The Wallflowers — One Headlight
Album: Bringing Down the Horse
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Total ratings: 1078
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Released: 1996
Length: 4:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
So long ago, I don't remember when
That's when they say I lost my only friend
Well, they said she died easy of a broken heart disease
As I listened through the cemetery trees

I seen the sun comin' up at the funeral at dawn
With the long broken arm of human law
Now, it always seemed such a waste
She always had a pretty face
I wondered why she hung around this place

Hey
Come on, try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than
In the middle
But me and Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight

She said it's cold
It feels like Independence Day
And I can't break away from this parade
But there's got to be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed
And I seen the sign up ahead
At the county line bridge
Sayin' all is good and nothingness is dead
We'll run until she's out of breath
She ran until there's nothin' left
She hit the end, it's just her window ledge

Hey
Come on, try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than
In the middle
But me and Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight

Well, this place is old
It feels just like a beat up truck
I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn
Well, it smells of cheap wine and cigarettes
This place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn
I'm so alone, and I feel just like somebody else
Man, I ain't changed, but I know I ain't the same
But somewhere here in between the city walls of dyin' dreams
I think your death, it must be killin' me

Hey, hey, hey
Come on, try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than
In the middle
But me and Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight
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Meh.  5.
 drewd wrote:
So is this about driving a motorcycle? Is it about driving around with a busted headlight? That's not very safe. You can get a ticket for that! Just sayin......

 
Well, he turns the engine. (Of a beat-up-truck) But the engine doesn't turn. So, I guess he's not really driving anywhere, irrespective of the number of functioning head lights. He only asserts that we CAN drive it home with one headlight. This does not imply that we SHOULD do so. As you so correctly point out: That would be illegal.

I really can't explain it, but I still like this song - alot.
 rpdevotee wrote:

Sounds more like "We want head lice" to me {#Stupid}

Funny thing is, they could sing it that way live and no one would ever know!

 
Is that because nobody would be at the concert or because he mumbles like his old man?
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Sounds more like "We want head lice" to me {#Stupid}

Funny thing is, they could sing it that way live and no one would ever know!
The tuning on that snare drum is tighter than my ex-wife's smile. 
 Kassbomb wrote:
Today's songs are veering too commercial

 
This song is over twenty years old.
1 head lice
why re-live mediocrity?  Let this one die
Today's songs are veering too commercial
This album came out in '96, not '92.
Check out this duet with The Boss
 trissi wrote:
This is the only tolerable song by this cheez-ball band. It's tainted with the horror of excessive commercial-radio-air-time-play. What a waste of bandwidth to hear it here.

 

 hugogdt wrote:
Sometimes RP reminds us, with all that info available for each song, that time goes by fast: already 22 years since this Wallflowers album ...

 
Gasp.
Great set! Brilliant segue! Bryan Ferry — Reason or Rhyme to this!! {#Roflol}
So is this about driving a motorcycle? Is it about driving around with a busted headlight? That's not very safe. You can get a ticket for that! Just sayin......
This has been out since 1992 and it was not until I saw the song title here that I figured out what the heck he was saying.. One headlight.
 meauclaire wrote:
At least it's not 3 Marlenas but it still sucks.

 
Come on, this is at least three rating points better.
At least it's not 3 Marlenas but it still sucks.
Forgettable. Apt band name
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
There seemed to be some mention of an incinerator as well.
How can one even turn an engine which doesn't turn ?

 
Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Actually, this is what Dylan wanted, but his bandmates had to intervene. The result is their compromise.
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Now, this is what I will hear forevermore.  Thanks a lot Stratocaster!
A tune that has been co-opted for a recent Geico motorcycle insurance commercial. 
Appropriate, I suppose, given the song title. 
 
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Time to rate comments, RP!

Now imagine this song being played live for a bunch of people having bagels in a shop in L.A. Who would have thought dylan would have such beautiful babies?
Sometimes RP reminds us, with all that info available for each song, that time goes by fast: already 22 years since this Wallflowers album ...
well worn but still a good drivin' tune..
Best part of this song is it reminds me of freshman year of college and I remember to text my roomate to see how he's doing.
Pretty catchy tune, terrible lyrics which I find amusingly ironic.{#Lol}
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK1B3hwrETQ
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Haha - I used to mishear lyrics like this. Now I either hear them or I don't - maybe it's a sign of decline.
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

Well say goodbye it's Independence Day

All boys must run away come Independence Day

So say goodbye it's Independence Day

All men must make their way come Independence Day

(From "The River", Bruce Springsteen, 1978)

I love this Jakob's "Independence Day", even knowing very well it's "inspiration". It's a pity that Bill never plays the "original"... 


 crockydile wrote:
Screw all you critics. This is just great songwriting and solid music.
 
diddo....{#Dance}well, maybe not the songwriting, but catchy tune nevertheless
La la la ... sounds like his dad ... more handsome 'though.
 TJS wrote:
I'll take this over his dad any day of the week.
 
Oh so true.
I'll take this over his dad any day of the week.
 trissi wrote:
This is the only tolerable song by this cheez-ball band. It's tainted with the horror of excessive commercial-radio-air-time-play. What a waste of bandwidth to hear it here.
 
Troll
Hi Bill. Please play this song for us today. Here it is cold. But it feels just like Independence Day.
Oooohhhhhh,Sometime since I lasted heard this,terrific.
Always loved this song.  Thanks for playing!
An awesome song. I used to listen to the whole album while hitch-hiking from and to my university. 

 
 lathyris wrote:

Wikipedia says 1996. That seems more right. . .
 
I remember this being 1996.  Freshman year of college.  My roomate thought this was the greatest song ever written.  Me, not so much.
This is the only tolerable song by this cheez-ball band. It's tainted with the horror of excessive commercial-radio-air-time-play. What a waste of bandwidth to hear it here.
I used to use the snare sound on this one as a reference for compression and gating...


btw. this IS the good Wallflowers song... {#Lol}
 abbey_normal wrote:
Aww man. 1992. 1992! That can't be right.  This song is nearly 20 years old?
 
Wikipedia says 1996. That seems more right. . .
Aww man. 1992. 1992! That can't be right.  This song is nearly 20 years old?

I think I might like this song in another 50 years, long after the stench of popular radio has left it.  So—-let's do our best NOT to play this sone for 50 years.


 Rooney wrote:
Damn annoying song.  Can't elaborate.  Something about it so freaking contrived.  Or something.
 
I think the chunky-chunky-chunky rhythm track is the main problem here.

Love the groove and the delivery. Wish the bridge wasn't so powerful/loud, since it spoils the mood. Kinda a forerunner to "I will Possess Your Heart."
Damn annoying song.  Can't elaborate.  Something about it so freaking contrived.  Or something.