"Car Crash" as written by and William Michael Grubbs....
You're flat on your face in a field 50 feet from a burning Cadillac,
At least you were thrown clear, I'm still stuck in here
Kick off my shoes I let the flames crawl up and burn right through me,
I'm silent as a movie, I always thought you knew me better

At least you were thrown clear,
I'm still stuck in here

And now you are hurt, and you are sure I could not be hurt too.
And just because you're bleeding you think that I'm not bleeding,
And just because you're full of yourself doesn't mean I'm not
Full of you

At least you were thrown clear,
I'm still stuck in here

So we burn silently
Silent nights silent days
So we burn silently
It just seems wrong


Lyrics submitted by Gayborhood Gringo

"Car Crash" as written by William Michael Grubbs

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    My InterpretationThis is a really sad song. The "car crash" is obviously a metaphor for the end of a relationship. The metaphor can be interpreted beyond what is expressed in the song itself (e.g. They were both in the moving car, aka relationship, before it came to an unexpected stop). While the girl is "thrown clear" from the car (a safe distance away from the wreckage of their relationship), the singer is left trapped inside, consumed by the flames (grief) and unable to escape (move on).

    There's a certain bitter tone; "...just because you're bleeding / you think that I'm not bleeding". She assumes he doesn't share her pain but they were both hurt by the crash and he is the one left to burn in the wreckage, while they can easily recover and move on.

    That's my interpretation, anyway...
    $habon October 17, 2010   Link

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