"Cruiser" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
My biggest smile from Tokyo
You came out here five years ago
Her life song is a sad one
Her mom fell off when she was young
Her mom died off when she was young

Purple nights and yellow days
Neon signs and silver lakes
LA took a part of me
LA gave this gift to me

So, drive me down Sunset Boulevard
I'm feeling nice in your white car
Playing Hanoi Rocks and Social D
My sweetest angel set me free
My sweetest savior rescued me

Won't you whisper in my ear?
You look so good against my mirror
And you're my baby full of joy
You're my erotic brown eyed toy
You're my exotic black haired toy

Slipping letters under the door
Leave candy wrappers round my floor
And take me out of here round the canyons
Where the pavement meets the sand
Where the boardwalk creatures stand

So, drive down Beverly Drive
Where my room's lit up all night
I've been so lonely in this bed
It's good to sleep with you instead
It's good to talk all night instead

Morning pours the ocean deep
Into the hollow of my sleep
But the ocean can't be mine
Your perfection can't be mine

So, drive me down the 405
Where my airplane leaves tonight
I'm tipping up and touching down
Leave LA sparkling on the ground

LA glitters on the ground
LA sparkles on the ground
LA glitters on the ground
LA sparkles on the ground

Lyrics submitted by ThreeMilesDown

"Cruiser" as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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  • +3
    General CommentAm I the only one who prefers the original album version? For me the cadence and electric guitar is just perfect.
    completelyaddictedon October 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has been sending chills down my spine for years.... And two weeks ago I heard Mark play it live in Stockholm. Now the chills are even worse, this here is like the most melancholy orgasm my ears have ever experienced.
    531on November 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAccording to Mark in a bootleg, this song is about a girl he met in a hotel lobby, a Japanese girl in Los Angeles, and he connected with her in a way he hadn't with anyone in years.
    Anilandon September 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCheck out the acoustic version on Kozelek's 'Little Drummer Boy' live cd... it's so different and imho much better!
    wookion December 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep, i agree with the above, i am listening to the same version while typing. what a difference the live version is and i cant wait to see this guy in the uk in october. so what does it mean to me? it just brings excitment at the prospect of hearing it live for myself. its also the song before katys song on the live album which is the song that gets me the most.
    evenfunnieron August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI also agree that the Drummer Boy version is far better. Thing seems to be about accepting a situation and relationship for what it is, coming to grips with it's relevance in your life, then moving on.
    originalspieson August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere is something about the album version, the timing or something that just illustrates the song
    perfectly. For some reason it makes me think of literally flying into somewhere at night, seeing the lights of the city as you touch down. It's just perfect.
    Luckycaton January 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing, and hits hard on me, cause the girl i love is Asian, and the song reminds me of her. But anyway, this song is simply about a former lover of Mark Kozelek's who was Japenese American who he knew in California. That is all.
    Steven Esquireon November 21, 2004   Link

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