I have to drive
I have my reasons, dear
It's cold outside
I hate the seasons here

I suffer mornings most of all
I feel so powerless and small
By ten o'clock I'm back in bed
Fighting the jury in my head

You learn to drive
It's only natural, dear
You drive all night
We haven't slept in years

We suffer mornings most of all
We saw you lying in the road
We tried to dig a decent grave
But it's still no way to behave

It is a delicate position
Spin the bottle
Pick the victim
Catch a tiger
Switch directions
If he hollers
Break his ankles
To protect him

We'll have to drive
They're getting closer
Just get inside
It's almost over

We will save your brothers
We will save your cousins
We will drive them far away
From streets and lights
From all signs of bad mankind

We suffer mornings most of all
Wake up all bleary eyed and sore
Forgetting everything we saw

(I'll meet you in an hour
At the car)


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Have to Drive Lyrics as written by Amanda Palmer

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    My InterpretationHonestly I think "drive" is a metaphor for living.

    I have to drive
    I have my reasons, deer
    (i have to live, i have my reasons for living, yet wanting to die.)
    It's cold outside
    I hate the seasons here
    (complaining about life.)

    I suffer mornings most of all
    I feel so powerless and small
    (maybe being groggy as someone else stated)
    By ten o'clock I'm back in bed
    Fighting the jury in my head
    (you're so depressed you just want to sleep & your mind is just like a machine that never stops thinking. You are fighting those thoughts in your head)

    We learn to drive
    It's only natural, deer
    (learn to drive--live-- it is only natural.)
    We drive all night
    (we do, even when we sleep)
    We haven't slept in years
    (we haven't in a away. We are always working either in mind or physically)

    We suffer mornings most of all
    (stated above)
    We saw you lying in the road
    (I think this is implying that you saw someone depressed as you or worse or in your position)
    We tried to dig a decent grave
    (you somehow think they won't make it in life(depressing, i know..) so you want to kinda help them "live it up" before they kill themselves or someone else, since you will never know when they will snap.
    But it's still no way to behave
    (It isn't.)

    It is a delicate position
    Spin the bottle
    Pick the victim
    Catch a tiger
    Switch directions
    If he hollers
    Break his ankles
    To protect him
    (I can't interpret this to match my interpretation. help anyone?)

    We'll have to drive
    They're getting closer
    (maybe the thoughts of this suicidal/homicidal person are getting to him)
    Just get inside
    (come with us.)
    It's almost over
    (maybe a manic episode.)

    We will save your brothers
    We will save your cousins
    We will drive them far away
    From streets and lights
    From all signs of bad mankind
    (maybe the person was only living because of their family. maybe they feel that they lost it all in their life and want to die but just can't muster up the ability to do it since they love their family but they are reassuring them we will keep them safe.)

    We suffer mornings most of all
    Wake up all bleary eyed and sore
    Forgetting everything we saw
    (just forgetting everything they saw/ did.)
    (I'll meet you in an hour
    at the car)
    unrequited00Loveon July 25, 2010   Link

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