"You Can Sleep While I Drive" as written by and Melissa Etheridge....
Come on baby let's get out of this town
I got a full tank of gas with the top rolled down
There's a chill in my bones
I don't want to be left alone
So baby you can sleep while I drive
I'll pack my bag and load up my guitar
In my pocket I'll carry my harp
I got some money I saved
Enough to get underway
And baby you can sleep while I drive

We'll go thorough Tucson up to Santa Fe
And Barbara in Nashville says we're welcome to stay
I'll buy you glasses in Texas a hat from New Orleans
And in the morning you can tell me your dreams

You know I've seen it before
This mist that covers your eyes
You've been looking for something
That's not in your life
My intentions are true
Won't you take me with you
And baby you can sleep while I drive

Oh is it other arms you want to
Hold you the stranger
The lover you're free
Can't you get that with me

Come on baby let's get out of this town
I got a full tank of gas with the top rolled down
If you won't take me with you
I'll go before night is through
And baby you can sleep while I drive


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"You Can Sleep While I Drive" as written by Melissa Etheridge

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    General CommentA great song. Who hasn't sometimes the wish to go far away and leave everything behind?
    EvaLunaon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmelissa has here a masterpiece.
    thatpartydresson June 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMelissa is talking about how she broke up with her girlfriend or how their relationship is on the rocks, and the desire to patch things up. She's so desperate to spend more time with her, that she begs her girlfriend to go on a road trip for her- to get away from where they are, to see things in a new perspective. Melissa will drive, and pay for gas and worry about everything, just for the joy of being in her presence again. Yet, Melissa's angry- why can't she feel the same way, need her in the same way? And yet, if she told Melissa that she didn't want to see her anymore, Melissa would leave. She just needs a definite answer, no matter how much it hurts.
    _biggreenmonkey_on July 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNo, biggreenmonkey, you are wrong.


    It's about her and a former lover Kathleen wanting MELISSA to go with her... about which she wrote in her book :

    '"You Can Sleep While I Drive" is my recollection of that time on the road with Kathleen saying, "Come on, baby, let's get out of this town. Let's do that again." We were really together during those weeks on the road, and I wanted to try and recapture that bonded feeling we shared."



    Here is also the original lyrics. You can find all this information in Melissa's autobiography "The Truth Is..."



    Come on baby let's get out of this town
    I got a full tank of gas with the top rolled down
    I knew it last night when we were lyin' in bed
    You had visions of the highway in your head
    I'll pack my bag and load up my guitar
    In my pocket I'll carry my harp

    We'll cross tge desert and watch the moon rise
    And you can sleep while I drive
    I've seen it before this mist that covers your eyes
    You'll say that you're searching for something that's not in your life

    And when the road calls out won't you take me with you
    I'll let you sleep while I drive
    We got through winter we're sheltered from the cold
    We cried through nights and swore we'd never let go
    And so the warm weather came whispering your name
    And you think of all the lovers you knew
    And if I can't go with you I'll go before the nights is through
    And you can sleep, sleep while I drive

    We'll go through Tuscon up to Santa Fe
    and Barbara in Nashville says we're welcome to stay
    I'll buy you glasses in Texas a hat down in New Orleans
    In the morining you can tell me your dreams

    Me, I've never been to Montreal I didn't know that you had
    I guess you forgot to call
    We can stay with your friends no I wont mind at all
    I'm sure they'll be glad to see you again

    You've had others who shared the miles and you night's bed
    I always let you go free just like we said it should be
    Loving is hard with wide open arms
    I'll let you come let you go
    Got a good spare Brand new stereo
    Just washed my car you know she's ready to go
    There's nothing here to hold me down
    I won't be turning around
    And baby you can sleep while I drive

    Oh if it's others arms you want to
    Hold you the stranger the lover
    You're free, why can't you find that with me
    teslanicholeon December 18, 2006   Link

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