=28= Comfort Song: Belle of the Boulevard

Belle of the Boulevard by Dashboard Confessional

Down in a local bar
Out on the boulevard
The sound of an old guitar
Is saving you from sinking
It’s a long way down
It’s a long way

Back like you never broke
You tell a dirty joke
He touches your leg and thinks he’s getting close
For now you let him just this once
Just for now
And just like that – it’s over

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard for the belle of the boulevard

In all your silver rings
And all your silken things
That song you softly sing
Is keeping you from breaking
It’s a long way down
It’s a long way

Back here you never loved
You’ve shaked the shivers off
You take a drink to get your courage up
Can you believe it
Just this once
Just for now
And just like that
It’s over

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard for the belle of the boulevard

Please hold on – it’s alright
Please hold on – it’s alright
Please hold on
Please hold on
Please hold on

Down in a local bar
Out on the boulevard
The sound of an old guitar
Is saving you

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard for the belle of the boulevard

Oh how I love Dashboard Confessional(Ironically i do not have any album from them). I remember listening to this song on the radio back like 3/4 years ago and being etched to my brain for a long time. Yet i couldn’t find it on Youtube. For i had trouble spelling ‘belle’. Well, Comfort Songs are always awesome. I guess the phrase ‘Dry your eyes, Dry your eyes’ really struck me. I know how comforting it was to have your tears wiped away. I long for the day when i can do it for someone. It doesn’t even have to be my significant other, it could be someone close to me, someone who trusted me. The lyrics are amazing, of course, its Dashboard! People who used words, that aren’t very much used, in songs like this are amazing. The word ‘belle’ (as hard as it was to spell it) was used in such a clever way. He was writing about a girl which he considered one of the most beautiful woman he has ever known. Instead of using mediocre words, he chose ‘belle’ which meaning is this: a beautiful girl or woman, esp. the most beautiful at a particular event or in a particular group. He chose such a sophisticated word to describe a girl. Now i wish i could as well. But the sad part is that he was writing to her after they have lost touch and he was sad at how far she fallen away from him. I believe we all have our ‘belle’ in mind. Lets just treasure our relationships with people and work hard to maintain it.