HAND BRAKE

 

She said “the music is hot, they really got a lot of soul
Wouldn’t you say?” He said “yeah…..”
She said “I love a funky groove, you know it makes me want to move
I love the way it soothes the blues” He said, “yeah, I know what you mean”

Then like a cold fog the silence fell
He couldn’t make a sound, he couldn’t breathe so well
He had the key in the slot, ignition was on
He had his foot on the gas, but something was wrong

He was driving, driving, driving with the hand brake
Like a deer in the road, frozen in the head lights
Tried to think of something clever
But he couldn’t find the little lever
And he’s driving, driving with the hand brake on

She said “I gotta get out on the floor and shake something loose, what do you say?”
He said “yeah, I think you should”
She said “it could be good for the gander if it’s good for the goose”
He said “yeah, it’ll do you good”

She was a free wheel, a loose caboose S
he had little to gain, and nothing to lose
He saw the green light and he wanted to go
But then he looked in his mirror and his heart said “no, no, no”

He was driving, driving, driving with the hand brake on
He wanted to burn some rubber, but the chance was gone
He couldn’t find the words to say
‘Till she was out the door, and gone away
Cause he’s driving, driving with the hand brake on

She heard a bit of urgency in the sounds that he uttered
But he pulled up the emergency, and his wheels froze and his motor sputtered

He was a cautious soul with a guarded heart
Stuck in a hole, looking for a jump start
He wanted to speak, but wasn’t up to the task
She knew what it was, she didn’t have to ask

He was driving, driving, driving with the hand brake
Dogged by the memory of bad love that he can’t shake
She was giving him the green light
But he stalled at the stoplight
Just surviving, driving with the hand brake on

“Uhhhh … what’s all this smoke?
I don’t see no fire
Must be some old flame
Somebody’s burning desire”.
He’s burnin’, burnin’, burnin’, burnin’, burnin’ out

Electric guitar: Steve Stusser
Drums: Mark Ivester
Bass: Billy Peterson
Backing vocals: Scott Shelton
Acoustic and high-strung guitars, vocals: Steve Grimes

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