We drove after the show
On dark and windy roads
The fog was so thick
I couldn't see through it
We had to take it slow
But little did I know
While I did my best to keep us alive
You were dying out there on the west coast
And the red and blue lights looked so bright in the fog
With no seat belts on and an expired license plate
That Vermont state police man must've known what was to come
He took it easy easy on us, and let us drive away
The road seemed to go on forever that night
And the hour kept getting late
And all the cellphone towers that we drove past
Had a grim look on their face
Cause they knew what they had to do
But they didn't wanna break the news
It's an awful job that no one wants to do

Kept awake by crazy dogs
Too much baking powder used
I had 7 missed calls
So I knew that it was bad, that news
I went to the van, tasted metal in my mouth
Played that message back again and again
Just hoping that I heard it wrong somehow
And the people on the streets they stare at me
As I stared off into space
Like a statue in the back seat, like a coffin in the grave
I stood frozen in purple rain
And I waited for the phone call to come to tell me
That this was one of your pranks
And I waited for weeks and weeks to let
A tear roll down my face
And I knew what I had to do
But I didn't wanna break the news
It's an awful job that no one wants to do

So this is where you went
When you left to try to kill the president
We tracked you down, and we dragged you back into the van somehow
I threw you against a fence
I felt so bad for doing it
The next morning I just left, and I drove all alone
Feeling so fucking sick
And somewhere in Pennsylvania, I saw a dozen Amish women on a bridge
They waved at me when I drove underneath and worried about what it meant,
This was years ago, I know
But now I'm back again
And the god damn telephone's telling me that I don't have a best friend
And I don't want to go home, because home's not where I live
So I play that message one more time again.

Lyrics submitted by Aniland, edited by communism12, JuanSattva

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