There I was thinking like a man on the run
Feeling like one under the gun
Driving to find someplace nice
Weaving through my days and my nights
Then I saw her up a head
A match in hand she jumped right in
She sat. I asked her sign. She said, “I’m a dead end but I'm feeling fine”
“Ahead! Ahead! Dip the needle in red
Leave lively a town that’d leave you for dead
Hard on the gas. Get them wheels to turn
All in out of town. Cross the bridge and burn”
So I'm driving with this girl, she's for me
She’s my dead end. He’s my one way street
And up ahead? No outlet!
So hold on tight. Buckle your belt
Driving is such a thrill when the woman with you sets your skin to chills
To the right she spotted a sign
She read, “Nowheresville 100 miles”
And then she said, "That's where I wanna be!
That's the place this girl can be free
Full speed! Alive ahead! We’re gonna make it there before sunset”
We’re driving away on a wheel and a prayer
Where we wanna go, no wings can go there
Driving our way
Four wheels and a prayer
Losing our past in the baggage we share
Copyright © 1993/2017: albinosongs
Albino Guimaraes Vocals & Guitars
Joe Boyle Electric Guitars
Joe O’Brien Bass Guitar
Billy Klock Drums
Jon Peckman Percussion
with Christine Ohlman Vocals
Behind The Song...
I have driven across country five times always, as fate would have it, to get to or from Seattle, Washington. On my first adventure, I accompanied a friend who had decided to relocate there. As the miles streamed by, I had a lot of time to dream up the basic ideas for this song, which I have always been fond of, however, it has taken me many attempts to get the chorus to feel right...to feel like someone else wrote it.
The line about the passenger getting into the car with a "match in hand" was a set up for the chorus payoff about crossing the bridge before it burns. A bridge set on fire by the "match in hand". I felt the association to direct so I changed the final line of the chorus to "Cross the Bridge and Burn". I liked this better because it can tie back to both the "match in hand" and the speed at which they should leave the town.