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[Verse:]
Once upon another time
Somebody's hands who felt like mine
Turned a key into good drive
Was free
I recall the sun sank low
Buckley on the radio
Cigarette was burning slow
So breathe

[Chorus:]
Just yellow lines, and tire marks
And some kiss skin in handle bars
And where I stood, was where I was
To be

[Verse:]
No enemies to call my own
No porchline on to pull me home
And where I was is beautiful
Because I was free

[Verse:]
Once upon another time
Before I knew which life was mine
Before I left the child behind, be
I saw myself in summer nights
And stars that up like candle lights
I make my wish but mostly, I believed

[Chorus:]
And yellow lines and tire marks
Some kiss skin in handle bars
And where I stood, was where I was
To be

[Outro:]
Once upon another time
Decided nothing good in dying
So I would just keep on driving
Because I was free



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    UnregisteredJul 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    It is about remembering a more care free time in the woman's life when she was on the road (physical and/or metaphorically) with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
    1. "somebody's hands that felt like mine": is a younger self, hence the familiarity.
    2. "so breathe": has space and/or time to take a breath and/or moment.
    3. "just yellow lines and tire marks": could be an actual open road but think of a road in your head, it has endless turns, exits and forks. Possibility's are endless.
    4. "and where i stood, was where i was, to be": that there was no place in particular that she needed to be physically and/or emotionally.
    5. Second verse explains point 4 above, that she had no responsibility and/or attachments holding her down.
    6. "before i knew which life was mine": meaning before she decided her path in life (a time before deciding on education, career, to have kids ext.).
    7. "before i left the child behind me": before she left behind childish (or child like [there is a difference]) ways.
    8. "and stars that up like candle lights, i make my wish but mostly, i believed": refers to a younger more naive self that thought that anything is possible.
    9. "decided nothing good in dying": a double negative of sorts (nothing and dying) meaning live life.
  • U
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    UnregisteredJul 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    It is about remembering a more care free time in the woman's life when she was on the road (physical or metaphorically) with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
    1. "somebody's hands that felt like mine": is a younger self, hence the familiarity.
    2. "so breathe": has space or time to take a breath or moment.
    3. "just yellow lines and tire marks": could be and actual open road but think of a road in your head it has endless turns, exits and forks. Possibility's are endless.
    4. "and where i stood, was where i was, to be": that there was no place in particular to that she needed to be physically and emotionally.
    5. Second verse explains point 4 above that she had no responsibility or attachments holding her down.
    6. "before i knew which life was mine": meaning before she decided her path in life (deciding on education, career, to have kids ext.)
    7. "before i left the child behind me": before she grew up.
    8. "and stars that up like candle lights, i make my wish but mostly, i believed": refers to a younger more naive self that thought that anything is possible.
    9. "decided nothing good in dying": a double negative of sorts (nothing and dying) meaning live life.

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