • Chrissy from ManchesterI love this song, I love Yellowcard more. I saw them live in Manchester (UK) in April and they were awesome. Ryan Key is amazing, as are all the band members. But anyways, back to this song. Definatly one of the highlights of the album, very meaningful.
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