Bad luck comes in from Tampa
Bad luck comes in from Tampa
On the back of a truck
Doing ninety up the interstate
We have bad dreams the night he rolls in
We have bad dreams the night he rolls in
And we try to keep our sprits high
But they flag and they wane
When the truck pulls up out front
In the light spring rain
And they sag like withering flowers
Let the good times roll on
Through these first few desperate hours

Yeah the driver drops his cargo at the curb
The driver drops his cargo at the curb
And the sun peeks in
Like a killer through the curtain
And when cloven hoof prints turn up in the garden
Yeah when cloven hoof prints turn up in the garden
We keep up the good fight
We keep our spirits light
But they draw like flies
And there's a stomach-churning shift
In the way the land lies
And they lean like towers
On a hillside struggling to stand
Through these first few desperate hours
Yeah


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    General CommentI'm thinking the cargo being referred to is all their stuff that they couldn't fit in the car when they made the trip to tallahassee. and thus indicative of finalizing their move even though, by now, they've realized this was not such a good idea. (I could be wrong on this.)

    the other part, I would think, quite obviously is trying to stay positive when the foundation of your new life is crumbling.
    three star saluteon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is a real love american anthem, one of the greatest american songs i have ever enjoyed
    llamilon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlyrics correction: "we keep up the good fight *to* keep our spirits light but they *drop* like flies"
    erratickon October 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree. Everything's definitely finalizing, becoming more permanent, and they want to want to want to keep positive, but then every little thing compounds, it's worse than they thought, or wanted to believe at least.
    valerie2776on March 29, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI had always thought that this song may have been about domestic terrorism - perhaps the Oklahoma City bombing - the line "On the back of a truck" has particular resonance there.
    ...though, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 911 bombings, maybe "And they lean like towers
    On a hillside struggling to stand, Through these first few desperate hours" has some more (if not accidental) chilling power.
    arthereticon September 05, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"And when cloven hoof prints turn up in the garden" reminds me of the Amityville Horror, but i'm not sure how that would related to the overall theme of the song/album
    Hirostratuson October 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti always thought it was about drug dealing. maybe that has to do with the trip from asheville to atlanta where i only had the one tape, but....that's what i got.
    TheEelon October 05, 2005   Link

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