"Trucker's Atlas" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green....
I'm going to Colorado
To unload my head
I'm going to New York City
And that's in New York, friends
I'm going to Arizona
Sex on the rocks all warm and red
And we all bled
And the writing in the stall says
We write our maps in the stalls
I'm going up to Alaska
I'm gonna get off scot-fucking-free
And we all did

This trucker's atlas roads the ways
The freeways and highways don't know
The buzz from the bird on my dash
Road locomotive phone

I don't feel and it feels great
I sold my atlas by the freight stairs
I did lines and I crossed roads
I crossed the lines of all the great state roads
I'm going up over to Montana
You got yourself a trucker's atlas
You knew you were all hot
Maybe you'll go and blow a gasket
Start at the northwest corner
Go down through California
Beeline, you might drive three days
And three nights to the tip of Florida

Do you speak the lingo?
Oh no?
How far does your road go?
Oh you don't know?


Lyrics submitted by Ducks, edited by AntiGravityTapes

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    General Commenti think this song is absolutely gorgeous. it's so pure and lovely. the lyrics may not fit to you, but i can imagine someone on a road trip feeling mellow and pensive. it's got a definite bittersweet feel to it.
    moonhatchon October 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOh dear...Mr. Monticello, I don't mean to be difficult, but...Tiny Cities, the Sun Kil Moon album of Modest Mouse covers, uses a selection of MM songs to present an overarching narrative: someone loses a loved one, and does a bunch of questionable things (like drugs) to deal with it, and finally achieves some kind of catharsis or resolution, sort of. Trucker's Atlas is a song about doing hard drugs all by yourself (either coke or speed, not sure which), with the intention of getting away from something unpleasant (like a bad memory); specifically, snorting something off of the cover of a road atlas. Brock sings it like a young man, when it still seems like a good idea; Kozelek sings it like an older man, when there's nothing sadder than doing hard drugs all by yourself. And he nails it. It's a beautiful cover of a great song.
    TedPikulon March 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply gorgeous. Mark Kozelek's guitar pattern is a thing of beauty.
    Rickveeon February 05, 2017   Link
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    General Commenti just heard like 20 seconds of this version. god does it ever fucking blow (lozl). it doesn't capture the theme of this song's lyrics AT ALL!
    monticelloon August 01, 2009   Link

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