Driving home to be with you
The highway's dividing, the city's in view
As usual, I'm almost on time
You're the last thing that's on my mind
I wish I could tell you the way that I feel
But tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

No commotion, no screaming brakes
Most of it's over before I awake
From the ceiling, my coffee cup drips
While out my window, the horizon does flips
The worst part was hitting the ground
Not the feeling so much as the sound
Can't help but wonder if all this is real
'Cause tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

Rubberneck traffic and passersby
A slow motion Walter, the fire engine guy
Stand around with their mouths open wide
I heard some idiot ask if someone's inside
With the 'Jaws of Life' they tried and they tried
Nobody here can know how I feel
'Cause tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

I guess it's over now
'Cause I've never seen so much
Never seen so much, never seen so much
Never seen so much

I guess it's over now
'Cause I've never seen so much
Never seen so much, never seen so much blood

In all the confusion, there's something serene
I'm just a posthumous part of the scene
Now I'm floating above looking in
As the radio blares and wheels spin
I can see my face slump with a grin
And you

You're the last thing on my mind
You're the last thing on my mind
You're the last thing on my mind
You're the last thing on my mind

Suddenly things become unsound
Stumbling on the shaky ground
Given arrows to shoot tornadoes down
Shoot them down to the ground

Saw a falling leaf, good luck, jump to grab
Much to our surprise, a butterfly
And it sunk in this induration
Induration in our lives

Inside ourselves, a hidden sun, that burns and burns
But never does any harm to anyone

Shivering madly in the dark
Like an animal abandoned in the car park
And she held me, and then she showed me the
Beauty of the human heart

Inside ourselves, a hidden sun, that burns and burns
But never does any harm to anyone
A hidden sun, that burns and burns
But never does any harm to anyone

Anyone
Ooh, anyone, hmm

Hidden sun (sun)

Hidden sun, ooh (sun)

(Sun)
(Sun)
(Sun)
(Sun)


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Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel Lyrics as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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  • +2
    General CommentI love how 'You're the last thing on my mind' has 2 different meanings. In the beginning when he says it, and at the end when he says it. Just think about it
    mrcleanon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd I forgot to say it, but Tonight is the Night ... is the last official song on the album so, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings" is particularly cogent.....

    But then, they add a hidden track! Again, to me this is BNL humour.

    Great fun!
    Titianon June 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You're the last thing on my mind" Is this a good thing or a bad thing? as in..is she really the last thing on his mind before he dies, or is he not thinking about her at all?
    weezerific:cutleryon June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the song just because of how freakin disturbing it is
    mrcleanon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt took me over a year to get the double meaning in "You're the last thing on my mind."
    I sang this song for an audition for a high school play when i was a freshman. they didn't let me finish (they didn't think i was bad, they cut a lot of people off) but if you don't get to the end, it sounds like a sick song. people were laughing as a sung it, the directors probably thought i was psycho. when i was done, someone asked me "who sings that, adam sandler?" i was not happy. oh well. i love this song
    wrionon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti DO enjoy this song!
    really strange, great lyrics. unusually good, actually. what a fucking vivid description of a car wreck.
    daffyon August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the hell no one mentions the circus music in the background?
    creepy..yet romantic in a way i guess...
    Kayla610on April 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is said to be the most gory out of all of them.
    neko-chanon April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is why I love the Barenaked Ladies. This has to be the best love song I have ever heard.
    Kiloon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probally one of my fav BNL Songs...it is so disturbing in a sort of funny way
    Emily1014on April 20, 2004   Link

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