A one, two, three, four

It was a long walk to the parked car
Keep your head down, keep your hands warm
I already can't see straight
Miles and miles from where we began

And I heard steel on steel
Blinding light and grating wheels
Everything moves so fast
Leaves no time to ask
Does nothing last?
Do all things pass?
Just ash to ash?

It was a short story to tell
Over and over to myself
Each time it became more clear
The only one to blame was standing here

And I heard steel on steel
Blinding light and grating wheels
Everything moves so fast
Leaves no time to ask
Does nothing last?
Do all things pass?
Just ash to ash?

What a curse
What a lie
Destined to survive
And relive every night
Like my hands were tied


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    General Commentwell, I have to say that this is a great song...
    J. Tillma is just so talented, solo and in Fleet Foxes

    as for interpretation, I think that this song is pretty self-explanatory.
    he recalls a cold night were he and his significant other had been drinking, hence the "can't see straight" line. as they drove away they got into a car accident causing the "steel on steel" sound. He had no time to react since everything moved so fast. He survives the wreck, but she doesn't, causing him to blae himself every time he thinks about it. He see's how fragile life is and wonders "does nothing last?" He probably has nightmares about the incident, causing him to relive the event every night. He probably see's life as meaningless without her since he thinks it is a curse to have survived and lived.

    This song seems so uplifting due to the beat, yet it's such a downer when you read the lyrics
    what do i geton September 15, 2009   Link

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