"High Lonesome" as written by and Brian Fallon....
So the ambulances came
They took your pulse and packed up your things
And the papers read
Some boys forget what the heartache brings

And the pounding in the street
Was your heart in four-four time
And the taste of defeat
Was never too far from your mind

And Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand
I always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis
And in my head there's all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands
I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else

So gravity came
And stole the temple that the schoolboys praised
And the crowd shuffled in
You're getting drinks for the same boys who once bought you everything

And the powder on the bar was just this one time
The patter on the bar was just this one night
And only to get by

And Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand
I always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis
And in my head there's all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands
I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else

There was "Southern Accents" on the radio as I drove home
And at night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
It's a pretty good song, baby you know the rest
Baby, you know the rest

And Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand
Always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis
And in my head there's all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands
I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else

When our boots they hit the ground
They made a high and lonesome sound
When our boots they hit the ground
They made a high and lonesome sound
When our boots they hit the ground
They made a high and lonesome sound

When our boots they hit the ground
Down from the clouds
They made a high and lonesome sound


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"High Lonesome" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General CommentI think the song is about dealing with the clash of dreams and reality. The speaker is in love Maria and thats why he wants to look like Elvis (Counting Crows say she is looking for a boy who looks like Elvis) and also has the double meaning of him wanting to be famous. I think thats why he feels bad when Maria turns to drugs "And the powder on the bar was just this one time, The powder on the bar was just this one night, Only to get by". By the whole idea is that one of them (or both) wants to make it as a musician "Was your heart in 4/4 time" means that their heart is music. And the whole thing is that the dream is not working out but he wants it to "And in my head there's all these classic cars, And outlaw cowboy bands". Also the reference to "Souther Accents" has double meaning, one is Maria is homesick for the south and also that Tom Petty is someone who has the life the speaker wants "I always kinda sorta wish I'm someone else". That is the same as the reference to Springsteen "And at night I woke up, With the sheets soaking wet, It's a pretty good song, Maybe you know the rest" it means both that he is feeling that way and also that he wishes he was Springsteen. As for the end I am not sure what the high and lonesome sound means. It probably is a reference to bluegrass but I think it also means this empty sound, like how life is empty without a dream.
    Lastly I read a review a while ago that mentions the honesty of gaslight's lyrics. Reading the lyrics does not do the line "I always kinda sorta wish I'm someone else" justice. When you hear it it really seems like some sort of confession you would only say to a close friend. Oh gaslight is totally amazing! I really love the idea of the heart being in 4/4 time. Totally a great line!
    lovenightandrockon March 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love how it quotes Round Here by Counting Crows

    maria came from nashville with a suitcase in her hand, she said she'd like to meet a boy who looked like elvis
    punkkid6312on August 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt quotes Bruce Springsteen as well. The line "at night i wake up with the sheets soaking wet" is from "I'm on Fire". Quite a few of their songs have Springsteen references
    forgottensmileson August 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually it isn't so much about suicide as it is about getting older and the death of your childhood dreams. The second stanza really brings it home. Gravity take her body that used to bring all the boys to her and now she's stuck working at the bar where the boys would buy her drinks. ANd from there it's lines of cocaine to get by, but its always just for tonight.
    brick2.0on September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song ComparisonSurprised no one's mentioned, "crowd shuffled in" is a straight reference to Billy Joel's Piano Man, "It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday / and the regular crowd shuffles in." So she's working in the most depressing bar in the world.
    rmfnordon September 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about chasing stardom but then reality hits.

    Maria was popular in her hometown (You're getting drinks for the same boys, Who once bought you everything) and probably seemed talented in her small town, but once she left town to follow her dreams she realized that she was just like everyone else who chases stardom. That's what I get from the second verse. Maybe she kills herself because her dreams are dead or something?
    joshLISTEDon September 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure its the powder on the bar!
    geesecantdanceon July 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand outlaw cowboy bands?
    dpassen1on July 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    incredible.
    readingkerouacon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsome boys forget what the heartache brings
    lowapron August 21, 2008   Link

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