"Road Cases" as written by and Patterson Hood/mike Cooley/ Earl Hicks/rob Malone/brad Morgan....
Got them pretty road cases
Protect our asses, protect our faces, protect our guitars, protect our amps.
Got them pretty road cases throw them out an airplane and they'll just bounce

Paint our name on them road cases, stencil and white spray paint
"Drive-by Truckers" on every one or maybe just "DBT"
Gonna get ourselves a big tour bus, maybe even an airplane
Fly around the world and back.
Hope it don't run out of gas.

Got them pretty road cases

Someday we'll hock our road cases, when we don't need them anymore
To pay off that big cocaine dealer (the only thing they're useful for)
One day we'll sell our road cases, when we don't need them anymore
When we outlive our usefulness,
The only thing road cases are useful for.

Got them pretty road cases.

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"Road Cases" as written by Earl Hicks Brad Morgan


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    General CommentInspired Patterson by seeing all those old ARS road cases in the various pawn shops and music stores around Athens and Atlanta. ARS is the Atlanta Rhythm Section to all you young ones. There were big in the day.
    DBT dadon July 22, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about dealing cocaine as a fledgling band in order to support themselves.
    The road cases "proctect [their] asses, protect [their] faces" because they are using them to smuggle drugs.
    They contemplate putting their full name on the cases, then just "DBT", in case an authority figure happens across them and they can claim ignorance.
    They have plans to get "[themselves] a big tour bus, maybe even an airplane" alluding to the possibility that success as a band plus drug dealing money might allow them extra money for upgrading their means of travel.
    In the end, they either have to sell off the road cases themselves to pay back the higher-up dealer whom they got their supply from because, I assume, they did most of the drugs themselves... or they just say that they're selling off the cases to allude to selling the drugs in the cases to pay the dealer.
    yobroon November 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe first verse "protect our asses...protect our amps" reminds me heavily of the Lord's Prayer. Perhaps it is the way it is sung but I immediately associated those words with the prayer when I first heard the song. I think I'll say these words to myself whenever I'm on the road or about to go on stage.

    In a way, the song is musician's prayer asking for protection from the path other bands took with drugs and life.
    Zerosum62on July 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm fucking hungover I feel like death. I need beer but I wanted to point out the running out of gas with relevance to drugs mentioned
    bkabbotton January 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWow bkabbott you were that hungover and made the observation. I'm not sure if I agree with you. But you are an incredible individual, like Phil Hellmuth.
    bkabbotton January 08, 2014   Link

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