I have to drive
I have my reasons, dear
Its cold outside
I hate the seasons here
They suffer mornings most of all
I feel so powerless and small
By ten o’clock I’m back in bed
fighting the jury in my head

We lean to drive
Its fairly common, dear
My friend and I
I’m really frightened here

We suffer mornings most of all
We take our oxygen mask off
A sound goes thick and makes us breath
But there’s no choice we have to breath
It is a delicate position
Spin the bottle
End transmission
Something’s leaking
It’s the weekend
It’s the weekend
Oh Christ the claws are broken

We’ll have to drive
Or else they’ll catch us
Jest get inside
And take our chance’s

We suffer mornings most of all
Wake in a Twisted mess and craw to find a telephone and call
Meet you In an hour at the bar


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  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. I saw her perform this live at the Sydney Opera House. It left me in tears. It is about having to keep going no matter what.
    avaadore123on October 11, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationpersonally, i've adopted the drunk-driver-kills-a-dear perspective for this song.
    this is why i sometimes get chills at
    'forgetting everything we saw/i'll meet you in an hour. at the car'
    because it implies this incident is going to repeat itself despite all the repenting she did earlier, and there's this sense of surrendering into our innate human flaws, while aware how lucky we are to be so moved by life's shit.

    it does harmonise well with the 'having to keep going no matter what' idea though.

    amanda is not a one-dimensional artist.

    mattconnollyon February 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentah i couldn't make out some of the words for this song. i wrote down the words from a live version of the song. so does anybody have any corrections?
    saikoboion December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, i think "we try to take a decent break" is "we tried to dig a decent grave"
    but if we have different versions, who knows. amanda tends to change around lyrics a lot in various shows.
    i couldn't make out "but it's still a morning to behave"... but it could be right.

    i LOVE this song.
    tiltingheadon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentha yay someone finally left a comment! i love this song too. it's one of my favorite songs by them. i hope that they do it in the studio. "we tried to dig a decent grave" makes more sense because they saw someone lying in the road?where did you get your version of the song? i got it from automaticjoy.com
    saikoboion March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have a completely different earlier version that has half of those same lyrics...
    drewenon March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmanda sings the song differently every time.

    This song is pretty straight foward, actually. It's about choosing who to save and who to let go. It's about helping others or let them help themselves. You have to "drive" by them; "we suffer mornings" because we all feel too young and helpless.

    You see somebody dying on the streets from firearms, do you save them or do you not? Do you drive on by, like you're supposed by the law; or do you pick them up and risk your life?

    It's right versus wrong; guilt versus pride.

    I may be totally off.
    and the comradeon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI once emailed Amanda herself about thing song, and she said this...
    "have to drive has changed 4 times. mostly right now it's about having to drive and hitting deers"
    Lets try to look @ it that way!
    halfjackpresson March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOriginal lyrics...
    I have to drive
    I have my reasons, dear
    Its cold outside
    I hate the seasons here
    They suffer mornings most of all
    I feel so powerless and small
    By ten o’clock I’m back in bed
    fighting the jury in my head

    We lean to drive
    Its very common, dear
    my friend and I
    I’m very frightened. here

    We suffer mornings most of all
    we take our oxygen mask off
    A song goes thick and makes us breath
    We have no choice we have to breath
    It is a delicate passion
    Spin the bottle
    End transmission
    something leaking
    It’s the weekend
    It’s the weekend
    Oh Christ the claws are broken

    We’ll have to drive
    Or else they’ll catch us
    Jest get inside
    And take our chance’s

    We suffer mornings most of all
    Wake in a Twisted mess and call to find a telephone and cough
    “Meet you In an hour at the bar”
    halfjackpresson April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have/know of two different versions to this song. The one with only Amanda & Brian, listed here, and the one featuring the ambitious orchestra which has very different lyrics. Since that is the one most readily available, that is probably why there is so much confusion. Here are the lyrics to the version with the Ambitious Orchestra which you can find on automaticjoy.com:

    I have to drive
    I have my reasons, dear
    it's cold outside
    I hate the seasons here

    I suffer mornings most of all
    I feel so powerless and small
    by 10 o' clock
    I'm back in bed
    fighting the jury in my head

    we learn to drive
    it's only natural, dear
    we drive all night
    we haven't slept in years

    we suffer mornings most of all
    we saw you lying in the road
    we try to dig a decent grave
    but it's still a morning to behave

    it is a delicate position
    spin the bottle
    pick the victim
    posing upright
    follow directions
    blast the network
    oh, an impossible decision

    we'll have to drive
    they're getting closer
    just get inside
    it's almost over

    we will save your brothers
    we will save your cousins
    we will drive them far away
    from streets and signs
    from all trace of bad mankind

    we suffer mornings most of all
    wake up all bleary eyed and crawl
    to find a telephone call
    in each ear
    meet me at the car
    iggy1110on June 05, 2007   Link

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