It's a hundred degrees on Union today
I'm in the passing lane, passing away
Cause the AC is holding some kind of grudge
The sunroof is stubborn
The windows won't budge
But it don't really matter if the windows won't roll
You can't find a breeze to save your damn soul
And all this heat must be taking its toll
Cause I swear oto God I just saw you
Standing alone by the Dixie Freeze
In your white cotton dress, scrapped up knees
And I will be damned if that isn't a breeze
Stirring your butterscotch hair
But I remember that summer and that goddamn lake
I saw your casket, I stood at the wake
And heard the soft sounds only a mother can make
As she stroked that white cotton dress

Sweet Janine
What could all of this mean
Is it just a dream
Or am I waking?

Well it can't be a dream, hell it all feels too real
My foot on this brake, my hands on this wheel
But you're waving me over I can't help but feel that I'm
Stepping away from my mind
So I park my car right there in the street
I walk through the traffic, can't feel my feet
Forget all about the afternoon heat
Now I'm just burning with questions

Sweet Janine
What could all of this mean
Is it just a dream
Or am I waking?

I sit beside her, bewildered, I get a peck on the cheek
She lifts up her hand before I can speak
As she points to my car my body goes weak
Somehow I know she's pointin' at me
And the cops and the ambulances, the red and blue spin
Of all the king's horses and all the king's men
She takes my hand as I take it all in
And we split a purple sno-cone

Sweet Janine
What could all of this mean
Is it just a dream
Or am I waking?

It's a hundred degrees on Union today
I'm in the passing lane, passing away


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    General CommentWow, I LOVE this song. Beautiful sound, beautiful lyrics.

    I think the lyrics are pretty clear if you read them - the speaker is driving down Union Ave (if you're from Memphis like Cory, you know this is a major road in the midtown/downtown area) in the sweltering heat; when he looks to the side of the road, he thinks he sees Janine, a girl who has died some years back by drowning. He remembers the funeral and the way her mother sounded when she stroked her dead daughter's dress.

    He's not sure if he's awake or dreaming, then decides it must be real. He parks his car and walks over to her (I love that line "forget all about the afternoon heat"). He sits down with her and she points to his car and his dead body - obviously he has actually died in a car wreck, and that's why he can see her.

    I also have a correction - that last chorus actually goes like this:

    "Sweet Janine
    I see just what you mean
    It was all just a dream
    Now I'm truly waking"

    Now that he's dead, he's truly alive. I also love the way that he wraps it up by repeating the first two lines. The first time he sings them, "passing away" means he's passing the other cars, but at the end, it means that he's literally "passing away," dying.

    What a clever and incredibly cool song. And he handles the lyrics with such delicacy on the track. It's just perfect.
    undercovrangel23on February 07, 2008   Link

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