There's a thousand black cars
Driving around in my blood stream
I'd have to take a thousand pills
To find out where their headlights lead.
Is it cold New York?
Is it freezing in your bed?
Because I caught a deep chill
When I went over the Hudson again.
It's alright, counting city lights,
Where the Turnpike divides,
Waving goodbye to my former life.
I don't want to be a self-medicator
But it's hard to sleep when you're born to run.
I'm sick of living life in the Garden State Trap
But all the roads are pointing home again.
Holy Cross has got a headstone all picked out for me
And my only job is to walk around until I fall down at it's feet.
Maybe home is just the place you can never escape:
From the Camden City graves to the edge of the Palisades
It's alright, counting city lights,
Where the Turnpike divides,
Waving goodbye to my former life.
I don't want to be a self-medicator
But it's hard to sleep when you're born to run.
I'm sick of living life in the Garden State Trap
But all the roads are pointing home again.
And I'll be counting the city lights
Blinking on and off tonight as life passes by
And I'm left behind, standing on the shoulder of the Jersey Turnpike.
Buildings seem to rise like coffins full of stars getting buried in the sky.
You want to laugh and dance... to be free? Well, alright-----
I've been thinking about those days I wanted to sleep
And you'd wake me up just before you'd leave
And I'd fall back into a dream:
Walking in fresh city snow that you'd never seen
And I'd never leave your side.


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    General CommentA lot of the lyrics for No Devolución were apparently influenced by Geoff's marriage being "on the rocks" as he says. I think much of this song is about trying to carry on with life and adjust to the changes that come with breaking up from a long-term relationship. As for the ending, it seems more about reflecting on the time before the relationship went wrong.. I think this part really captures the way life can be like a beautiful dream when you're with someone you love and it's all going well. I also read in an interview with Geoff that the ending melody was inspired by the Shudder to Think song X-French T-shirt.
    flexibleheadson April 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLove the Bruce Springsteen Born to Run reference, hell yes. What do they put in the water up in New Jersey that spawns such great musicians, seriously?
    FrankTumbletyon May 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIs it freezing in your bed?
    Because I caught a deep chill.

    This made me think of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart.

    Holy Cross has got a headstone all picked out for me
    And my only job is to walk around until I fall down at it's feet.

    Simply brilliant. Your fate is sealed, and there's nothing you can do about it.
    MileHighMarkon June 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm absolutely in love with the ending.
    jonneh_on September 03, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song screams addiction to me. "I don't want to be a self-medicator But it's hard to sleep when you're born to run. I'm sick of living life in the Garden State Trap But all the roads are pointing home again." I know the feeling all to well when you use heroin or any addictive substance your home becomes a black hole it becomes a trap and all the roads lead back home to a trap that makes you very sick and tired. you feel no way out also most addicts are running from reality theres some aspect of it that they cannot face. i know the feeling of running all to well to. also when you use everyday begins to feel like its your last like your just waiting to die. "Holy Cross has got a headstone all picked out for me And my only job is to walk around until I fall down at it's feet" you feel like you sealed your fate because you cant find any way out and if you've never struggled with addiction you do not truely know what it is like so please do not comment saying addiction cant be that bad because the sad truth is theres no way around misery when you use heroin
    tommyl3on October 09, 2011   Link
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    MemoryThis was Thursday's encore on 12/2/11 at the Bottom Lounge, their last concert in Chicago. It was a spiritual experience. I was hoping for "War All Time" as an encore, but I think closing with a new song made a bold statement about where the band has gone in 14 years.
    CityofBlueTileon December 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentGeoff said at the show a couple weeks ago that this song is about when he moved back to New Jersey, about going home, presumably after separation from his wife.

    This is the last song they've been playing for their last shows. I don't think there could be a more fitting end for such a true and genuine band
    mminczeson December 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song could definitely be about Geoff coming back home to New Jersey, and saying goodbye to his former life. There's a lot of references to death, not as in the parting of the senses, but as in the death of a significant period in one's life. (black cars, headstone, coffin).

    You can imagine Geoff passing over the Hudson into jersey at night (experiencing the unwelcoming chill of being back in a place he doesn't really want to be), and he's staring at the city lights and buildings, images that would usually be beautiful and all he can see is the death of his former life (the building seem to rise like coffins).

    I think this is more personal of a song than Thursday has put out in a while so it really feels like it's about Geoff, but it could really be about anyone who has ever felt like they've made so much progress in life (grown up, left home, got married) and now they're back at home. Almost feels like taking one gigantic step backwards.
    fingerprints4on January 27, 2012   Link

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