I still remember driving
our lights disturbed the high way,
exchanging looks and dancing off the road.

Rose petals
strewn about like broken glass
on a freeway where
a passer-by enjoys a snowy day

I'm screaming
You're dancing in the rearview
The engine's burning
and angels come to life through
indents in the snow

I'm giving life to
the wasted nights that breathe
While holding on to
the winter night, it's beaten me

People make good wood for fires
but we're too hot to burn
Hit the brakes, I cried
This could be a dream
if I just closed my eyes


My face is numb
Your cheeks are cold
Children watch the crash unfold
Before their eyes, breaths become
spirits in the cold

Stumbling out I trip and fall
And watch you lie like a porcelain doll
Shivering and Shivering
You've gone away, You've gone away

This could be too much for me
your body stopped but your heart
kept driving
across the land, your never felt
it go


It's not in the words you told me
It's all in the way you looked at me.

Lyrics submitted by SleepySmile

Dancing In the Rearview song meanings
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    General Commentthe keyboard/? is so darling in this song.
    shejustwantstorockon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta car crash where the partner passes away? pretty sure.
    Puppetton January 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'd agree. Pretty sad theme but the song does not sound that sad (if you don't listen to the lyrics). Great song nonetheless
    SoWhyXon June 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe reminds me so much of Tom Woodhead (¡Forward, Russia!) in this song

    for some weird reason
    HomerunHenryon January 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentReally powerful song. I agree that it doesn't sound as sad as it is if you don't listen to the lyrics. I really like the last two lines.
    astallasmeghanon July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song started my love for this band. And i have a theory that the "porcelain doll" who passes on in the car accident in this one may be the "ghost who's skin is porcelain" who haunts him again in a York hotel from "Ghosts of York." York, PA or anywhere in (New)York where this band is based would be cold enough for this snowy scene.

    It's all in the way you looked at me.
    rearviewdancingon July 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI've lost her too
    vindicated.toeon May 31, 2014   Link

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