Tuesday, February 08, 2011

An Ambulance Can Only Go So Fast

This song can be interpreted in a variety of different ways, but I've always seen it as a critique of certain segments of the media. I performed it with that in mind. I do try to resist the temptation to not overplay my hand, but some of these lines are designed to be strongly emphasized.

Back in the old folky days
The air was magic when we played.

The riverboat was rockin'
in the rain
Midnight was the time
for the raid.

Oh, Isabela, proud Isabela,
They tore you down and
plowed you under.

You're only real
with your make-up on

How could I see you
and stay too long?

All along the Navajo Trail,
Burn-outs stub their toes
on garbage pails.
Waitresses are cryin'
in the rain

Will their boyfriends
pass this way again?

Oh, Mother Goose,
she's on the skids

Shoe ain't happy,
neither are the kids.
She needs someone
that she can scream at

And I'm such a heel
for makin' her feel so bad.

I guess I'll call it
sickness gone

It's hard to say
the meaning of this song.
An ambulance can only
go so fast

It's easy to get buried
in the past
When you try to make
a good thing last.

I saw today
in the entertainment section
There's room at the top
for private detection.

To Mom and Dad
this just doesn't matter,
But it's either that
or pay off the kidnapper.

So all you critics sit alone
You're no better than me
for what you've shown.

With your stomach pump and
your hook and ladder dreams
We could get together
for some scenes.

Well, I'm up in T.O.
keepin' jive alive,
And out on the corner
it's half past five.

But the subways are empty
And so are the cafes.

Except for the Farmer's Market
And I still can hear him say:

You're all just pissin'
in the wind
You don't know it
, but you are.

And there ain't nothin'
like a friend

Who can tell you
you're just pissin'
in the wind.

I never knew a man
could tell so many lies
He had a different story
for every set of eyes

How can he remember
who he's talking to?

Cause I know it ain't me,
and I hope it isn't you.

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