One Headlight Lyrics - Wallflowers

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So long ago I don't remember when
That's when they say I lost my only friend

Well ‘ey said she died easy of a broken heart disease
As I listened through the cemetery trees

I’ve seen the sun comin' up at the funeral at dawn
Long broken arm of human law

Now it always seemed such a waste, she always had a pretty face
So I wondered....why she hung around this place

[chorus:]
Hey, ey ey
Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than in the middle
But me & Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
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With one headlight

She said it's cold....It feels like Independence Day
and I can't break away from this parade

But there's got to be an opening, somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed

But I’ve seen the sign up ahead, at the county line bridge
Sayin' all is good and nothing else is dead

We'll run until she's out of breath....She ran until there's nothin' left
She hit the end....it's just her window ledge

[chorus]
Hey, ey ey
Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than in the middle
But me & Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight


Well this place is old....It feels just like a beat up truck
I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn

What smells of cheapo wine n cigarettes, this place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn

I'm so alone....and I feel just like somebody else
Man, I ain't changed, but I know I ain't the same

But somewhere here in between, these city walls of dyin' dreams
I think her death it must be killin' me

[chorus]
Hey, Hey, Hey ey ey ey ey
Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than in the middle
But me & Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight






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According to Jakob.... | Reviewer: Mohawk | 2/18/12

Jakob Dylan: "I tend to write with a lot of metaphors and images, so people take them literally. The song's meaning is all in the first verse. It's about the death of ideas. The first verse says, 'The death of the long broken arm of human law.' At times, it seems like there should be a code among human beings that is about respect and appreciation. I wasn't feeling like there was much support outside the group putting together the record. In the chorus, it says, 'C'mon try a little.' I didn't need everything to get through, I could still get through -- meaning 'one headlight."

It is not a new theme...Love and Love lost. | Reviewer: Martial | 10/19/11

This song is about a man (specifically) trying to break through the fog of depression. He's still in the denial stage after such a long time. His friends are concerned that he has changed so much since she killed herself. They are concerned that he is sinking into a shell and only wanting to remenisce about the good old days with her instead of getting on with real life. He feels cold on the fourth of July, feels like an old truck that won't start, someone else has to tell him how long she has been dead and he stood in the distance at her funeral or at least felt like it. He wants to get out of this funk, which doesn't have to be the actual place. Can just be the way the depression makes you feel about a place. She jumps out a window and now he might do the same.

many meaning | Reviewer: alexis | 6/14/11

the first is obvious liveing in the past can't move mostly because not really tring "come on try a little nothing is forever" somthing speical is now over and he is not moving on he is reconizie it because he doesn't want to even though he should "got to be somthing better then in the middle" meaning in the middle of the past and what is the future

also you be in a state of living to survive verse live to live " got the be somehtihng better than in the middle" when you life to survive usual you feel dead inside there for you are in the middle of life an death your choice way to go

depression also "She said it's cold
It feels like Independence Day
And I can't break away from this parade
But there's got to be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed" she wanted out so way and could not find

now and this a rescent intruptaion of mind icould me something such work or a relationship I will use relationship because easier for me to relate to. the relation has changed in some sort of way maybe a freindship that leads to flrting eventualy but one of the people steal sees as a friendship and the other start falling "Hey, come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than
In the middle
But me & Cinderella,
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight"
sort of like try either try to stop or try to make is work take a chance on us or let is go "So long ago, I don't remember when
That's when they say I lost my only friend
....nothing last forever" "there's got to be someting better than in the middle" this in between state can't be the best there is "me and cindela we put it all together we can drive it home with one head light" basicaly thought could be we put our lives together we can make as one.

now over all the song is about some one who needs to move on but doesn't want to for fear of loseing the memories of the past but it is still killing him slowly and he knows "Well this place is old
It feels just like a beat up truck
I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn
Well it smells of cheap wine & cigarettes
This place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn
I'm so alone, and I feel just like somebody else
Man, I ain't changed, but I know I ain't the same
But somewhere here in between the city walls of dyin' dreams
I think her death it must be killin' me"

but like most art it can be intuprtes in diferent ways to fit different moods


existentialism | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/2/11

You guys do realize this song was written during the great existentialism period of the 90's. The whole song is in metaphor. It's mostly about living for the sake of living... but looking for some deeper meaning beyond what "is".

So long ago I don't remember when, that's when they said I lost my only friend. they said she died easy of a broken heart disease
As I listened through the cemetery trees" Something has change, beliefs, the innocence that you're conformable with all your life.

"She ran until she out of breathe she ran until there's nothing.. she hit the end and it's just your window ledge." You try and try but in the end, it's the same... "I can't break away from this parade" and "i turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn"

"come on try a little, nothing is forever.. there's got to be something better than in the the middle". The middle being the state of existing without passion or goal. But "we can make it, we can drive it home on one head light"... being, we can get out of this and find a purpose together, even with our disadvantages (one instead of both headlights)

Suicide | Reviewer: CC | 2/21/11

He is singing about his girlfriend who committed suicide. He hadnt noticed her unhappiness. She had appeared to be strong as she stood by his side and could manage anything. He now recalls events/moments or hints that would reveal she was depressed. Even visits the places she hung around before committing the act. She quietly asked for his help and he failed to notice. She felt alone and saw no escape. He finds it hard to move forward in life and regrets not being there for his only true friend.

