Routine Maintenance – Song and Lyrics by Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties


Discover the poetic beauty in ‘Routine Maintenance’ by Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

All of us here under the same roof again
I’m sitting in your favorite chair
Playing with the fraying threads
I’m sleeping in Catherine’s room
In a twin-sized bed
She shares mine with Colin because it’s got more space for him
And Pop, she’s ain’t in any shape, to take care of anything

So I’ll bring him to school, and tell him that it’s okay
I try to look half put-together
So the teachers know he’s safe
I’m raking the leaves, unclogging the drain
Someone you can count on for a change

Out in the garage I tune on the evening news
Mom needs her oil changed, it’s 6 months overdue
And I spent those freezing nights, shaking out here with you
Holding the flashlight still, guess I learned a thing or two
And Colin seems interested, so I act like I’m good at this
So I pull out the plug, and let it drain
Trying to find a filter to replace
So I’m doing the wash and touching up the paint
I’m tryna someone you can count on for a change

And in the years since we spread your ashes
Sammy got traded to L.A. and then to Kansas
In the years since everything happened
I’ve been out looking for where the light went
I think I’ve found out where the light is

So I’m packing his lunch and I’m going to bed
I don’t want to see how dark the night gets
And I’m shoveling snow
And I’m fixing the gate
I’m going to be someone you can count on for a change