"Shasta (Carrie's Song)" as written by and Vienna Teng....
so far so good
you're coming to the bend at the end of the road
you put a hand to the belly that's foreign more
with every day like an oversize load

and you're thinking about clouds the color of fire
and the scent of an orange peel
the way Mt. Shasta explodes into windshield view
and your hands steady on the wheel

so far so good
coffee motel coffee diner coffee go on
styrofoam is drying like the tears that once did flow
starting 10 o'clock and ending at dawn

and you can't go back but you're going back
and you don't know what you'll say
you've got half-formed sentences
explanations for a life half-broken away
and they just may
they'll take you in their arms and then take out their knives
so you drive on thinking

so far so good
but you can't go on much longer like this you know
you're all alone in this world no that's not true
the nice Christian lady told you so

she was handing out pamphlets by the clinic door
saying "Jesus knows what you've been through
take the Savior into your heart my child
there's love waiting for the both of you"

well you don't believe but you have to believe
it's still crumpled there in your back seat
were you the hero or the worst kind of coward back there
putting pavement back under your feet
couldn't stand the heat
couldn't stand the thought of ghosts with a negative age
turn the page
OK

so far so good
you try to sing along to the radio
but it's not your language not your song
it's from some other time ago

and you're thinking about how someone died that day
the you that was so carefully planned
but then again maybe this life is like a sleeping mountain
waking up to shape the land

calm calm let it come let it come back to you
calm calm breathe on out you know you know what to do


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"Shasta (Carrie's Song)" as written by Vienna Teng

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is about a woman who drove to California to get an abortion, but she couldn't go through with it, and is driving home on highway 5, thinking about the recent events, and how her family is going to react to her situation, and her decision not to go through with it.


    "And you're thinking about how someone died that day, the you that was so carefully planned"

    This is a play on words - an allusion to the abortion that didn't happen. The "someone" who died was not the fetus as one might expect, but instead, Carrie's vision of herself. She had always imagined that she would have a normal life -- not one filled with the trauma that comes with the situation of an unwanted pregnancy. That vision of who she had always thought she was going to be -- the normal life -- "died" that day -- her life will never be the same going forward.
    gonzagoon February 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI belive this song is describing a woman on her way to the abortion clinic, and all the hardship she had to go through:
    "explanations for a life half-broken away
    and they just may
    they'll take you in their arms and then take out their knives...
    couldn't stand the thought of ghosts with a negative age"

    and even feelilng guilt thinking she might be opposing God
    'Jesus knows what you've been through
    take the Savior into your heart my child
    there's love waiting for the both of you'

    But in the end, she realizes that she wasn't really ready for a child anyway, but someday she will be.
    "
    AncientNovaon September 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's definitely about a girl who's driving away from an abortion clinic without having had the abortion. She's just driving without really knowing where she's going at this point and thinking about the baby.

    I think the girl's family or friends (or perhaps boyfriend) want her to go through with it, since she fears if she goes back:
    "they'll take you in their arms and then take out their knives"

    But she got to the abortion clinic and the "nice Christian lady" took away her resolve, plus she never really wanted to do it in the first place because of the guilt:
    "couldn't stand the thought of ghosts with a negative age"

    "and you're thinking about how someone died that day
    the you that was so carefully planned
    but then again maybe this life is like a sleeping mountain
    waking up to shape the land"
    These lines reinforce that it was an unplanned pregnancy, but from the last two lines it seems that she has decided to keep the baby. I think the end of the song is a little ambiguous, so you can really interpret it either way, but mainly based on the tone of the song I don't think she decided to go through with it after all.
    emukatzeon October 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep, my thoughts exactly.

    Weird how the song sounds so happy, though.
    EmilyPlayon October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep, my thoughts exactly.

    Weird how the song sounds so happy, though.
    EmilyPlayon October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song manages to cited a "ficticious" example of a person having an abortion,(or at least the confusion over it) without going all political.
    Tachikomason August 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHm, it seems like it's a woman who intends to have an abortion because she's put into a bad situation "tears that once did flow, starting ten o'clock and ending at dawn." She ends up driving back after not doing it, though, "you put a hand to the belly that's foriegn more with every day like an oversized load." She's scared of how people will react "they'll take your in your arms and then they'll take out their knives," so she keeps on driving. As she does, she's thinking about the woman who was "handing out pamphlets by the clinic door saying "Jesus knows what you've been through. Take the Savior into your heart my child, there's love waiting for the both of you."" She ends up thinking about, ironically, "somebody died that day, the you that was so carefully planned," and she knows her life will never be the same, but "maybe this life is like a sleeping mountain, waking up to shake the land."

    (By the way, I'm not pro-life or pro-choice in this. It's all personal.)
    Saiaion March 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust wanted to give my two cents on the this last verse:

    "and you're thinking about how someone died that day
    the you that was so carefully planned
    but then again maybe this life is like a sleeping mountain
    waking up to shape the land"

    She's not thinking about how she got an abortion that day--she's thinking about how while her birth was carefully planned, on the day she was born another woman probably had an abortion. Does that make any sense?

    Then she ends the song on a positive note: having a baby doesn't mean the end of the world, just change. ("shape that land")
    wing_areaon February 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure these lines (and you're thinking about how someone died that day - the you that was so carefully planned) refer to the "old" her. As is the case with most people, she had everything planned as far as getting married, then having children, etc. The day she got pregnant - since she is going to keep the baby - is the day that "someone" (the old her that had everything planned) died.

    I love the comments and the song. I randomly picked up this CD at the library and I am glad I did.
    Strawon June 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Ghosts with a negative age" is a reference to aborted babies. So Carrie decided to not get an abortion. Straw, agreed, the "old you" is her after changing her mind for this momentous decision. She is NEW and the baby on the way.
    beenyon August 08, 2009   Link

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