"Dirt and Dead Ends" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray and Emily Ann Saliers....
You're looking at foreclosure
And doing time,
And it don't sound good this time.
They found the meth and the scales,
And the wife that made your life Hell.

All that time you were telling me
You were fine.
Silly man.

So I got your dog.
How is that?
I made it nice, I wrote a check.
You cut the weeds back on my drive,
'cause you're a good guy,
Deep down inside.

What makes a boy like you go bad?
What makes a man so lonely and sad,
That he's poison all he knows
And in one year, just let it go?

And all that time you were telling me
You were fine,
Silly man, you're a silly boy.

It's been you and me on this frontier
Trying not to be suburban pioneers.
Fightin' off the pavers
And the associations,
And the covenants against the trailers.

I remember how we use to laugh
At all those rotten men in camo' drag-
With their advantage and their guns,
Up in the deer stand, shooting up a storm.

And all that time
You were telling me all those lies.
Silly man, I'm a silly girl.

You and me-
We used to hibernate like bears
And when we finally came up for air,
Everything's all marked and cleared,
Survey flags flying everywhere.

Once you told me what,
What I'll miss the most
Is just being the only ones-
With our dirt and our dead ends
And no one to turn us in.

Once you told me what,
What I'll miss the most
Is just being the only ones-
With our dirt and our dead ends
And no one to turn us in.



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"Dirt and Dead Ends" as written by Emily Ann Saliers Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    My InterpretationThis song definitely paints the pros and cons of living in a trailer park. The artist opens with talking about a longtime friend getting busted for meth abuse when she had no idea what he was going through. She appears to have known about the wife though, and she took care of his dog for him. He used to do light work for her and she'd pay him for it.

    She wonders how he went dark, because she thought they were both fine and fighting a war against the world together. They were keeping urbanization away from their neighborhood and proudly so, and then he folds underneath her and she's fighting alone. They lose that fight in the end, likely because of this.

    "We went into hibernation" I believe is when the meth thing all goes down and he's in jail and she's trying to pull things together for him, and they were in hibernation from the urbanization fight. And when the dust settles and she "comes up for air," the fight is over.
    jade118826on July 18, 2016   Link

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