Baby, you don't even know me but one day I'll get up the courage as you pass by.
You'll see.
Oh baby, one look just might save me.
I need you to slow by the corner.
Stop right in front of me.

Till then I'll see you hopefully through.
I do wish that you'd ask me to ride along.
It wouldn't be wrong to tell me more than I know about you.

She drives a vegetable car.
Diesel, Mercedes, green, two-door.
I barely know who you are.
Lisa Lobe glasses.
I'd sure like to ask you to stay.

Baby, I need you to save me.
The one thing that my heart requires is that you admire me.

Till then I'll see you hopefully through.
I do wish that you'd ask me to ride along.
It wouldn't be wrong to tell me more than I know about you.


How do I know why the sight of you makes me weak?
Each time I see you turn onto my street
Your hair is always up in a bun.
This girl is the one.


Don't go.

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Vegetable Car Lyrics as written by Joshua Ryan Radin Joshua Bishop Kelley


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    General CommentI saw him live last night and he told the cutest story ever about how this song is about a girl who drives by his house several times a week and she has an old junker car which she converted to run on vegetable oil. He talked about how she has her hair in a bun and cute glasses but she never looks his way.
    bansheeballeton November 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the Lisa Loeb reference alot. Cool girl, cooler song. So much fun.

    Very progressive taste, sounds like she is eco-friendly, the earthy sensitive type. I like her too.

    What I don't like is its position after "They Bring Me to You". Weird contrast after such a heart-felt song. I've been playing with the tracks a bit since I purchased the album. Here's what I've come up with:


    Creates a symmetry with "One of Those Days" as a progress to "Brand New Day". Anyway, it's how I've been playing the album. Despite the sadness and pining, it's a positive message...
    davidecoyoteon September 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmmmm.... anyone else find it interesting that this song was written after the hotel cafe tour when he was touring with Ingrid Michaelson? Lisa Loeb Glasses? maybe I'm just reading too much into it.
    negativenannon October 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't make myself like this song.
    i love every other song on the cd though.
    -Amz-on October 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlyrically, this is by far the outcast of the entire album
    i can't help but sing along though lol
    BuffytVSfanon October 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow CUTE! I wonder if the vegetable car lady even knows this song's about her.
    GrungyBeatleon December 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI so think that negativenann is onto something.
    its is sooo Ingrid Michaelson he is singing about.
    Joshua used to have schuyler Fisk as his top friend on myspace and vice versa but now Schuyler is not even in his top friends and Ingrid has moved right up to no.1.
    melaniethompsonon February 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's not about ingrid. it's about a random girl, like banshee said. he wanted her to come talk to him, but she never did. and so he wrote this "love" song about her, hoping she'd hear it on the radio and be like "hey that's me! i'll go talk to him now!" but then joshua left l.a. for new york or something, so she never even got the chance. he likens this whole experience to the archetypal singer-songwriter curse of cowardice and irony. i saw him both milwaukee and minneapolis, and both times he explained it.
    tinto1123on May 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentem ... am i the first one to think he was making a little joke on the end of the chorus. I first heard it as "I sure like her assk you to stay". Is that just me?
    Mystrocoolon February 03, 2013   Link

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