the night is calm so lets go for a ride.
it's these simple things that keep us alive.
we left the children sleeping for all i know.
we let the neons show us the way to go.
the night is calm but a cold wind blows.
living is dying sometimes i know.
there's a bad unkind thing in the air tonight.
but we let the neons show us where to hide.

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Yellow Lights Mean Slow Down, Not Speed Up song meanings
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    General Commentto me, this song is about running from who you are, what you're expected to do, etc. the night is calm, likely the "calm before the storm" perhaps. or maybe it's just a relative lull. in any case, taking the drive, getting out onto the open road, deserted, late at night, listening to mellow music and driving nowhere in particular gives him some sort of emotional, depressed rush (its these simple things that keep us alive).

    he's being reckless, likely because he doesn't feel he has much to lose (left the children sleeping for all i know). he's on auto-pilot, driving wherever he goes, kept on the road (guided, shown where to go) only by the electric lights (let the neons show us the way to go) along the streets.

    the seemingly innocent nature of going for a drive at night isn't all that it seems (night is calm, cold wind blows). he's letting the drive be his escape from his reality (the lights that show him where to go also show him where to hide). the bad, unkind thing in the air is his desire to end it all, perhaps. to drive until he runs out of gas, hits a wall, drives into a ditch... (living is dying sometimes i know)
    bobulouson January 01, 2008   Link

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