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Oh the last time I saw Paul
I was horrible and almost let him in
But I stopped and caught the wall
And my mouth got dry so all I did was
Take him for a spin

Yeah we hopped inside my car
And I drove in circles 'round the freight train yard
And he turned the headlights off
Then the pulled the bottle out
And then he showed me what is love

I'll be your morning bright good-night shadow machine
I'll be your record player baby if you know what I mean
I'll be a real tough cookie with the whisky breath
I'll be a killer and a thriller and the cause of our death

In the blossom of the months
I was sure that I'd get driven off with thought
So I swallowed all of it
As I realized there was no one who could kiss away my shit

I'll be your morning bright good-night shadow machine
I'll be your record player baby if you know what I mean
I'll be a real tough cookie with the whisky breath
I'll be a killer and a thriller and the cause of our death

Well Paul, I know you said
That you'd take me any way I came or went
But I'll push you from my brain
See, you're gentle baby
I couldn't stay, I'd only bring you pain

I was your starry-eyed lover and the one that you saw
I was your hurricane rider and the one that you'd call
We were just two moonshiners on the cusp of a breath
And I've been burning for you baby since the moment I left.


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    My InterpretationI can't believe there are no comments on this song yet. One of my favorites of all time--dreamy and beautiful.

    I think this song is about a girl who used to be with Paul. He was a nice guy, she really cared about him and he legitimately cared about her, which she almost couldn't believe--she's used to abusive guys, guys who don't show affection ("In the blossom of the months I was sure that I'd get driven off with thought"). She had problems, and he knew that...accepted them and maybe even liked them. Liked that she was troubled ("real tough cookie with the whiskey breath"), liked that he could "save her" ("I was your starry-eyed lover and the one that you saw/I was your hurricane rider and the one that you'd call")...and she let him for a while. Then she realized he couldn't fix her ("there was no one who could kiss away my shit") and he would stay with her, committed and all in, no matter how bad things were ("a killer and a thriller and the cause of our death"), so she ended things. Now he's shown back up at her door. And she wants to just start back with him, but she knows better, so they go for a drive to talk. He turns things romantic, and she starts to give in, but has to end things for good. She was destructive to herself and him, and she'll always love him, but she knows they shouldn't be together ("We were just two moonshiners on the cusp of a breath/And I've been burning for you baby since the moment I left.")
    RachWho?on July 25, 2017   Link

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