Driving home to be with you
The highway's dividing, the city's in view
As usual I'm almost on time
You're the last thing that's on my mind
I wish I could tell you the way that I feel
But tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

No commotion, no screaming brakes
Most of it's over before I awake
From the ceiling my coffee cup drips
While out my window the horizon does flips
The worst part was hitting the ground
Not the feeling so much as the sound
Can't help but wonder if all this is real 'cause
Tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

Rubberneck traffic and passers-by
Slow Motion Walter the fire engine guy
Stand around with their mouths open wide
I heard some idiot ask if someone's inside
With the Jaws of Life they tried and they tried
Nobody here can know how I feel 'cause
Tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

I guess it's over now
Because I've never seen so much,
Never seen so much, never seen
So much blood

In all the confusion there's something serene
I'm just a posthumous part of the scene
Now I'm floating above looking in
As the radio blares and wheels spin
I can see my face slumped with a grin
And you, you're the last thing on my mind
You're the last thing on my mind
You're the last thing on my mind
You're the last thing on my mind.



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"Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel" as written by Steven/robertson Page

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  • +1
    General Comment:I love how 'You're the last thing on my mind' has 2 different meanings. In the beginning when he says it, and at the end when he says it. Just think about it
    mrcleanon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:And I forgot to say it, but Tonight is the Night ... is the last official song on the album so, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings" is particularly cogent.....

    But then, they add a hidden track! Again, to me this is BNL humour.

    Great fun!
    Titianon June 16, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation:*** ALERT completely original spin on this song ahead :) ***

    In the beginning of the song he says "almost on time" and what is probably a Woman that she's the "last thing on his mind."

    These are selfish statements. He is late, not thinking about her and feels bad about that. He's not communicating very well with her. (If you have been in a relationship you know how communication is key.)

    At the end as he floats out of his body he says...

    Now I'm floating above looking in
    I can see my face slumped with a grin
    And you, you're the last thing on my mind

    And you..... refers to himself in the car!!!!

    As he floats away HE'S LOOKING AT HIMSELF and we know that because as he says "I can see my face" he immediately follows it with "And you" He's telling himself, his dead body that HE'S the last thing on his mind. He's no longer selfish... it's not about him anymore because he's dead, he's thinking about how his Woman/Family is going to feel about this.

    So really he is thinking about his Woman or Family but the AND YOU part is about himself.

    Mind Blown?
    You Welcome.
    tomflash80kkon February 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"You're the last thing on my mind" Is this a good thing or a bad thing? as in..is she really the last thing on his mind before he dies, or is he not thinking about her at all?
    weezerific:cutleryon June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I love the song just because of how freakin disturbing it is
    mrcleanon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It took me over a year to get the double meaning in "You're the last thing on my mind."
    I sang this song for an audition for a high school play when i was a freshman. they didn't let me finish (they didn't think i was bad, they cut a lot of people off) but if you don't get to the end, it sounds like a sick song. people were laughing as a sung it, the directors probably thought i was psycho. when i was done, someone asked me "who sings that, adam sandler?" i was not happy. oh well. i love this song
    wrionon July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i DO enjoy this song!
    really strange, great lyrics. unusually good, actually. what a fucking vivid description of a car wreck.
    daffyon August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:what the hell no one mentions the circus music in the background?
    creepy..yet romantic in a way i guess...
    Kayla610on April 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is said to be the most gory out of all of them.
    neko-chanon April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is why I love the Barenaked Ladies. This has to be the best love song I have ever heard.
    Kiloon April 18, 2004   Link

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