"What Were The Chances" as written by and Damien Jurado....
When I left you alone to fight your battles
Of long winters in motels, what went through your mind?
How is it that you made it? How is it that you noticed?
It wasn't me who was looking at you
Through foggy glass or windows... it was them

I was out in Coolidge with my head on a counter
Drinking down my chances to ever return to anyone
No I wasn't faking it the hurt I felt was real
And all that was holy just slowly disappeared
Or just appeared in parking lots of truck stops
The lights all blinking and now all I'm thinking is
"How the hell did I get here?"

Does your husband know I call you sweetheart?
Does he know that I call you at all?
It's not like you're cheating we're only meeting
In hotels and not your home
It's not like we're cheating
(We're only meeting in hotels and not your home)

Would you change your last name to mine?
(Would you change your last name to mine?)

I think your kids will mind

I was in the desert waving planes and burning phone books
To a tune that was famous the year I was born
Do not leave me dancing alone
(Do not leave me dancing alone, pick up the phone and call me lover)
Pick up the phone
And call me lover
Say, "Come and get me, I am home"

Please pick up the phone
Please pick up the phone


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"What Were the Chances" as written by Damien Jurado

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    General CommentThis is mostly wrong, and since we can't send in corrections anymore, I'll just hope one of the admins see this:

    When I left you alone
    To fight your battles of long winters
    In hotels, what went through your mind?
    How is it that you made it?
    How is it that you noticed?

    It wasn't me who was
    Looking at you through
    Foggy glass
    Or windows, it was them

    I was out in Coolidge with my head on a counter
    Drinking down my chances to ever return
    (To anyone) To anyone

    No I wasn't faking it
    The hurt I felt was real and all that was holy
    Just slowly disappeared but just appeared
    In parking lots
    And truck stops

    The blinking lights (The blinking lights)
    Now I'm sinking you
    How the hell did I get here?

    Does your husband know
    I call you sweetheart?
    Does he know that I call you ...?
    It's not like you're cheating
    We're only meeting in motels and not your home
    (It's not like we're cheating
    We're only meeting in hotels and not your home)

    Would you change your last name to mine?
    (Would you change your last name to mine?)

    I think my kids would mind
    I think my kids would mind

    I was in the desert waving planes and burning phonebooks to a tune
    That was famous the year I was born
    Do not leave me dancing alone
    (Do not leave me dancing alone, pick up the phone and call me lover)
    Pick up the phone
    Call me lover (Say, "Come and get me, I am home")
    I am home

    Please pick up the phone
    Please pick up the phone


    The meaning is pretty clear, except for the first two parts. Everything after is a man metaphorically stuck in a desert and him asking this woman that he's had an affair with not to abandon him, but to join him in his solitude and dance with him (or, make the best of it).
    Lightbluenesson September 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's a bit more than asking her to join him.
    The line "Would you change your last name to mine" is asking her to marry him. I think it's possibly one of the best lines Damiens ever written. It's so perfectly understated and yet far more romantic than any grand overblown gesture.
    xdvron October 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI must have been having a really bad ear day - I was wellllllll off!
    Changed.
    xdvron October 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish I couldn't relate to the desperation in "do not leave me dancing alone... pick up the phone"
    saison February 03, 2008   Link

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