"Cab" as written by and Pat/bush Monahan....
New York snow this time of year
There's nothing more beautiful to me
Except for you

Making my way uptown and down
Seeing familiar places, faces
In my pile of coffee grounds

The days are better the nights are still so long
Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road
Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road

Watching my breath rise in the sun
Pulling myself in to make warm
Helplessly feel for my phone and drive away

This new rhythm I pursue
Is just my gettin' over you
Telling myself that I need to

The days are better the nights are still so long
Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road
Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road

I'm still looking for a fare, no one said that it was fair
To be alone

The days are better the nights are still so long
Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road
The days are better the nights are still so long
Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road
Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road


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"Cab" as written by Pat Monahan Brandon Bush

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    General CommentThat's a good point but I think the main line uses cab as more of a reference to a big city. I think it's just playing on the idea of being in such a big city but being so alone.
    JLC2304on February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. But there is just one thing I don't get.

    Maybe I don't understand the song, but.. what does the main line mean? "Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road." --

    the song seems to mean to me that he is lonely.. but if he was the only cab on the road wouldnt he not be lonely cuz every1 would wanna go with him?
    RalphieGiordanoon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a brakeup most likely because of an uncontraollable situation. In this he is prorayed as a cab driver.

    "New York snow this time of year
    There's nothing more beautiful to me
    Except for you"

    He is in love with a girl and comparing her to the snow.

    Making my way uptown and down
    Seeing familiar places, faces
    In my pile of coffee grounds

    I am now sure what this is meaning.

    "The days are better the nights are still so lonely
    Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road
    Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road"

    Since the brake up the days are easer to get through but the at night he still misses her. saying that he feels like his is the only cab on the road is comparing how there a lot of people out their feeling the same way but he feels like he is the only one. just like in New York he is not the only cab on the road.

    "Watching my breath rise in the sun
    Pulling myself in to make warm
    Helplessly feel for my phone and drive away"
    more about missing her and wanting the warmth back that she gave to him. pulling himself into his breath to feel warm again. and he is still waiting for a call that may never come.

    "This new rhythm I pursue
    Is just my gettin' over you
    Telling myself that I need to"

    This is where he is saying why he wrote the song. to get over her like he knows he needs to.

    "I'm still looking for a fare, no one said that it was fair To be alone"

    still looking for someone else because he can't get over her. and he feels like it is not fair to feel this way.

    This is all just my opinion.
    What do you think?
    pctigeron February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe cab reference goes like this: Cabs in the big city have no where to go without a passenger/fare in them (i.e. girlfriend,wife, etc.) So, he is singing that he is lost and has no direction since she is gone. Aimless. Put the NYC in as a big backdrop to the song and it gives the image of lonliness.
    maximrdr00on February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^I agree
    wheaties409on February 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpctiger - perfect breakdown
    Complexityon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI liked the feeling of this song straightaway. I think he's comparing metaphorically his own loneliness after the breakup to a cab that is being driven in a dead city, where there aren't even other cars around. I can relate with this very much: being or feeling alone despite being surrounded by people (like in big towns).
    Gabigson April 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard from a local DJ in Boston that this song was inspired from events leading up to the lead singer Pat Monahan's divorce. He was thrown out of his former wife's place late at night in New York City, and he had to take a taxicab to get out. In the taxicab, he felt so alone in the big city, and wondered if he's the only one in this situation.
    stoolhardyon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe line, "Sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road" is a metaphor for feeling like being the only person who's not in a relationship. That's what it always makes me think of, at least.
    missy05on July 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYES! I AGREE WITH MISSY. I just downloaded this song from iTunes a day ago, because I figured.. why not? and I really like it.

    "sometimes I think I'm the only cab on the road.." That just makes sense to me, as meaning the only person not in a relationship!

    i fully second everything in Missy's comment :)
    krriisttiion February 25, 2007   Link

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