A white ghost
Making his way up the west coast
Trying to focus his high hopes
On a vagina or two
He's taking his chances

Meanwhile
Back in his living room
Bright smiles
Are watching his toddler run speed trials
Over his grandmothers rug
And nature advances

Up the interstate
He's been awake
And pretty drunk for three whole days
No one wants to stop
Until they get to where they're going

I'll get to where I'm going
Pretty soon

So he takes another drink
He's watching the scenery bleed
Into each similar scene
It isn't as sweet
As it had been in his dreams

It's faster
To buy cigarettes and some cold beer
If you don't rattle the cashier
By asking her back to your room

She's calling security

A car's on fire in the parking lot
And nobody wants it to rain
But God isn't listening
So all the windshields glisten

The water and oil mix
Causing the fire to spread
To five or six
Innocent automobiles
Waiting in the nearby spots

Oh, what a cruel God we've got

So he takes another drink
He's watching the scenery bleed
Into each similar scene
It isn't as sweet
As it had been in his dreams


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    General Commentgod, the part of this song after "what a cruel god we've got" is just amazing. the almost primal wails/moans. amazing.

    to me, this song is about "solutions" that don't end up solving anything. the first few verses deal with a guy that's hit the road, leaving his family behind. but the endless monotony of highway after highway isn't the solution to his problems that he dreamed it would be. his family, his attachments, weren't the problem. and now he's asking some convenience store clerk back to his room.
    sethbrownon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy Lord! How could have I not listened to these guys before!? I'm listening to this song right now, I've had it looped for a while now, it's the first and only song I have ever heard by them, and it's amazing. Good, good stuff.
    MNTwinsfanon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfuckin rad.
    j.acobon August 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's the metaphor of the burning car that gets me:

    A car's on fire in the parking lot
    And nobody wants it to rain
    But God isn't listening
    So all the windshields glisten

    The water and oil mix
    Causing the fire to spread
    To five or six
    Innocent automobiles
    Waiting in the nearby spots

    Oh, what a cruel God we've got

    ...that all of our actions have an effect on others, for the man in the song, he ditched his child and the listener questions what effect that will have on the toddler's life. On a greater plane, though, it reminds us that all of our choices have an impact on many, many other people. This is my favorite song on this album. It holds deep sentimental value for me.
    cheylion December 23, 2007   Link

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