"Crash And Burn" as written by Sheryl Crow and Jeffrey Trott....
I watched the sun come up on Portland
I waved goodbye to all my friends
I packed my car and headed to LA
I gave away all my loose ends

Somebody said you gotta get away
To want to go back home again
I left my universe standing there
Holding the hand of my best friend

And it's laughter that I feel when I think of you
It's one more dusty rose about to turn
I'll see you when I reach New Mexico
If I'm in the mood to crash and burn

I wrote a letter that I never mailed
I rehearsed a dialogue in my head
In case you ever wanted to track me down
I'll take my cell phone to bed

And it's laughter that I hear when I close my eyes
And it's one more punchline I forgot to learn
I call you up when my bottle's dry
I'm on my way to crash and burn

Antigone laid across the road
And let a mack truck leave her there for dead
Just because her lover split the scene
Well love might be great but why lose your head

Well, it's laughter that comes up when I cry for you
And my heart may break again before it learns
And I might be stupid enough to want to fall again
'Cause I've gotten use to the crash and burn

I say I've gotten use to the crash and burn


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"Crash and Burn" as written by Jeff Trott Sheryl Crow

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    General CommentI agree with Lilac Wine. I think, especially considering the "I packed by car and headed to LA" line, that this song was written about Sheryl's state of mind after her fiance left her and she booked it to L.A. from Missouri. It's about depression, but not really, about a loss of hope for love, but not really. She sings, "I've gotten used to the crash and burn," but I just don't feel like she feels disenchanted with the idea of love, despite this "rough spot" in life. This song is about the acute depression experienced right after the end of one particular relationship. And it is freakin' amazing.
    VegasJameson June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a failed love affair...she's moved to LA to forget this guy, and had to leave her home and her best friend, but she's still in love with him deep down. She's done all the usual things you do - writing a letter and not sending it; imagining the guy of your dreams tracking you down - what would you say to him? And now she's in LA she's going overboard thinking about back home.
    Lilac Wineon May 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBy the way, on the Globe Sessions CD, it says "(Work In Progress)" under this song's title. I never took Sheryl literally, expecting an actual new, more "complete" version of this song (to me, it's perfect as is), but it would be interesting to hear another take of it if Sheryl is ever in the mood to rework it.
    VegasJameson June 30, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the reason she left her hometown in the first place was because her lover ended up in a relationship with her best friend... "I left my universe standing there holding the hand of my best friend". Agreeing with VegasJames, I think the "crash and burn" refers to the instant heartbreak in being rejected (crash) and the slow and sometimes painful process of getting over it (burn). Now she sees the relationships that lie ahead of her having an inevitable "Crash and Burn".
    DaverRaveron April 01, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"I left my universe standing there Holding the hand of my best friend " -
    That line, imo, gives huge context to the rest of the song.
    tomorrinon September 13, 2013   Link

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