The king of the jailhouse
And the queen of the road
Think sharing the burden will lighten the load
So they pack up their troubles
In an old Cadillac
That's her in the mirror, asleep in the back

Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
That I can't see
That I can't see

And they don't give the answers
At the end of the test
So you can't simply stand there and hope for the best
So wake me up at the border
When we reach Mexico
I'll tell you a secret I don't even know

Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
That I can't see
That I can't see

Honey, I don't wanna turn around
And go back there – do you?
I think you know something I don't know
That I need to

Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
That I can't see
That I can't see
That I can't see


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    General CommentThis is a wonderful song... perhaps not so catchy as others but it has wonderfull lyrics and a kind of terrible sadness on it-
    I love roadmovies and THE FORGOTTEN ARM should be turn into one, specially this song.
    "think sharing the burdain will lighten the load"

    This is one of the Amee's most solid stories in her deep world of 3 minute books-
    astridronderoon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe sense I get of this is, again it's based on my own personal experiences combined with what the song says to me, is of a point in time where you, here you being the female, have nothing to lose any more and are kind of just living on vitamin c and cocaine, as the Dead once sang. Speaking of the Dead, it kind of relates to the whole thing of those people who followed them around. I could never doing anything like that, but I always looked at those people from afar in a sort of admiring way. I guess it just seems like I would get insecure about sort of unmooring myself like that with no real income and just partying and letting it roll. My style was to sit there and party myself silly, but still have a steady day job. I am neurotic and possibly insane, but I have learned how to funnell it. So this song, though, is in the perspective of a couple that kind of jointly is running away, escaping whatever crime they or he has committed, knowing they are in some ways irrevocably chaning their lives. And it is just opening the window into that moment where you are kind of in a limbo before you go down the tubes completely.. it's a freeing moment. It's a time when you finally feel like you can accept yourself at a very premlinary level. All the crap gets stripped away. Later, if you make it, you might do this yet again, but getting more towards an end game in terms of your ascension, as I will call it. But that's just talk.. I see this song in a very cinematic way, meaning that I don't exactly connect it to hard and fast reality per se, it has more of an imagery, and atmosphere, and conceptional/emotional impact. Aimee is a friend of PT Anderson - remember that she had that great song in "Magnolia", which isn't my favorite PT Anderson film. I'm partial to "Boogie Nights", which is imperfect, but it's totally totally original, I totally totally get it.. kind of like a Scorsese "Casino"... not necessarily a tried and true masterpiece, in the conventional sense, film... but the originality and the innovation, and the rock 'n roll-ness of it and the statement it makes, and the conversation it has with you.. what it means, is what stays with so much more than just a typical good film...
    caucasianon May 21, 2010   Link

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