"Petrol" as written by Tim Wheeler and Mark Alexander Hamilton....
The cars come up the drive, so many people inside,
Under the stars they smile,
They want to invade my home
I pace the darkened hall, try to consider it all
In the dull lamps glow
And the truth is I don't know

The cars stop outside, they all stay inside
The house is drenched in light,
But what have I done wrong?
I quietly climb the stairs,
I remember all the years,
I check everything is right I need to hurry-now!

I've been preparing for days,
I know exactly what to say
'No one will be around, no one will take me down'
They'll all get in back in the cars,
And maybe they'll go home
But the things they'll never know,
Like where it is I go

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"Petrol" as written by Tim Wheeler Mark Alexander Hamilton

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    General CommentVery strange song. It's about some guys that goes to pick up a lonely boy,but him doesn't wanna go down with they,cause he prefer to go in a personal hidden place
    Giovane_Culoon July 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dunno what the song's about but i love it.

    The guitar riff is amazing. Quite possibly my favourite ash song.
    Kelly Joneson January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a lynching.
    xpixiexon August 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo idea on this one; great song though, love the end of each verse with the "know", "now" and "go" leading into the fantastic riff.

    Check out the version on Live at the Wireless, just as amazing.
    shakermaker123on June 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI remember reading an interview once where Tim Wheeler said this song recounted his experiences growing up with the violence that was consuming Ireland at the time.

    The lyrics depict a scared kid caught up in that political violence -- maybe they were coming for his parents, maybe they were just rounding people up in general, maybe it was a case of mistaken identity.

    Either way, Wheeler is from Northern Ireland and grew up at a time when the violence was very much a real thing, and both sides were taking political prisoners and killing each other off.
    xystophoroson January 28, 2010   Link

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