I guess you're old enough to know.
Kids out on the east coast.
Roughly twenty years old.
Got coaxed out by a Certain Perfect Ratio.
Of warm beer to the summer smoke.
And the meat loaf to the Billy Joel.
Certain songs they get so scratched into our souls.

She goes low on the seats when she gets high in her car.
She looks shallow but she's neck deep in the steamy dreams of the guys along the harbor bars.
She's pulling out her shirttails and jacking up her socks.
Stern and stoned and confident, coming up towards the jukebox.
Born into the only songs that everybody finally sings along.
B-1 is for the good girls. It's only the good die young.
C-9 is for the making eyes. It's paradise by the dashboard light.
D4 is for the lovers. B12 is for the speeders.
And the hard drugs are for the bartenders and the kitchen workers and the bartender's friends.
And they're playing it again.
Ellen Foley gives us hope.
Certain songs they get scratched into our souls.

I guess you're old enough to know.
Kids out on the west coast are taking off their clothes.
Screwing in the surf and going out to shows.
They get high and ride around in GTOs.
I guess you're old enough to know.
Certain songs they get scratched into our souls.

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    General Commenti think this song is lyrically the best hold steady song. its pretty self explanatory, basically how songs become engrained into everyone's life. when you hear a song it reminds you of a certain time in your life, certain people and senses. simple and brilliant.
    suburbangraffition December 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthere is what craig finn (the lead singer of the hold steady) said about this song:

    "Tad called this song Kramer vs. Kramer rock. It's what you listen to in your mid-life-crisis sports car while you are driving through Long Island to your divorce proceedings. Ellen Foley is the woman who duets with Meat Loaf on "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". She also dated Mick Jones from the Clash. And when I say, "D4 is for lovers," I mean Dillinger Four, not that embarassing band from New Zealand."
    somelyricson February 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcraig finn, our saint of the weary and the beaten. the kerouac comparisons are impossible to deny, especially in songs like this.
    thomas doyleon February 22, 2007   Link

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