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Get in the Car Laura Jane
By: American Anodyne

When you looked in the rearview your eyes were so wide
For your first solo trip on a long distance ride
You turned the wheels south and the engine did roar
And you swore that you’d never see Lincoln no more
Well the miles they flew by to the right of the car
You saw the Mississippi over a dark dashboard
You kept the river on the left, kept the wheat to the right
But when you pulled into Texas, you lost your wide eyes

Well now get in the car Laura Jane
This place is too wicked for a girl from the plains
Your heart is too fragile for these places and names
So get in the car Laura Jane

You blew out your tire just over the state line
No help for hours and you started to cry
Then a dented old pickup pulled off to the side
You probably knew better, but you still got inside
I told you my name and you faked half a smile
You didn’t say more than ten words for two hundred miles
I could tell you didn’t think too much of me,
But this is my truck girl, no one rides for free


Now six years have passed since you took up that load
And the years have flown by like miles on the road
It ain’t ever been good, but it ain’t always been bad
Since you got in my truck, but you don’t wish you had
So twice now you’ve run and twice now you’ve tried
Twice now you’ve called in the middle of the night
So twice now I’ve pulled you off the side of the road
And for the rest of our lives this may never get old


Well I can see that you’re tired, I can see you’re afraid
But I’m tired of your shit, I’m so tired of your ways
So get in the goddamn car
Get in the goddamn car
Get in the goddamn car…
Laura Jane


from So, you want to be a bullfighter​.​.​., released March 1, 2011


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