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Great Lyrics : Glen Phillips “Drive By”

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I distinctly remember the first time I heard this song. I was with my wife, the kids were newborns, and we were driving over hwy 92 en route to Half Moon Bay. I’d downloaded a live recording of Glen Phillips, one of the original members of “Toad The Wet Sprocket” and somebody we’d seen live a year or two beforehand. His show was great, but I was unfamiliar with some of the tracks on this live recording, including this one.

Although they’re simple words, there is something about the mental image of the Vega, the father setting out with a vendetta against a neighbor’s dog, the kid silently praying that he fails in his mission… it’s just something that hits a resounding note of hot summer nostalgia. Not that I’d ever been in the exact scenario, but I’d imagine we all have one or two childhood memories of a cigarette smoking father wearing a short sleeve white T-shirt and smelling a bit of stale beer. Right? Anybody? Or am I completely alone here?

I was the driver for the drive-by of the neighbor’s dog
Dad had always hated him and he said “Come on son,
Get into the Vega now and I’ll go get my shotgun”
It was a military holiday and kids were everywhere
I hid behind the steering wheel and tried to disappear
I tried to speak but couldn’t, Dad was whistling and drinking beer

And I prayed “Dear God, if You save this dog
I will never get high, I will never jack off
I will do all the things that I should but have not
I’ll be a good boy from now on”

We turned around the corner soon and saw the neighbor’s yard
Dad lit up a cigarette and rolled his window down
And grinning like an idiot he stuck his head and body out

And I prayed “Dear God, if You save this dog
I will never get high, I will never jack off
I will be all the things that I should but have not
I’ll be a good boy from now on”

Well he popped in a shell and took aim with the gun
Then a flash and a bang and the dog it was gone. . .

Listen to a live recording to hear “the rest of the story”

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Written by gsm

06/20/2007 at 8:08 am

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  1. Great song – thanks for sharing

    Jess

    06/20/2007 at 5:06 pm


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