"Days of Graduation" as written by and Patterson Hood/mike Cooley/ Earl Hicks/rob Malone/brad Morgan....
Bobby went out for a joy ride with my best girl
Left me at the party,
He was my best friend and I miss him.
It was almost June and the moon illuminated the rain-soaked streets like a candy wrapper.
I guess that's why Bobby had his lights off,
Tear-assing threw the back part of town and those deserted country roads where me and Bobby tear-assed so many times before.
Sometimes with my best girl and sometimes Bobby had him one too.

But this night he banked that curve just a little too hard and that 442 went airborne,
Hit a telephone pole and split in two, Bobby's skull was split right in two,
And my girl was pinned in her seat, partially embedded in the dashboard
And for the next twenty minutes the only sound in the night were her screams.
And the sound of the wheel still spinning.

In a little while the ambulance came and the sound of its siren mixed
With the screaming girl and the spinning wheel.

But when the story was told the next day at the graduation ceremony,
Everyone said that when the ambulance came
The paramedics could hear "Free Bird" still playing on the stereo.

You know it's a very long song.

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"Days of Graduation" as written by Earl Hicks Brad Morgan


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    General CommentThe thing I think I like most about the Drive-By Truckers... They don't sugar coat anything. Everybody I've seen listen to this song shuddered at least once during the song. Wow.
    zefferonion June 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite albums, and I believe there couldn't possibly be a better intro track than this. It sets the tone perfectly, with the final seconds before the real music starts you're imagining a car wreck with wheels spinning, dying teenagers, and Free Bird playing on the radio. It doesn't get much more real than that. "You know its a very, very long song."
    differentstrokes5on April 05, 2012   Link

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