Drivin' on 9
You could be a shadow
Beneath the street light
Behind my home

Drivin' on 9
I sure miss you
Pass a motel
Looking at the piles

Drivin' on 9
Looking for one thirty
Maybe I passed it
Go another mile

Drivin' on 9
Drivin' on 9

Drivin' on 9
you sure look pretty
Carson City
Walking down the aisle

Drivin' on 9
Does daddy have a shotgun
He said he'd never need one
Go another mile

Drivin' on 9

Drivin' on 9
Looking out my window sill
Wondering if I want you still
Wondering what's right

Drivin' on 9
Drivin' on 9
Drivin' on 9


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    General CommentThis song's a cover of an Ed's Redeeming Qualities song originally written and performed by a man. The original has the verse "Looking out my window sill / wondering if you took your pill / wondering if it's mine" and feels a lot darker than The Breeders version which is still pretty great.
    rmfnordon August 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I think it's about a country or desert girl that gets knocked up and marries the father of her baby even though he doesn't want to be in the picture and she's not sure she wants to marry him. I get the impression that she's leaving him as she's driving down 9, if you see the events described as backwards, it kind of makes sense.

    My boyfriend lived on a farm road 9 when I was in high school and this song always reminds me of him.
    LoserNo1on May 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song its one of my faves by the breeders...
    xbrettx
    brettylad666on January 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song its one of my faves by the breeders...
    xbrettx
    brettylad666on January 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always thought the last three verses were about a shotgun wedding.
    hypernationon January 10, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThe "Nine" could directly refer to a couple of different roads. Since The Breeders are from Dayton, you can assume it's either Ohio or Indiana (since that state is very close to Dayton). There's an Indiana State Route 9 and an Ohio State Route 9, and both intersect US 30 along their route. The Indiana version is closer and hits a few major towns, but it parallels I-69 for much of its route. Then again, it also provides a decent way of avoiding Indianapolis by heading north on it from I-70.
    Hard to tell. Maybe it's not a direct reference, but just generally about somewhat aimless driving.

    Definitely one of the songs on this album that makes it so damn good. I mean, the fiddle just sort of comes out of nowhere.
    bocmaximaon July 03, 2012   Link

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