I slipped on her shoe, she was a perfect size seven
I said "there's no smokin' in the store ma'am"
She crossed her legs and then
We made some small talk, that's where it should have stopped
She slipped me a number, I put it in my pocket
My hand slipped up her skirt, everything slipped my mind
In that little roadhouse On highway 29

It was a small town bank, it was a mess
Well I had a gun, you know the rest
Money on the floorboards, shirt was covered in blood
And she was cryin', her and me we headed south
On highway 29

In a little desert motel, the air it was hot and clean
l slept the sleep of the dead, I didn't dream
I woke in the morning washed my face in the sink
We headed into the Sierra Madres 'cross the borderline
The winter sun, shot through the black trees
I told myself it was all something in her
But as we drove I knew it was something in me
Something had been comin' for a long long time
And something that was here with me now
On highway 29

The road was filled with broken glass and gasoline
She wasn't sayin' nothin'', it was just a dream
The wind come silent through the windshield
All I could see was snow and sky and pines
I closed my eyes and I was runnin',
I was runnin' then I was flyin'



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    General CommentI think he completely made her up. "I told myself it was all something in her, but as we drove I knew it was something in me" makes me think that he is slowly starting to realize his capabilities as a criminal, etc. And the crash at the end is obviously the reality check, and "it was just a dream" is pretty ambiguous. What was a dream? Her? The robbery? The crash? All of it? I think however that the end is his death. It is a beautiful song nonetheless and one of my favorites from Tom Joad. Perhaps this is part of the reference to the Grapes of Wrath?
    InSilenceEasyon March 28, 2007   Link

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