It's a ten-hour drive to our next show
across the western wasteland
with no gigs in between
and the gas gauge says we are empty
but that's okay
'cause we don't burn gasoline
we burn our dreams
we burn our hopes
this van should have died a hundred-thousand miles ago
but it keeps going
we've got our good-luck charms on the dashboard

I've been driving all day
i've been driving all night
i think i can drive for the rest of my whole life

And when i feel like i'm about to fall asleep
i just stare at the taillights of the truck in front of me
and i pretend that they are eyes
and the bumper is a mouth
filled with red and white teeth
and it guides me safely to the sunrise again

But if by chance i fall asleep at the wheel tonight
and crash and die
construct a roadside monument
to commemorate my life
and honk your horn every time that you drive by

And i will be so grateful
i will be so grateful
just to know that you still care
and i will be so thankful
yes, i will be so thankful
know that somebody's still there

This road is a long and ugly road but
this road kind of feels like my home
i'm always aching
to find out just exactly where it goes

Icarus made some wings and tried to fly up to the sun
even though everybody told him that it could not be done
so he died, but at least he tried
and i bet that he had fun

And you may say there's not a lot to see on this drive
and i guess you would be right
but you're never gonna see the stars shine this bright

And i don't know what it is we hope we'll find
but i plan on lookin' for it all of my life
because i feel like something must be missing
something's missing

Can't you feel that empty feeling inside
doesn't it make you wanna get in your car
or run your bike and ride
just to see what you might find out there

So i wear my tires thin
I'll destroy the soles on my shoes
i'll walk into the wind
and i'll send postcards back to you
i'll miss my dearest friends
and i'll miss this city too
but i'll feel bound, obligated
to do what i have to do

'Cause the sun never really sets
no the sun never goes down
we're just spinning
around and around and around and around and around

No the sun never really sets
no the sun never goes down
we're just spinning
around and around and around and around and around
and around and around


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Austin To El Paso song meanings
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    General CommentSo i wear my tires thin
    I'll destroy the soles on my shoes
    i'll walk into the wind
    and i'll send postcards back to you
    i'll miss my dearest friends
    and i'll miss this city too
    but i'll feel bound, obligated
    to do what i have to do
    ihaveasliveron July 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSo i wear my tires thin
    I'll destroy the soles on my shoes
    i'll walk into the wind
    and i'll send postcards back to you
    i'll miss my dearest friends
    and i'll miss this city too
    but i'll feel bound, obligated
    to do what i have to do
    ihaveasliveron July 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe other day, a week ago wednesday actually, i accidently came across some Ghost Mice stuff via the Defiance, Ohio terrorware site, it sounded great.

    so i had a lot of mp3 files waiting in limewire to download and let it sit online all night to finish up. i was planning to kill myself on thursday afternoon, but wanted to close up all personal business and such before that.

    it was a normal thursday morning, i listened to most of the newly downloaded mp3s and sifted through them quickly. Austin to El Paso came on and i listened to it for some reason and started crying and felt a whole lot better.

    i spent the whole day just sitting on the couch listening to folk music, turned the phone and internet off and drank a lot of coffee and watched cartoons to Ghost Mice and a few other bands. i decided that there are 3 amazing things in the world, and together they proove the existance of God (or Goddess or Something Else whatever It is or Is not):

    1) Tenacious D,
    2) Chubby Women, and
    3) 'Austin to El Paso' by Ghost Mice
    godsnailson May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgodsnails, that was beautiful. this is my probably my faovirte song lyrically of all time, it's just so heart-warming.
    for the past 6 months or i was severely depressed, i'm even on pills right now where the side affects are they make me even more depressed., but for the past week i've been listening to this song at least once a day and i've just been in the best mood. enjoying every second of life. i don't know where i'm going or what i'm doing or if i'll ever make it at all, but for now, life's great :)
    LetItTearAparton June 08, 2007   Link

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