I went down to the gas station
for no particular reason
Heard the screams from the high school
It's football season

Empty lot the station faces
Will probably be there forever
I climbed over the four foot fence
I was trying to sever the tether

Moon in the sky
Cold as a stone
Spend each night in your arms
Always wake up alone

I lay down in the weeds
It was a real cold night
I was happy 'til the overnight attendant
Switched on the floodlight

Walking home I was talking to you under my breath
Saying things I would never say directly
I heard a siren on the highway up ahead
Kinda wished they'd come and get me

Frost on the sidewalk
White as a bone
Tried to get close to you again
Always wake up alone

And as I was crossing our doorstep
I hesitated just a moment there
Remembered the day we moved in to our small house
'til the vision got too vivid to bear

You were almost asleep
Halfway undressed
I lay right down next to you
held your head against my chest

And a guy with any kind of courage
would maybe stop to think the matter through
Maybe hold you still and raise the question
Instead of blindly holding onto you

But we crank up the heat
And you giggle and moan
Spend all night in the company of ghosts
Aways wake up alone


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  • +2
    General CommentWithout a doubt in my mind this is one of the most meaningful songs he has released in years. You can tell he is just writhing with emotion in this song by the way he holds back his voice. Not only that, but the lyrics are just masterfully created. This is probably the best chorus ever penned.
    OctaVariuM8on July 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUm, you guys could *buy the album*
    1fishon May 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRegret is the unkindest emotion.
    1fishon May 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"As with a number of geographic location type songs, this is a bit of a ruse. It purports to take place in North Carolina, but, secretly it takes place in Colo, which is a small town in Iowa, population 773 when me and my wife lived there, 771 now."
    chairmanroflmaoon October 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningLike everyone else I originally thought that this song was about a finished relationship, though for my part I thought that perhaps the woman had died, rather than left. The more I listen to it, the mnore I think that perhaps he is singing about a relationship with someone who has an illness such as Alzheimers disease, especially the last verse. I know that John worked as a phsychiatric nurse, and maybe there is some onfluence of that in this song.
    nicked2101on January 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song when this album came out I also thought it was about a relationship that had ended. But listening to it now, and reading the lyrics, it seems clear that it's about a relationship that's still ongoing, maybe even a marriage, but it's a relationship that's beginning to fall apart.
    Yer_Maon March 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso sad
    hab204on August 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh god, this is shattering...
    Beruthielon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentare there any websites where i can listen to the actual song???
    anita4joseon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just heard it... it's a pretty sad song. i love the tabs
    anita4joseon August 28, 2006   Link

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