"Turnpike Ghost" as written by and Jack Antonoff....
I want to live like I did back then
With the stars in my eyes and the blood
From the heart of my pen
With my hood pulled up in the light
Of the night
I will smoke in the bed like a ghost white light
On the turnpike

You didn't lift my world off me
But you said let it go so I did and now I see
That my friends are gonna leave me
If they don't believe that they can save me

You don't have to live like that
You don't have to live like that

Like a bolt of lightning
You stop life moves on
Then you wake up frightened
What's going on, what's going on

I'm waking up tired
No god has appeared
I never ever really found real faith
In the fear

You don't have to live like that
You don't have to live like that

I'm so sorry for the things I said
But a lot of me died when a part of her did
Like a dream it's a fear and it won't
Carry out
I will live an easy nightmare plant a seed
In your garden of doubt

You didn't lift my world off me
But you said let it go so I did and now I see
That my friends are gonna leave me
If they don't believe that they can save me

You don't have to live like that
You don't have to live like that

Like a bolt of lightning
You stop life moves on
Then you wake up frightened
What's going on? What's going on?

I'm waking up tired, no god has appeared
I never ever really found real faith in the fear
Let me wash it away, let me wash it away
You'll never ever really find real faith in the fear

You don't have to live like that
You don't have to live like that
You don't have to live like that
You don't have to live like that


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    General CommentWhen I first took a good look into the lyrics after I get many good listenings of how awesome their melodies and rhythms are so delicious. Well, at first the lyrics "i'm waking up tired, no god has appeared, i never ever really found real faith in the fear" and I was like oh, a little bit of a personal jab at religion in general, since much behind having faith, is the fear that is driving it.

    But, as I remembered at one of their shows they did a lot of Jew jokes, and then said they were Jewish and were having a laugh at themselves. Now I see that this would be a good theme song for Kyle in south park as he is dealing with the same real life situation as these guys.

    Take a look at "that my friends are gonna leave me if they don't believe that they can save me" Likely Christian friends who perhaps only value a friendship as a potential convert. Believe in Jesus and you will be saved. When they see they're not going to make "progress" on someone, they anull the friendship and move on, because religion is valued more than pure friendship.

    You don't have to live like that.

    You didn't lift my world off me, but you said let it go, so i did and now I SEE.

    wonderfully written song
    jellydonut13on July 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGreat song! I love the cover that Tegan and Sara did as well.
    seaChelon January 10, 2011   Link

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