"One Way Street" as written by and Mark Lanegan....
The stars and a moon
Aren't where they're supposed to be
For the strange electric light
It falls so close to me
Love, I come to ride
High on that seasick rolling wave
And you know that I am
Just trying to get out
Oh the glorious sound
Oh the one way street
But you can't get
Can't get it down without crying
When I'm dressed in white
Send roses to me
I drink so much sour whiskey I can't hardly see
And everywhere I've been
There's a well that howls my name
From the one tiny sting
To that vacant fame
Oh the deafening roar
Remember that's called a one way street
And you can't get
Can't get it down without crying
Mystery's a sigh
You can't get out
In a psychotropic light, you can't get out
Love, I come to ride
High on that seasick rolling wave
That's the way that I fall, trying to get out
Oh the glorious sound
Of the one way street
And you can't get
Can't get it down without crying
Oh the deafening roar
It's called a one way street


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"One Way Street" as written by Mark Lanegan

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    General CommentI take this to be about trying to live a better life but finding destructive habits impossible to let go of. I think the 'glorious sound of the one way street' is a reference to how easy it is to give in to temptation but how that route leads only to downfall.

    This line confuses me though:

    "Can't get it down without crying"

    but I kind of like lines like that, which don't bother to explain too much.
    Esmeraldaon January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Esmeralda.

    "Can't get it down without cryin" - i take this to mean you can't really go through life without shedding a tear for something/someone.
    GoldenMicon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHey everyone!
    Maybe the thing I write will be insane,yet I daresay this song is about the whole lifetime.And during the lifetime some periods go so utterly wrong, that "The stars and the moon aren't where they're supposed to be".It can be absolutely everything-drug addiction , breakup with your beloved person,some kind of accident, and you Can't get it down without crying in order to forget it.And it goes only in one way-there's no recipe how to return all that happened and it won't be invented at all.

    "Oh the glorious sound
    Oh the one way street", and then-

    "Oh the deafening roar
    Remember that's called a one way street- I believe that's about thiongs that seemed to be all right to the person until he\she realizes that it's not quite cool,yet you can't turn around and leave whenever you want,'cause there's no turning sideways or back on One Way Street called Life....
    onewaystreeton August 23, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"From that one tiny sting / To that vacant flame"

    That reminds me of shooting heroin. A "tiny sting" that leads to a "vacant flame": it feels powerful and even exciting, or at least it brings you peace, but it doesn't really mean anything, it's doing you harm.

    The "Everywhere I've been..." line is so haunting.
    Marquezon August 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAs some people have already said, I agree that this song about temptations and self destructive habits. I'm pretty sure I can explain the line '"Cant get it down without crying" I see that as a reference to self destructive sexual habits - In a world full of temptations you cant get it down without crying - He's talking about his dick.
    dokee6on November 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song I think a lot of people would feel is boring on first listen, but I have been getting more into it recently. I just cannot describe why I enjoy listening to it but possibly others do that comment on it for whatever reason
    "Can't get it down without crying"- taking medicine food when your sick or anything that you must consume literally or metaphorically brings you to enough pain that it is unbearable.
    Or Possibly killing something that is necessary to do.
    superfreak30328on December 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhen the wave go down and come WILD COLD Turkey you cry searchin' a vein, searchin' the money, searchin' yourself under that unbearable pain... if you ar very strong you manage to not cause suffer more than needed... you work night and day not taking a granny handbag.... The Powerful Wave come to you night time even many years later... stating that you have NO win even sober and abstinent...you have lost. your mouth stink of ethere the desire is 100 times more strong than The Sharon Stone's Upskirt of Basic Instict.
    diocarloon April 09, 2014   Link

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