I chose a life of missed callings
And lost hopes of empty trains and railway dreams.
Losing fast and gaining steam.
I was born tonight down highway skies.
When miles race under my head I'll remember what you said.
And I'll stay out till it's done for me.
And my legacy will be one that keeps pushing me away.
So it's back to engines underfoot and miles of great disdain.
They never understand the way I walk.
And it's you that knows it's the way I talk
That keeps me from knowing
When I should see the things you're showing me.
And it's you I want to do this to.
And it's looks like that that'll make me stay with you.
Keep your cool I'll be home soon.
And know that it's you.
Hey Scottie.
Come on.






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The Truth About Lars Lyrics as written by Ari Zev Katz, Daniel Benjamin Yemin, David J Palaitis, Peter M Martin, Scot Golley

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    I chose a life of missed callings And lost hopes Of empty trains Railway dreams Losing fast Gaining steam

    I was born tonight down highway skies

    When miles race under my head I'll remember what you said And I'll stay out till it's done for me And my legacy will be one that keeps me pushing me away So it's back to engines Underfoot And miles of great disdain

    They never understand the way I walk And you know it's the way I talk That keep me from knowing when I should see The things you're showing me And it's you I want to do this to And it's looks like that that'll make me stay with you

    Keep your cool I'll be home soon And know that it's you It's you It's you

    instantramenon February 20, 2007   Link
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    i think this song has something to do with graffiti, particularly on trains

    "my legacy will be one that keeps pushing me away" i.e. the train pushes his work away

    and at the end, he is telling his girl that even though he dissapears at night to go paint, he always comes home

    skvmfvckon May 27, 2009   Link

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