My circus train pulls through the night
Full of lions and trapeze artists
I'm done with elephants and clowns
I want to
Run away and join the office

Aimless sister, you're surrounded
Angel-faced and I'm astounded
How sweet you are

In your long, black American Car
And you know just where to find me
If I don't know who you are
You will remind me

There's a girl down in the bar
A flaming star upon her shoulder
Slugging hot pink frozen drinks
To put the foot down on her smolder

Easy, Cowboy, what's the rush now?
She may cleave me like a snowplow.
How sweet you are

All the lazy days are gone.
Still the grind is grinding on.
Throw the memories in a drawer.
Lock myself behind a door.

Lyrics submitted by tallgrl45

"American Car" as written by Mike Doughty Dan Wilson

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    General CommentThis is a really great song. I think it's about how he wants to get out of the crazy night life.
    tallgrl45on May 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like Doughty is tired of being in such a fun and easy life, he wants to know what its like to have to work hard now. It appears that he keeps finding women that suit him quite well, but in the end they leave him, and the long black american car, i dont know if this is true, but it reminds me of a hurse and how God knows exactly where you are, and even if you forgot God for most of your life, he will bring you into the light so you can make the journey towards heaven. It could just be about a woman who drives a long black american car i guess, but i invision the hurse, or a long black 60's business car like a cadilac.
    mplockon September 25, 2005   Link

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