I was driving up from Tampa
When the radiator burst
I was three sheets to the wind
A civilian saw me first
And then there was the cop
And then the children standing on the corner
Your love is like a cyclone in a swamp
And the weather's getting warmer

I was getting out of jail
Heading to the Greyhound
You said you'd hop on one yourself
And meet me on the way down
I was shaking way too hard to think
Dead on my feet about to drop
Went and got the case of vodka from a car
And walked the two miles to the bus stop

Got on the bus half drunk again
The driver glared at me
Met up with you in Inglis
Thumbed a ride to Cedar Key
If we never make it back to California
I want you to know I love you
But my love is like a dark cloud full of rain
That's always right there up above you
Hey!


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    General Commentthe metaphor of love as weather is great. the last few lines are cool because of the way Darnielle delivers them. the lines: "If we never make it back to California/I want you to know I love you" could be taken as tender and sweet, and they are, but there's a certain menace to them in the way he spits them out.
    yallon November 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthell yes. this song is definetly a JAM. the most kickass lyrics are accompanied by a driving drum and bass line. i would give anything to see them jam this live.
    fuckedupdogon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is definitely better live, which i didn't think was possible. that little guitar bit between verses is the highlight for me, but the whole thing is really fantastic. john darnielle breaking it down on stage is pretty much the best thing ever.
    yourtwowinterson May 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me soooo much of the Will Christopher Baer character, Phineas Poe. He's almost exactly like this guy. The way the song is sung is something I can imagine being the background music for the book. If you guys can, check out Will Christopher Baer's books. You will LOVE me for it.
    IAmAClicheon June 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIAmACliche: I never really noticed until you mentioned it, but it does rather remind me of Phineas.

    Anyways regardless it is a very awesome song.
    displacedfeveron May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIAmACliche: I never really noticed until you mentioned it, but it does rather remind me of Phineas.

    Anyways regardless it is a very awesome song.
    displacedfeveron May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat is song means to me comes form both the way its sang and the line "got on the bus halfdrunk again, the driver glared at me". that line gives me an interpretation that doesnt quite match the rest of the lyics, but sort of matches the singing style and mood.

    i think in this song, the alphas are really stuck in a rut in talahassee. they're bored and in a dark place. they're behavior is more destrtuctive then ever. the townsfolk see them as nothing more than trouble (once agian, that busdriver line).

    it's a song about being stuck in a bitter angry place both wanting to leave and wanted to rebel alongside your emotions.
    Cyrus_and_Jeffon July 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentavery is wrong, this isn't emo
    shariefon December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Went and got the case of vodka from a car
    And walked the two miles to the bus stop'
    This line is hilarious! I never expect it, at first it seems so out of character then you start thinking about the guy being a alcoholic without a drivers licence...
    Man, and,
    'If we never make it back to California
    I want you to know I love you'
    Wicked.
    HEYBeenTryingToMEETyouon June 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentRedLeaf
    just now

    Rated 0 "drunk-ass white, middle-class male punk of North Central Florida" Having lived in Tallahassee my entire life (22 years) I can honestly say I've not noticed any particular amount of these types being more prevelant here than in any other places. I think Tallahassee was written with the area in mind from when John lived in town (mid to late 90s i think)

    Living on Southwood plantation Road...Inglis and Cedar key: all places off HWY 27. Also in 'Alpha Rats' the allusion to the refinery at St. Marks (which had an old fire engine parked at its decrepit front gate for years back in the 90s) makes me think they know something about the area or have kinfolk connections cause only locals or people with a connection to the area would take HWY 27 (or the female half "coming down here, and you-")

    HWY 27 however IS seeing America Right. (also pretty right wing) Shitty po-dunk meth/alcohol ridden towns. Turpentiners back in the early 20s century destroyed the natural landscape. Just ugly ugly nothingness out there. All of these places mentioned are junked-out, forgotten places. Youll notice 27 has lots of abandoned motels from before I-10 was built in the 70s-70s. Modernity destroyed these towns. No one wants to live there. Youd have to be an alcoholic to consider spending any time in them (probably because you are stuck)

    I think the Alpha couple moved to Tallahassee because the female half needed to escape whatever bad shit was going on back in Cali. To cool down, to revert to a place of childhood. But I think she came back to it being awful. Assuming this is the 90s it definately went downhill from when she was a kid in th 70s.
    RedLeafon March 20, 2012   Link

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