"Old White Lincoln" as written by and Brian Fallon....
If I could write,
I'd tell you how much I've missed these nights
Where we'd dig around the bones
And try to find peace and patches for the holes

I lit a cigarette on a parking meter
The corner boys told her how I was dyin' to meet her
Like a prayer I said on a dead man's knee
You drove up like a parade

You and your high-top sneakers and your sailor tattoos,
And your old fifty-five that you drove through the roof
Of the sky up above these indifferent stars
While you just kept coming apart

You and your high-top sneakers and your sailor tattoos,
And your old fifty-five that you drove through the roof
Of the sky up above these indifferent stars
While you just kept coming apart straight in my arms

Fell straight in my arms

And I miss it sometimes
Shakin' like a leaf on the corner of Vine
But I heard it's alright
The radio spoke to a good friend of mine

And I can feel it comin' up as the night's gettin' warm
I saw your summer dress hangin' on the back of the lawn
Like a dream I remember from an easier time
With the top rolled down on a Saturday night

You and your high-top sneakers and your sailor tattoos
And your old fifty-five that you drove through the roof
Of the sky up above these indifferent stars
While you just kept coming apart

You and your high-top sneakers and your sailor tattoos
And your old fifty-five that you drove through the roof
Of the sky up above these indifferent stars
While you just kept coming apart right in my arms
Right in my arms

And I always dreamed of classic cars and movie screens
And tryin' to find some way to be redeemed
Bring a dollar with you, baby
In the cold, cold ground

You and your high-top sneakers and your sailor tattoos
And your old fifty-five that you drove through the roof
Of the sky up above these indifferent stars
While you just kept coming apart

You and your high-top sneakers and your sailor tattoos
And your old fifty-five that you drove through the roof
Of the sky up above, these indifferent stars
While you just kept coming apart, you fell straight in my arms.

You fell straight in my arms.


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"Old White Lincoln" as written by Brian Fallon

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  • +2
    General Comment"Baby darling, we will be, in the cold cold ground." is wrong.

    It's "Bring a dollar with you, baby, in the cold, cold ground." That's an homage to Tom Waits, and his song "Cold Cold Ground". Just one of several homages and references that Fallon makes in his songs.
    johnnycanuckon May 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentikickedagirl - I suspect that driving a car through the roof of the sky up above indifferent stars is not supposed to be interpreted literally.

    Great song, seems like a lament on a girl he once knew.
    lrb85on December 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is for sure not "glimmering/glittering" at all. I'm pretty sure its "different". And the line "Baby darling, we will be, in the cold cold ground" should be "Bring a dollar with you baby, in the cold cold ground" it's a line out of a Cold Cold Ground by Tom Waits.
    fatfairyon August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere's a line which says the nights get warm, which sounds very similar to a Springsteen lyric from "Atlantic City" which goes "put on your stockings babe, the nights get cold..." if gaslight anthem didn't have such a clear connection with springsteen, I wouldn't have thought about it, but even this song has allusions to Jersey Girl, which Springsteen Covered from Tom Waits quite famously, so I thought it would be fitting to throw that out there and see if anyone else made the connection
    chris77160on April 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a WB Yeats poem (A Dream of Death) that mentions "the indifferent stars above," which is why I always assumed the lyric here was "indifferent". The idea, I guess, being that our actions have no bearing on the greater scheme of the universe. Or something.
    headhitsdeskon January 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't figure out what he's saying before "stars" either, it's really annoying me
    Medicationson July 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's glittering stars for most. In the first line it's 'Glimmering' stars though.
    underlying truthon August 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree about it not being glittering or glimmering, not sure what it is, different sounds the closest but its hard to make out
    SamuelHWon August 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song istself is just about an old girlfriend he misses from a long time ago. He's just reminicing about the good old days when he was younger
    serenity23on August 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "indifferent stars" according to the lyrics sheet that came with the vinyl.

    absolutely brilliant album.
    Pezaon August 27, 2008   Link

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