"Highway" as written by and Ingrid Michaelson....
On a highway along the Atlantic I'm rifling through these last seventeen years
The radio waxes romantic, its lullabies fill our eyes with tears

We don't say a word
There's nothing to say that hasn't been heard
And how you've grown my little bird
I'm regretting letting you fly

Six pounds and seven ounces, a ball of bones and flesh and tears were you
Now your hands, your tiny pink hands, grew larger than my hands ever grew

We don't say a word
There's nothing to say that hasn't been heard
And how you've grown my little bird
I'm regretting letting you fly
I'm regretting letting you fly
I'm regretting letting you fly

On a highway, on a highway


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"Highway" as written by Ingrid Michaelson

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    General Commentit might be about a mother, singing about her son.
    "your tiny pink hands grew larger than my hands ever grew"

    maybe she regrets the way she raised him, or they had a rocky relationship. she finally realizes she has to let him go and she doesnt know how to do it.
    mckenziehon April 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti actually thinks that it's about the whole empty nest syndrome,

    like in the first line it mentions 17 years
    most kids are 17 or 18 when they graduate high school
    and go off to college

    so she's letting him go
    driving him to his school
    somewhere along the east coast

    and then she relives the steps of his life
    from his birth to the current drive
    in the last stanza i picture her driving away from the college
    tearing up and thinking about how he's not her baby anymore
    razehateon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply a continuation of the song "A Bird's Life". It's like part 2 of it. Check that song and you'll understand.
    sabfloweron January 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHonestly, I agree with razehate in that the narrator is driving her son to his freshman year at college (Michaelson went to school in New York, herself) and misses him, possibly wishing he were closer or could have stayed with her forever.
    mqjavieron June 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti know this is about a mother and child etc... but for some reason I think back when was like 5 or 6 and there was this boy that i basically grew up with and like we always sweetly said we'd get married and like would hold hands and hug. but he moved arcoss the country and like i got to see him a year ago and he is like one of the greatest guys ever and "I'm regretting letting [him] fly." we were the cutestest thing like what i've seen on home videos and pics
    Jeep0galon July 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think the whole idea about mother-son leaving for college is valid but for some reason when i first (or maybe third) heard it, i figured it was about a teenage mom getting out of town with her and her newborn baby starting a new life - starting with the long highway...
    lyrical_butterflyon January 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNow that I've read the other comments, I know my interpretation probably isn't right, but when I listen to this song, I imagine a young mother who gave up her baby and has met them when they're 17. They are in the car, awkwardly telling each other things that have happened in their live and the lullabies come on the radio and fill their eyes with tears because they never had anything like that together.

    She remembers the child as a baby and when she says, "Now your hands, your tiny pink hands, grew larger than my hands ever grew," She means that the child grew up better and had a better life than she could've given, but she still regrets letting the child go.
    CurlyQon June 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIf you listen very closely at the beginning and the end, you can hear what sounds like children playing in a playground or something...
    lendmethineearon December 08, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, it's about a strong detachment between a mother and her son... I don't know, I agree with those who said the son is leaving to attend the college, but the lines "I'm regretting letting you fly" and "There's nothing to say that hasn't been heard"... I don't know, but I feel like its way more complicated. Like the son is taking a bad decision, and he didn't listened to her mother. Like the mother gave him freedom and acceptance, but he only went off the road. I feel like this...
    joshua1013on January 16, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI know I am probably incorrect about this, but I always thought of it as a really sad song about a kid who was killed in a highway accident at 17? "Rifling through these past seventeen years," as in, looking through all his/her photos/stuff either for the funeral or to package away. And reminiscing about the day he was born, and "regretting letting you fly" because she wishes she had never let him take the car and fly down the highway.
    Hipsterwierdoon August 11, 2015   Link

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