"Wreck of the Day" as written by and Anna Nalick....
Driving away from the wreck of the day
And the light's always red in the rear-view.
Desperately close to a coffin of hope
I'd cheat destiny just to be near you.

And if this is givin' up
Then I'm givin' up.
If this is givin' up
Then I'm givin' up, givin' up.
On love, on love

Driving away from the wreck of the day
And I'm thinking 'bout calling on Jesus.

'Cause love doesn't hurt, so I know I'm not fallin' in love
I'm just fallin' to pieces

And if this is givin' up
Then I'm givin' up.
If this is givin' up
Then I'm givin' up, givin' up.
On love, on love

And maybe I'm not off of being a victim of love
All my resistance will never be distance enough

Driving away from the wreck of the day
And it's finally quiet in my head.
Driving alone
I'm finally on my way home to the comfort of my bed.

And if this is givin' up
Then I'm givin' up.
If this is givin' up
Then I'm givin' up, givin' up.
On love, on love


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"Wreck of the Day" as written by Anna Christine Nalick

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  • +3
    General CommentIt seems to be more about walking away from a bad relationship/crush/obsession. "the light's always red in the rearview" reminds me of the saying "hindsight is always 20/20". "Desperately close to a coffin of hope" ... hope, in this case, being a bad thing, because if she keeps hoping for things to work out she'll never let go and move on.

    "thinking about calling on Jesus" -- for strength? and the whole "love doesn't hurt so I know I'm not falling in love" (which is my favorite line btw) shows she knows what love is and this isn't it.

    The whole "if this is giving up then I'm giving up" seems to be more about "call it what you will, this is bad for me, I'm walking away". Which to me is just reinforced with the "Maybe I'm not up for being a victim.....never be resistence enough". Just because you have feelings it's not always a good thing, and when a relationship is hurting you, you have to get out, no matter how strong the feelings are.

    "Driving alone, finally on my way home..." In being alone she is finding the peace she is looking for.

    Just my 2cents.
    sofiesghoston June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIMO this song is just about yet another relationship or situation that did not work out, i.e., the wreck of the day. the line "the light's always red in the rearview" means you can't turn back.

    but the song is all about conflict b/c she's leaving yet she says "i'd cheat destiny just to be near you" like she knows they aren't right for each other but she wants to be with him anyway.

    even though she's says "i know i'm not falling in love" i think that's more like giving herself a pep talk; later she says "all my resistance will never be distance enough" meaning she can try to walk away but it probably won't help.

    this is one of my fav songs on the album, something about her voice is so mesmerizing in this one.
    sfAMCfan46on July 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. It's one of my favorite songs to drive to. I go on random drives through the mountains in my 240sx when I get depressed and I have a well tuned hi-fidelity system and I listen to GOOD music on it. Music that means something to me amd gets out the emotion I'm trying to remove by driving with my soul. This is a good song to listen to on the way to the mountain passes when your just cruising. Best if it's the first song played after leaving the house. Cause then it's literal and it sinks in more. Cause then I'm litterally "driving away from the wreck of the day"

    I see it as meaning that her life is a wreck and the whole day has gone wrong and life is just a mess and it's too much to deal with and it's nice to just "drive away" from it all. And I agree with smartykat37 when they said that they thought it was about her being heartbroken and left and trying to find a new love but realising that it's simply not possible. So she's giving up on love. The love of her life has left her, and finding somebody that she loves just as much, a replacement, isn't possible. So she's just giving up on it. She's lost all hope of ever being happy again. Which is exactly the way I feel right now. The one I loved more than anything for most of my life, the yin to my yang left me a while back. I've tried moving on and even been with someone else. But ultimately it wasn't working because I'm not over her, I'll never be over her. I can't move on. I can't truely fall in love with anybody else... it's simply not possible for me I'd rather be alone than live a lie... so I give up. I'm no longer looking for anybody else. I'm just... alone. And depressed. I miss her so much. And it's been years now... so I give up on love. The way I see it I had my chance when I was with her, it came, it was great, and now it's gone forever. My heart will always belong to her. I honestly believe anna and I are of the same heart in this sense. When the depression of being lonely and knowing the one you love isn't ever coming back gets too much to bear and/or you've had a bad day and you just feel like giving up, it's time to go for a drive.

    Now I feel like I want to go for a drive..
    rsmithdrifton December 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about how she was in love before, and maybe he had broken up with her, so she went and started a relationship with someone else who she wasn't in love with,hence "coffin of hope," ; she was hoping she would find someone else she loved, but she knew that wouldnt happen, so she's giving up...idk thats just my own interpretation of this song (:
    xxJPxx17on April 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery powerful song.. i love it....and to think she writes just about all of lyrics straight from her journal.
    sdp_clcurtison June 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this cd, i just got it yesterday, and this is one of my favs on the cd! idk i just love how she sings the whole giving up part. it's such a pretty song... don't we all just wanna give up on love?
    mykonstantineon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this cd, i just got it yesterday, and this is one of my favs on the cd! idk i just love how she sings the whole giving up part. it's such a pretty song... don't we all just wanna give up on love?
    mykonstantineon June 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe seems to be singing about being afraid to fall in love, of being afraid of the power of her own feelings. She keeps her own bed and her own separate place from her lover, as in the last verse, because she's afraid of becoming a "victim of love," of "falling to pieces." She turns to Jesus for answers to her dilemma.

    I don't have the album, but the local radio station is playing this song as their second single. I think it's even better than "Breathe."
    stoolhardyon June 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsofiesghost i think nailed it. i noticed how coffin and hope are 2 contradicting if not paradoxical words.
    "Love doesn't hurt so I know i'm not falling in love I'm just falling into pieces..." My favorite line... for me its like... knowing that things aren't going the way they are supposed to be... Either ONE of them is no longer in LOVE (so it's one way?) or the relationship if there is one is already emotionally battering. Whenever I hear that line I get that feeling of when a relationship is about to end. It's sad. But really it's just SAD.
    ilovehimhelovesheron July 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Maybe I'm not up for being a victim of love
    All my resistance will never be distance enough" caught my attention...i think it means that she isn't up for falling in love again...but she doesn't know if her convitions will be strong enough...its one thing to say you dont want to fall in love...its another to find someone that you coudl lvoe and stay away...and waht if that doesn't work...what if no matter how many walls you build arouns yourself you still feel for that person and they leave? or dissapoint you?
    gnrkrystleon August 06, 2005   Link

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