"Headlights" as written by and Cat Power Chan Marshall....
Last thing I remember
Last thing I remember
Last thing I remember
Somebody was laughing in my ear
Last thing I remember
The sun was coming up
Last thing I remember
Last thing I remember
Hey the headlights are getting to
Close to me
Hey the headlights are cutting me
I can see
Somewhere above me
I can see
My friend weeping
My friend singing over me
Lifting her arms up to the sky
Lifting her arms up to the sky

Somewhere above me
I can hear
Like birds singing
Or are they weeping

Get up around eight X4
Let's make some coffee
And get real stoned
Hey let's play a record or two
A record or two X3

Hey the headlights are getting too
Close to me
Hey the headlights are cutting me
And I can see I'm alone
It's cold as hell X5


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"Headlights" as written by Chan Marshall

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it is her having hallucinations from being high. The "headlights" are just a bright light that she is hallucinating coming straight to her. "My friend weeping /
    My friend singing over me" is her imagining her friend is in front of her when (s)he is not really there at all. "Get up around eight X4 / Let's make some coffee / And get real stoned / Hey let's play a record or two" is her referring to the only thing she wants to do when she is high. "It's cold as hell" is her becoming sober and having withdrawal.
    lan56on August 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI did and always have interpreted this song as being a first-person narrative about someone's experience of dying in a car accident. "Last thing I remember.....", then the "headlights are getting too close to me" and "cutting me" sound like an oncoming car and then feeling the pain of being cut up in the collision. The narrator sees their friend "weeping" and "singing over them" and "lifting their arms up to the sky"; the friend is probably crying and try to flag down help, but the dying narrator interprets it as their friend singing and lifting up their arms to the sky. The talk about getting up at 8, making coffee and getting stoned is probably the last thing this person heard before the crash happened– the other people in the car simply making a plan for the next morning; "we'll play a record or two". If you hear the original version of this song on the 10" single there is an additional verse at the end where the narrator describes dried flowers that are hung around a home and that they are now lying above her (much like how they lie flowers on a casket), and that "they are saying I'm okay", then the refrain "I'm alone, it's cold as hell". So, essentially it's a first-person perspective of someone dying in a car accident and witnessing their own burial as they are being put into the ground. Really haunting song.
    scottdoesntknow628on January 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis seems to me that she was run over by a car:
    "Last thing i remember
    Hey the headlights are getting to
    Close to me"

    And then it seems that she dies, and then some kind of afterlife?

    Sorry I didn't analyze in more detail.
    SweetBlondieon February 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone version of this song is "my friend weeping over me, my friend screaming over me"
    zubakelon January 21, 2014   Link

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