The Wallflowers - One Headlight



"One Headlight" is a song by American rock band the Wallflowers. The song was written by lead singer Jakob Dylan, and produced by T-Bone Burnett. It was released in January 1997 as the second single from the band's second studio album, Bringing Down the Horse (1996).


Dylan has said that the song is about "the death of ideas".


The song is notable for being the first single to reach No. 1 on all three of Billboard's rock airplay charts: the Modern Rock Tracks chart, the Mainstream Rock Songs chart and the Adult Alternative Songs chart. "One Headlight" also stayed at No. 1 in Canada for five weeks. In 2000, the song was listed at No. 58 on Rolling Stone and MTVs list of "100 Greatest Pop Songs of All Time".





Lyrics


So long ago, I don't remember when

That's when they say I lost my only friend

Well they said she died easy of a broken heart disease

As I listened through the cemetery trees


I seen the sun coming up at the funeral at dawn

The long broken arm of human law

Now it always seemed such a waste

She always had a pretty face

So I wondered how she hung around this place


Hey, come on try a little

Nothing is forever

There's got to be something better than

In the middle

But me and Cinderella

We put it all together

We can drive it home

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

And I seen the sun up ahead

At the county line bridge

Saying all is good and nothingness is dead

We'd run until she's out of breath

She ran until there's nothing left

She hit the end, it's just her window ledge


Hey, come on try a little

Nothing is forever

There's got to be something better than

In the middle

But me and Cinderella

We put it all together

We can drive it home

With one headlight


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 cheap wine and cigarettes

This place is always such a mess

Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn

I'm so alone, 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 dying dreams

I think her death it must be killing me


Hey

Hey

Hey, come on try a little

Nothing is forever

There's got to be something better than

In the middle

But me and Cinderella

We put it all together

We can drive it home

With one headlight