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Have to Drive

from Who Killed Amanda Palmer by Amanda Palmer



Featuring the Via Interficere Choir of Nashville & Jack Palmer
Strings arranged by Paul Buckmaster


i have to drive
i have my reasons, deer
it’s cold outside
i hate the seasons here

i suffer mornings most of all
i feel so powerless and small
by 10 o’clock i’m back in bed
fighting the jury in my head

we learn to drive
it’s only natural, deer
we drive all night
we haven’t slept in years

we suffer mornings most of all
we saw you lying in the road
we tried to dig a decent grave
but it’s still no way to behave

it is a delicate position
spin the bottle
pick the victim
catch a tiger
switch directions
if he hollers
break his ankles
to protect him

we’ll have to drive
they’re getting closer
just get inside
it’s almost over

we will save your brothers we
will save your cousins we will drive them
far away from streets and signs
from all signs of mad mankind

we suffer mornings most of all
wake up all bleary-eyed and sore
forgetting everything we saw

i’ll meet you in an hour
at the car.


from Who Killed Amanda Palmer, released September 16, 2008
Basic recorded at Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, CA. Engineer: Justin Phelps.
Assistant engineer: Laura dean.
Vox, piano: Amanda.
Strings arranged by Paul Buckmaster and recorded at Capitol Records in LA.
Additional sequencing by Paul Buckmaster.

Choir: Leigh Nash, Carmella Ramsey, Kate York, Carey Kotsionis, Sam Smith, George Daeger, Jared Reynolds, Donald Schroader, Jack Palmer.

Mixed by Justin Phelps at Hyde Street Studio, San Francisco, CA.
Produced by Ben Folds and Amanda.


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