"Bummed Out City" as written by Joe Strummer, Scott Shields, Martin Paul Slattery, Tymon Dogg and Pablo Cook....
It was me, drove off the off ramp
Of the sweetheart highway
It was me, I admit I had the map
This is what I gotta say

We're in Bummed Out City
That's what the sign says
I plead your mercy and your pity
Is not life a mirror maze

The hardware store is never open
Until the quarter of the moon
Let's leave town before the rodeo
Rides in with the typhoon

We're in Bummed Out City
So come on, let's operate
Let's open a disc brake parlor
No, it never is too late
Before you know it you'll be in Bummed Out City
In a cloud of dust and rust
And all the dogs biting on your exhaust pipe
Even they gonna show you trust

And it was me, drove off the off ramp
Of the sweetheart highway
It was me, I admit I had the map
This is what I gotta say

We're in Bummed Out City
That's what the sign says
I plead your mercy and your pity
Is not life a mirror maze

We're in Bummed Out City
That's what the sign says
I plead your mercy and your pity
Is not life a mirror maze

We're in Bummed Out City
That's what the sign says
I plead your mercy and your pity
Is not life a mirror maze

We're in Bummed Out City
I plead your mercy and your pity
Is not life a mirror maze


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"Bummed Out City" as written by Joe Strummer Pablo Cook

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    General CommentI def. see where you're coming from, i heard joe say it live once that it was about getting lost driving with his wife, hense the "And it was me, drove off the ramp, of the sweetheart highway, It was me, I admit I had the map" i had the sense that it's a very much a free way to look at romantic love, like a "we're gonna drive off the ramp together" something i dont think joe would put so obvious in his songs, he always seemed to have a way at hiding romance. but yeah, you are dead on with thelma and louise, but it's him and his wife.
    GabeWolfon October 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNo comments? Seriously!

    Life is the same everywhere you turn.
    But it's never too late to try.

    I don't know if I've got it right for
    "And it was me, drove off the ramp,
    of the sweetheart highway,
    It was me, I admit I had the map"

    Coz I'm imagining a Thelma and Louise style escape.
    Anyone?
    RettAlexison November 03, 2008   Link

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