I've been driving all night
Bathing in flourescent light
Of a western Tennessee gas station
With a pack of two-way action
I'm subsisting on a fraction
And I close my eyes and pretend
I'm on vacation
But the light bleeds through
And it's all green-blue
There goes my imagination

My return fills me with dread
Will myhouse plants be all dead
My significant be with another
I say ok where was I
But I can't repress a sigh
And I think I'm gonna
Yeah I think I'm gonna call my mother
Let the subject wander
To issues of blonde hair
Or something or other

Like a bad haircut
Or a glass of cold water
Some of the things
You wouldn't ordinarily thought a
Will all be lost if you let it in
Maybe I'll never ever feel it again

I've been driving all night
Bathing in flourescent light
Of a western Tennessee gas station
With a pack of two-way action
I'm subsisting on a fraction
Of what used to be a sugar-free
Half-melted bag of Tastations
That hard candy sensation
It's sweeping the nation
And it
Puts my mind in traction
I'm subsisting on a fraction
And I close my eyes and pretend
I'm on vacation
But while it melts in my mouth
I'm still driving south
In a TV Nation

Like a bad haircut
Or a glass of cold water
Shouldn't I say what I really shouldn't oughta
You spend half a day in
Some of these places
Like a flash of white light
That's in front of our faces
A state of peristalsis or a parastatic stasis
And we're off to the races



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  • +1
    General Comment"My significant be with another"

    how well said.
    JDSalingeron August 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've interpreted the song as a narrative of his fears and emotions on waking from a coma. "My return fills me with dread. Will... my significant be with another?" This quote describes how Bird feels on return from his illness, hoping his lover still belongs to him. "I think I'm gonna call my mother," shows that he's also been out of contact with his family. "A state of peristalsis or a parastatic stasis," is also mentioned at the end of the song, leading one to believe he's been in some sort of state of unconsciousness or inability to communicate.
    ash00trayon March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the grueling nature of touring the country with a band. The narrator is clearly struggling to maintain an inspired, positive and perceptive mentality while subsisting on junk food and being barraged by the physical and spiritual ugliness of the deep south. I think Mr. Bird is attempting to explain what it's like to be an artistically sensitive person who, because of the nature of his career, has to travel through parts of America that do not resemble his own enlightened upbringing whatsoever. The dauntingly uninspiring geography of Tennessee seems to throw the fragility of the narrator's values into relief. I think the idea of building a song around a man experienced a revelation about a world that is largely apathetic to his abstract aesthetic goals is very interesting and also well-executed.
    fadetoflasheson January 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIndeed, Mr Salinger, indeed. Andrew Bird is the King of Well Saidedness.
    artsluton April 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Andrew Bird is the King of Well Saidedness" - haha, i loved how you put it.

    what about the meaning of the song as a whole? it's one of my favorites, but i have to admit it - i never quite got it.
    tenwordson June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWho is the woman on this track? I love it.
    hotexcelsioron May 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthotexcelsior, i believe her name is nora o'connor.
    tenwordson July 10, 2008   Link

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