I got a spandex dress
and it managed to fit
hey now come an wreck it man
I got a kid that calls the cops
before the party's started
that generation needs a lesson in sin
now you're in my door
you say you're runnin' on empty
girl i sure could use a friend

But it's a long road that goes on and on
and it drives and divides my flesh from your thorn
and it's clear dear man
I'm not sleeping anymore
Congratulations as you lose control
and do you still need a sign to let me drive
'Cause I can drive all night
said I can drive all night

you say you got a vampire in your head
Love, you got one in your kitchen
she's been stringing you out since we were kids
a black hole that could swallow Jesus
and if you want the girl in the blue velvet band
she'll charm you into oblivion

'Cause it's a long road that goes on and on
and then drives and divides my flesh from your thorn
and it's clear dear man
I'm not sleeping anymore
Congratulations as you lose control
Do you still need a sign to let me drive
'Cause I can drive all night
said I can drive all night

He said "Girl, maybe I can't play your hero
in your last picture show... "

But I can drive up all night
said I can drive all night
said I can drive all night
all night
all night


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    My InterpretationTo me, the woman singing this song is a prostitute who is sick and tired of her life and wants to move on. "I got a spandex dress, and it managed to fit; hey man come and wreck it now." she managed to fit into her tiny little spandex dress, but it was only on for looks, she invited a client to come "an wreck it now" i.e., she doesn't need her dress, and he doesn't care whether she managed to fit into it or not. "got a kid that calls the cops before the party's started, that generation needs a lesson in sin." someone calls the cops on her for soliciting sex, and she bitterly remarks "that generation needs a lesson in sin." (the kid who called the cops is making a big deal out of what seems trivial to her, she is used to prostituting). "now you're in my door, you say you're runnin' on empty girl, i sure could use a friend." someone comes to her door asking her to be his "friend" for the night; he's "runnin' on empty," he needs some companionship. "but it's a long road that goes on and on and then drives and divides my flesh from your thorn, and it is clear dear man, I'm not sleeping anymore. congratulations as you lose control. do you still need a sign to let me drive? cuz i can drive all night. said i can drive all night." she is ready to embark on this long road that will "divide (her) flesh from (his) thorn," it will separate her from this sordid life she is sick of. and she's asking, do you STILL need a sign to let me drive? cuz i can drive all night." she is done with the life, she isn't "sleeping" anymore. she's ready to drive all night down this long road out of this life she was stuck in.
    well, that's my interpretation anyway. sorry for the long post, tori amos songs tend to get me into a very analytical mood, her lyrics are always so full of meaning, but so ambiguous at the same time.
    FireEatersWifeon August 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI can see how the prostitute theory would fit, but that's never how I saw it. To me it's about two people who have always been friends. One is a woman who's tired and bored with her life. The other is a man in a relationship that isn't working. They have an uneasy romantic/sexual relationship.
    UhHuhHeron March 30, 2011   Link

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