In a tiny tiny southern Swedish country town
two acres of field and a gas station
riding on my moped, looking for fun
staring into the blood red sun

on the country road is a boulevard
with neon lights and night open bars
in my jacket a pack of playing cards
just jacks, jokers, and the queen of hearts

my heart is beating, beating like Ringo
as I pull into the drive-in bingo

why do the people in the country wanna look like the people in the city?
when the people in the city aren't the slightest pretty I want the people in the country to wear flannel shirts and saggy jeans all covered in dirt
I want the people in the country to be open and kind
but most times I've met those with a narrow mind
with a big black dog to bite your behind
if htey ever find out you're not one of their kind
all these thoughts as I open up a zingo
Friday night at the drive-in bingo

so this is what they do out here for fun?
they play bingo and let their engines run?
tonight's jackpot is a pig, hey that's criminal!
G-42! ooh, I'm going diagonal!

I'm gonna gather up a few of my friends
as many fits into an army tent
just bring our savings and a bottle of wine
to the Friday night's reversal of time!
this little south-west village shouldn't cost that much
maybe a handful of silver or a hundred bucks
we could have wild wild parties in that big old lodge and the windmill's perfect for movies and such
we could fake our deaths to get insurance money and take on hippie names
I'd be Snowphish, you'd be Sunny, we could start a little farm with little white bunnies
just cause watching them copulate is very funny

there's a cow and an ostrich just waiting for you!
a glass of apple cider just waiting for you!
the smell of 1952 just waiting for you!
and all I'm doing here is just waiting for you...

a daydream, I'm caught up in limbo
Friday night at the drive-in bingo



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  • +1
    General Commentoh how i want to go to a drive-in bingo.
    tugboaton January 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCopied directly from the insert on the 7" with line breaks added to make it readable. Wonderful song, wonderful new album. Not that I really expected anything less.
    DTOon August 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentall these thoughts as I open up a zingo
    Friday night at the drive-in bingo!

    only jens lekman can pull off those kind of rhymes, and have it be so amazing.
    lolofoshoshoon August 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsaxophone melody lifted from John Mayer's "The Heart of Life". My friend and I spent a good half hour trying to place that oh so distinctive sound.
    mavs41on September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wouldn't say it's "lifted", but they are similar.

    Great song nonetheless.
    du.scientiston September 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first six notes are identical. After that Lekman's melody diverges from Mayer's.
    Eamonon December 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a cute song! So fun. Makes me think of driving through the countryside at twilight (one of my favourite activities).
    WanderingGirl1012on June 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut the root source of that melody is...... believe it or not:
    Falcon Crest!
    youtube.com/…
    shadesofjaeon June 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI came here just to see if other people noticed that the riff in this song was Mayer's! I find it a little hard to believe this could be a complete accident. All six notes AND the rhythm are exactly the same.

    @shadesofjae I don't hear it... at all.
    LeadZeppelinon July 08, 2011   Link

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