We passed 800 miles talking circles about living with loss
You said your sense of humor’s always helped you get above & across
Every hurdle, every chasm, every shocking & unspeakable blow
Just proves the universe is chaos so you laugh to clear the lump from your throat

But if you’re fixed on being bitter
Go be bitter on your own
We’re still two hours from El Paso
Arizona’s such a long way to go

The chemicals were coursing through our bloodstreams at incongruous rates
I was time-traveling inward through a past life I can never erase
You were hanging out the window, you said: “We’re just a beggar’s banquet in space”
You were laughing at the moon, you were cursing it for wearing your face

Me & New Mexico are orphans
Or is it bastards? Either way:
I know a guy in Roswell
We’ll hitch a moonride, steal you back your face

You sleep and whistle “Blackbird” backwards while my eyes cut her name in clay.
You wake to Mesa, Arizona
Say, “Let it go. She’ll change her mind someday.”
You took the wheel in Mesa, Arizona.
Said, “I got the rest, man.
You can drift away.”


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    General Commentwhy hasnt anyone commented on this song??
    its one of my favorites on the album. kevin tells such beautiful stories.
    hilbyon October 22, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningGreat song. Seems to me its dealing with two friends taking a road trip to help a one deal with a relatoionship that ended. Its very consoling.
    Yumanon November 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThat ending... so amazing. I live on the border of Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona. My ex girlfriend, that lives in Mesa, and I had a very bad falling out but I want her back, maybe one day she'll change her mind.
    Kixur413on December 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love the line "Just proves the universe is chaos so you laugh to clear the lump from your throat"
    I feel the same way. I don't think that it's possible to get through this life sane without laughter. Humor has always been a way for me to cope, even in the darkest, unfunniest moments. Awesome song and awesome band!
    PickleMcNuggeton May 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus reminds of Lua.

    I love how KD manages to say a simple things in a complex way "I was time-traveling inward through a past life I can never erase" which is reminiscing on loss.
    Effexoron June 18, 2011   Link

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