Friday, October 26, 2007

Lyrics of the Day

Here's another Drive-By Truckers song from Monday night's show. "Zip City" from Southern Rock Opera was written by Mike Cooley from the perspective of a teenage guy.
Your Daddy was mad as hell
He was mad at me and you
As he tied that chain to the front of my car
And pulled me out of that ditch that we slid into
Don't know what his problem is
Why he keeps dragging you away
Don't know why I put up with this shit
When you don't put out and Zip City's so far away
Zip City really exists. The Alabama Ass Whuppin' blog, which is written by an Alabaman transplanted to San Francisco, includes this photo tribute to "Zip City."

I don't normally like when the audience sings at concerts (I paid to hear the guy onstage sing), but I loved belting out the last three lines of "Zip City" at Cooley's request:
I got 350 heads on a 305 engine
I get ten miles to the gallon
I ain't got no good intentions
I had a 318 engine myself at that age and got slightly better mileage, but the last line was pretty accurate.

UPDATE 11/17/2007 - Someone shot video of "Zip City!" And it's pretty good -- decent sound and a steady hand.

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