Singles

Drive

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Drive was recorded in December of last year. This is a song from the "first batch" of songs in early summer 2004, when I first started writing pop songs. I love those sprawling quasi-narrative songs of Dylan with verse after verse of some kind of story that is never really explicitly told. You might notice the influence of Counting Crows' Mrs. Potter's Lullabye in this song. That great song has been a favorite of mine since This Desert Life came out. I had wanted to write a song like this for as long as I can remember. It's a song from the road, with and all the literal and metaphorical meanings that can encompass.

It's the first song we did with special guest star, the great Tuomas Logren. When this song was written (all the lyrics and most of the music down in North Carolina) I lived in the Sibelius Academy building that Tuomas lived in at the time. He came down one evening and we worked on adding the dobro to this tune and we performed it a couple of times later that summer.

I had always felt a strong connection to this one and, though we didn't record or even play it for three years, it lingered in the back of my mind because it was so much from the heart of that difficult year. So when we got the time to record at Finnvox, this was the song I wanted to record because I wanted it to have life outside the live recording that floats around out there from our Tavastia show, which has an earnest quality, but some rough edges.





DRIVE


Words and music by Alex Freeman

Alex Freeman, Piano and vocals
Tuomas Logren, Guitars
Tuuli Saarnio, Accordion
Lauri Schreck, Drums
Sara Suvela, Bass

Produced by the legendary Jon-Patrick Kuhlefelt
at the legenday Finnvox studios in Helsinki

We are driving away as the sun burns down the last
Fleeting moments of the day—we tore out of there so fast
'Cause there was nothing left to say
But I still hoped that you might ask

It was half past November and the grey still held the sky
I was burned down to a cinder by the time that you arrived
There was nothing left of me
But I still hoped that you might try

I can see what I'm losing but I don't care
I'd give it all just to run my fingers through her brown hair

So I ask myself again—just to pass a little time—
Where I am and where I've been but it seems tonight that I,
I can't remember…or I can't forget
I'll think about it later, now just drive.

CHORUS:

Everyday seems to begin with me waiting for the day to end
Every night I dream again about her hair, her face, her skin
And everyday I wake up wondering if the pain is gonna end
Everybody wants me back there but I say to all my friends
"I could move back here to Queens, but I know that that would mean
The only place where I could see her, the only place where I could be
Where I could hope to catch a glimpse of that sweet girl I wanna see
Is the carousel of hope and sadness spinning 'round and 'round and 'round in my dreams.


Night rains down and you ascend into the Carolina sky
You remember her again, yeah, you remember little moments
When she held you in her eyes
Before that last, long goodbye.

Remember summers in Manhattan when the night burned with the bright,
Incessant strains of all the Latin music rattling the night
You were someone…or someone else…but you're somebody else tonight.

Turn off the phone, disappear now and take a little time.
A little time to just forgive yourself and ease your mind.
It's gonna be alright…

CHORUS

Summer runs out like a thief and you're wearing a path in your room. You're just walkin' 'round and 'round and you shake just like a leaf when you hear her voice and you know it's true:

You love this town and you love her
You don't know why
And you can't be sure but you know
There's gonna come a moment when your gonna stay
Or pack your bags and fly away.

(Chorus)
Everyday seems to begin with me waiting for the day to end
Every night I dream again about her hair, her face, her skin
And in my dreams I see her laughing and we're talkin' in the sun
Everybody wants me back there but I say to everyone,

"I got Patty Griffin tellin' me 'if you [ever] break down'
I'm gonna drive right out and find you in some lonesome Finnish town
And with her voice she tries to comfort me in the song I heard today
That it wasn't just a dream and all the trouble's gone away

"I could move back here to Queens
But I know that that would mean
The only place where I could get to see her smile and hear her sing
Is the carousel of hope and sadness spinning 'round and 'round and 'round in my dreams."