"Road Regrets" as written by and Dan Mangan....
We drive until the gas is gone
And then walk until our feet are torn
Crawl until we feed the soil
Film the whole thing

It's all business in the left-hand lane
Drive there and then drive back again
Escape can't be the only way to escape

So I've gotten used to coffee sweats
Still getting used to road regrets
And hell I took you up on all your threats to leave

It's a shame
It's a crying shame
Them's the breaks
And ain't it always the way
That takes you back to from where it is you came

And Robbie likes his country tunes
It's never been the lens that I see through
But I guess driving for a week or two
Puts words in your mouth

So find dodge and then get out of it
It's about as country as I get
So you ain't living 'til you're living it
Not dead 'til you die

But watch out for the paraphrase
'Cause they will crown you and they will take your legs
See the cost is more than what you get paid
But do it anyway

It's a shame
It's a crying shame
Them's the breaks
And ain't it always the way
It takes you back to from where it is you came

It's a shame
It's a crying shame
Them's the breaks
And ain't it always the way
It takes you back to from where it is you came


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"Road Regrets" as written by Dan Mangan

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    General Comment"So find Dodge and then get out of it"

    It's a city in Kansas and a catch phrase from western movies.
    smallesttruthon November 10, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis song is simply amazing!
    stelladaniellaon January 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard this for the first time yesterday. The fact that I specifically sought it out today speaks volumes.
    caitrockon November 14, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIt's "Find Dodge and then get out of it".
    Really really wonderful song by a wonderful artist! He played a show in my town on my birthday but I couldn't go, so my friend had him write me a happy birthday note.
    beautifulanddoomedon January 10, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about being a touring musician. As one myself, I know several of the feelings he is describing first hand. The first verse describes how you can feel a lot of the time- beat down, tired, and weary, but still having the time of your life- "film the whole thing".

    Nearly every morning starts with a large cup of strong coffee. As the day progresses, you feel it slowly start to leave your body.

    I had one particular tour that was a little too long where I nearly lost my mind, and had a course of actions that changed my life forever. I feel like something similar may have happened to Dan.

    "The gas (or cost?) is more than you get payed"

    Sometimes, you aren't making nearly enough money to sustain yourself, but you have no real choice but to continue and hope things get better.

    "Escape can't be the only way to escape"

    I feel like a lot of people have these preconceived notion that their life will get better if they just "skip town" and get away from everything. But, problems need to be solved internally.

    Trust me, any touring musician can relate to this song. It's usually the time of your life, but it definitely isn't easy.
    amillerrron October 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentFind God and then get out of it.

    The cost is more than you get paid.

    ... and I don't agree with either ... we get more than we give. Always.
    Christingirlon January 10, 2011   Link

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