You roared into the driveway of our
southwestern ranch style house
On a new Kawasaki,
all yellow and black,
fresh out of the showroom
Our house faced west
so the big orange sun
positioned at your back
Lit up your magnificent sillhouette
How much better, how much better, could my life get?
900 cubic centimeters of raw whining power, no outstanding warrants for my arrest
Whoa, the pirate's life for me

I hopped on back of the bike,
wrapped my arms around you
I sank my face
into your hair
And then I inhaled
as deeply as I possibly could
You were sweet and delicious
as the warm desert air
And you pointed your headlamp toward the horizon
We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn't have his eyes on
900 cc's of raw whining power, no outstanding warrants for my arrest
Hi diddly dee!
the pirate's life for me

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    General CommentI couldn't get that attached to a motorcycle.
    yimenoon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this is the beginnings of trip that leads to the events of the song "Fault Lines"
    SasquatchAttackon May 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentrock and roll. i love this song
    fromthehouseoflordson December 06, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"how much better, how much better could my life get?
    nine hundred cubic centimeters of raw whining power
    no outstanding warrants for my arrests
    whoa, the pirate's life for me "

    thats the sweet creamy center, the good stuff.
    think tankon February 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"we were the one thing in the galaxy god didn't have his eyes on"

    I have never heard a live bootleg of this song without this lyric being changed to "we were the two things in the galaxy..." does that in any sort of way mean that john has a different take on the song. I know sometimes he does change the lyrics when performing them, but that just seems like a powerful move.
    Mistar_Glasson June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think Ive heard the same boot Mr Glass. If it is, it sounded like he'd had a few drinks by the time he got to that one, maybe he just got it wrong? In the same set he did a version of Source Decay that was slightly different (and far, far superior to the AHWT version too).
    dagwoodon September 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually, john darnielle doesn't really drink that much. the songs are more storytelling than his own life. I saw him this last July in brooklyn, one of the only concerts he has played alone (like back when this album was recorded!) in the past 4 years. He was sober, as well as incredibly articulate and intelligent.
    kozmikon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, I've heard bootlegs where I really felt he was drunk.
    A bunch of them really.
    He talks about it as he drinks.
    And my friend went to see him and said that he drank all throughout the show.
    He told me he does it alot.
    death_list5on March 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcorrection:

    where it says
    "on a new [motorcycle]"

    he's saying
    "on a new Kawasaki"

    which is a brand of motorcycle.
    Colosimoon November 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK, so the motorcycle is the same one from Fall of the Star High School Running Back", right? 'Cause the cover says it's about, among other things, one motorcycle. But how are these songs related? It couldn't be William in the song, because how many seventeen-year-olds share a house with a romantic partner? And the bike is described as being brand new in this song, so it's sort of baffling. This is the only part of the AHWT mythos that I can't really get my head around, so if anyone can shed some light...
    chairmanroflmaoon September 25, 2008   Link

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