Woke up this morning my house was cold
Checked out the furnace she wasn't burnin'
Went out and hopped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain't turnin'
We've given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain't learnin'
We're the same sad story that's a fact
One step up and two steps back

Bird on a wire outside my motel room
But he ain't singin'
Girl in white outside a church in June
But the church bells they ain't ringing
I'm sittin' here in this bar tonight
But all I'm thinkin' is
I'm the same old story same old act
One step up and two steps back

It's the same thing night on night
Who's wrong baby who's right
Another fight and I slam the door on
Another battle in our dirty little war
When I look at myself I don't see
The man I wanted to be
Somewhere along the line I slipped off track
I'm caught movin' one step up and two steps back

There's a girl across the bar
I get the message she's sendin'
Mmm she ain't lookin' to married
And me well honey I'm pretending
Last night I dreamed I held you in my arms
The music was never-ending
We danced as the evening sky faded to black
One step up and two steps back



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    General Commenti think it's about a man and his struggle to be the person he wants to be, to the woman he loves. Everytime he's ''almost'' there, he just takes one step back again, and he's disapointing himself and her, once more.
    my favourite lines are

    There's a girl across the bar
    I get the message she's sendin'
    Mmm she ain't lookin' to married
    And me well honey I'm pretending

    you can just picture bruice sat in some little american bar, looking at a woman and knowing nobody will be able to love him, the way that his woman did.

    The dream at the end is also beautiful, when i first heard this song it made me cry.
    that_sullen_girlon July 08, 2005   Link

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