"The Backseat" as written by and Brian Fallon....
In the back seats of burned out cars
In the disenchantment lane
The ideal angels twist and turn
And ask forgiveness for future mistakes

But you and I, we've been through this
Maybe a hundred times before
Always hitchin' rides with strangers
That papa warned us about before

But you know the summer always brought in
That wild and reckless breeze
And in the backseats we just tried to find
Some room for our knees

And in the backseats we just tried to find some room to breathe
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room to breathe

And in the wild desert sun
We drove straight on through the night
We rode the fever out of Austin
Dreamed of California lights

Come July, we'll ride the Ferris wheel
Go 'round and 'round and 'round
And if you never let me go
Well, I will never let you down

And you know the summer always brought in
All those wild and reckless breezes
And in the backseats we just tried to find
Some room for our knees

And in the backseats we just tried to find some room to breathe
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room to breathe

And these cowboys all go crazy in the heat
Chasin' the lights and all the girls along the Santa Ana streets
They're just dyin' to meet
It meant nothin' to me

You know the summer always brought in
That wild and reckless breeze
And in the backseats we just tried to find
Some room for our knees

You know the summer always brought in
That wild and reckless breeze
And in the backseats we just tried to find
Some room for our knees

You know the summer always brought in
That wild and reckless breeze
And in the backseats we just tried to find
Some room for our knees, hey


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"The Backseat" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General Comment"Cowboys all go crazy in the heat" possibly a reference to Lorrie Morgan's Crazy From The Heat, a country song from the 60s/70s?

    The backseats of burnt out cars, the ferris wheel, Santa Ana etc are Springsteen references...

    Brilliant song. Anthemic almost
    lrb85on December 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"In the back seats of burned out cars" is likely an homage to Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road":
    "There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away
    They haunt this dusty beach road in the skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets
    They scream your name at night in the street"
    goodreverendon December 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe Ideal angels

    and

    Poppa warned us about before for your

    (?) spotts
    lutheriuson July 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt might be "try" instead of "tried", but considering the rest of the chorus is in past tense, I went with "tried".


    In the backseats of burned out cars in the disenchantment lane
    The ideal angels twist and turn and ask forgiveness for future mistakes
    But you and I, we've been through this maybe a hundred times before
    Always hitching rides with strangers that papa warned us about before

    But you know the summer always brought it, that wild and reckless breeze
    And in the backseat, we just tried to find some room for our knees
    And in the backseat, we just tried to find some room to breathe

    And in the wild desert sun, we drove straight on through the night
    We rode a fever out of Boston, dreamed of California lights
    Come July, we'll ride the ferris wheel, go round and round and round
    And If you never let me go, well, I will never let you down

    And you know the summer always brought it, all those wild and reckless breezes
    And in the backseat, we just tried to find some room for our knees
    And in the backseat, we just tried to find some room to breathe
    And now in the backseat, we just try to find some room to breathe

    And these cowboys all go crazy in the heat
    Chasing the lights in all the girls along the Santa Ana streets they're just dying to meet
    It meant nothing to me

    You know the summer always brought it, that wild and reckless breeze
    And in the backseat we just tried to find some room for our knees
    ghoststorieson July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone know what hes saying in the outro? i originally thought it was just woahs... but it sounds more and more like words to me now. incredible song, best on the album
    SamuelHWon November 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat poppa warned us about before
    Brian Fitzon September 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReminds me of the time my brother convinced me and my other brother to go out with him and some of his friends to this picnic thing. Eight people in his tiny car, driving on the highway with the windows rolled down, blasting music. Not a lot of knee space, but kind of cool.

    Really like this song.
    RA2y5on February 22, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"In the backseats of burned-out cars" is similar to the line "there's far too many diamonds in the backseats of borrowed cars" in their earlier song "Wooderson", just a little interesting thing I noticed...
    PiazzaNewYorkCatcheron April 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason i think the line is, "we rode a fever out of AUSTIN;" the song makes me thing of a road trip from texas to cali
    reginaldcranmeron August 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI hear so much of backstreets in this. Obviously Fallon loves Springsteen. Hiding on the Backstreets and "In the back seat just trying to find some room for our knees," seem to be about the same thing, trying to find some place to fit, whether it's a car or an alley. Love the GLA
    rbach48on June 22, 2012   Link

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