C' mon guys, Get it Right. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/27/11

The song is about an relationship in early stages..They are about to consumate...and she freaked out & decides the dude is NOT THE ONE...He is still willing, bet she abruptly KILS the "special" moment...thus leaving one headlight still burning brightly, the other is burned out...the only thing that dies is the real chance to take the relationship to the next level...in oother words...the chick was an EMO and dumps him at the most opportune time..and he mourns over the things..telling us he still loves her....Duh

The song is about regrets and a love left him | Reviewer: Q | 11/18/10

Personally, I believe this song is about regrets and lost love. The guy is regretting that he didn't treat the love of his love well and she left. Her death is her giving up on him and the relationship - she gave it her all (ran until she's out of breath) and finally gave up and left (she hits the end). Her funeral is symbolic of him mourning his loss of her love.

He's asking her to "put it all together, drive it home" and try to make it work with him despite how damaged the relationship is at that point (hence the one headlight analogy).

yeah well, thats just like, your opinion man. | Reviewer: Holly | 10/23/10

Maybe its just because I'm going through some stuff, but it feels like the girl in the song committed suicide. "She ran until there's nothin' left
She hit the end-it's just her window ledge." That lyric in particular seems to allude to the fact that this beautiful girl didn't have an easy life, "come on try a little, nothing is forever." are his words of encouragement. Sort of a "things won't be bad forever." But hey it's artistic expression that is open to interpretation, so whatever it is that you are hearing in the song probably has a lot more to do with whats happening in your life rather than what was happening in his when he wrote the song.

Stop thinking so hard.. | Reviewer: Adrianna | 8/19/10

You people are thinking way to hard, and I cant believe someone thought this was about, America.
The person who wrote this probaly wasnt even going through anything like this or if they were, the songs plot is pretty retourical. The love of his life either died is a different person from when they first met. He misses her or he misses how she used to be. Hes having a hard time letting go and shes trying to show him another way, or this song can have any meaning to anyone going through something similiar.

=( | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/16/10

After thinking very hard about this and seeing what he actually said about the song. He's upset that he doesn't have much support. This explains the lose of his only friend, which is his supporters and people in America. Anytime he refers to the girl, I think he is referring to the people in America. So he feels as if we lost our compassion and caring for others, which explains the last part where he thinks their lose of caring for one another is killing him. If this is what he is truly saying and thinking of, every once and a while I do feel the same way.

interpretations | Reviewer: johanna | 6/1/10

i'm argentinian and i can peak english, but even in spanish i know all lyrics have its meaning and the meaning for the writer too, so i have searched some explanations about this great song and i know that people gets keen on about a song and all those feelings that this one brings to us...for my first listening i though it was about someone he loved, now i realized that it was about changing ideas, iknow i ain't changed but i ain't the same (whatever) it means the same we feel, it hasn't changed but this is not the same for any of us, whatever the meaning is, we feel other different things

One headlight=limited vision | Reviewer: PB | 3/30/10

This is an excellent song and a great example of evolving American folk music.
To me there is a theme in these lyrics about human frailties and especially about dependence and not being capable of letting things go when you should for your own good.
There also seems to be a few references to perception altered toward darkness. The "come on try a little", "I can't break away from this parade" and the entire last verse seems like a reference to chemical dependency to me.

nobody died | Reviewer: savogne | 3/24/10

I love this song. everyone who said that they researched the song and someone dies in it- your wrong. It's about ideas dying not people. "I think her death it must be killing me."-he can't think of an idea and it's metaphorically killing him. He may not be able to get through this all together, but atleast with one headlight. (Dylan's original band didn't start off too well, other than Jakob there is one peice of the original wallflowers left in the band- one headlight?)

Meaning of the song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/8/09

Personally i never cared what the song was "really" about... i just loved it for what it was and the ideas it stirred in my mind. But for the sake of educating others and myself on the "real" meaning, i decided to do some digging on the internet.

Excerpt from a VH1 interview in 2002 (www.vh1.com/artists/interview/1458715/20021115/wallflowers.jhtml):

VH1: Do you hear a lot of weird interpretations of your songs?

Dylan: I used to always have to hear about who people thought died in “One Headlight.” There was never anybody who died in “One Headlight.” But I actually encourage that. Countless times you hear an artist explain what their songs are about and you’re disappointed. I prefer people to listen. If they like the drumbeat, I’m okay with that. Whatever moves people.

Excerpts from interviews from 1997 found on Wallflowers.net (www.the-wallflowers.net/behind2e.html):

"There was a misunderstanding, I think, because of one of the lines in the song, that the whole song was about a girl who died. People ask me who died. There's nobody who died. It's in the first verse: 'The long death of…' What's…I can't even remember the line…let's see: '[I've] seen the sun coming up/At the funeral at dawn/The long broken arm of human law.' It's just about perseverance, and you know I've always tried to believe-like I assume a lot of people do-that the way I treat other people would maybe be the way that I get treated. And people like opportunity, people like to be given a chance, and I think when I wrote that song I probably wasn't really feeling, for whatever reason, like I was being given a chance. I think at that point I just felt like I couldn't get anybody to listen." The Album Network, December 19, 1997 - article121997.htm

"I tend to write with a lot of metaphors and images, so people take them literally,'' he says. "The song's meaning is all in the first verse. It's about the death of ideas. The first verse says, 'The death of the long broken arm of human law.' At times, it seems like there should be a code among human beings that is about respect and appreciation." He adds: "I wasn't feeling like there was much support outside the group putting together the record. In the chorus, it says, `C'mon try a little.' I didn't need everything to get through, I could still get through -- meaning 'one headlight.' '' 8.28.97 By Tom Alesia for Wisconsin State Journal - article082897.htm

Been to long... | Reviewer: Rebekah | 6/29/09

I remember when i first heard this song, it was actually a long time ago and i just heard it again today on the radio.

And i thought of what it meant to me then and now, and i can actually relate now in ways i never thought possible due to actually experincing it. Long story short this song is amazing and leaves room for your own interpretation. :)


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