Song Lyric Sunday – Rest Stop by Matchbox Twenty

This is the first song that came to mind when I was thinking about the theme, even though the word “drive” isn’t found in the song. I figured it fit because “rest stop”. I was also shocked that I hadn’t posted it yet. As sad as it is, it is honestly one of my favorite Matchbox songs. I think the lyrics are brilliant.

I was looking around on the Internet and found an article on American Songwriter where Rob Thomas says the following about his lyrics: “I’m just the goofiest, happiest to be here guy, and I’m Southern. We are the geeks of the music industry,” he says of his band. “We are really happy to be here…Whenever I write, I’ll just have it represent the worst part of me. Then I can be this way (happy) the rest of the time. I only discover the dark side of me when I write. The rest of the time I can be a pretty happy me.”
I feel like this is how I write and I suppose that’s why I feel so connected to this band and their lyrics. I do hope you enjoy!
Just three miles from the rest stop
And she slams on the breaks
She said I tried to be but I’m not
And could you please collect your things
I don’t wanna be cold
I don’t wanna be cruel
But I gotta find more
Than what’s happening with you
If you’d, open up the door
She said, while you were sleeping
I was listening to the radio
And wondering what you’re dreaming when
It came to mind that I didn’t care
So I thought, hell if it’s over
I had better end it quick
Or I could lose my nerve
Are you listening, can you hear me
Have you forgotten
Just three miles from the rest stop
And my mouth’s too dry to rage
The light was shining from the radio
I could barely see her face
But she knew all the words that I never had said
She knew the crumpled-up promise of this
Broken down man, and as I opened up the door
She said, while you were sleeping
I was listening to the radio
And wondering what you’re dreaming when
It came to mind that I didn’t care
So I thought, hell if it’s over
I had better end it quick
Or I could lose my nerve
Are you listening, can you hear me
Have you forgotten
She said, while you were sleeping
I was listening to the radio
And wondering what you’re dreaming when
It came to mind that I didn’t care
So I thought, hell if it’s over
I had better end it quick
Or I could lose my nerve
Are you listening, can you hear me
While you were sleeping
I was listening to the radio
And wondering what you’re dreaming when
It came to mind that I didn’t care
So I thought, hell if it’s over
I had better end it quick
Or I could lose all my nerve
Are you listening, can you hear me
Songwriters: Rob Thomas
Rest Stop lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was drive/driving.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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