This Old Car

from Am I Home

This old car has seen the ages since the second of the world wars
Bought by a Jersey family on the cutting edge of poor.
A ragged wife and weary children stricken with the chore
Of a restless man of thirty-five who dreamed he lived for more.

[Chorus]
Im hating my surroundings and my soul Im sure is dead.
I will die a hollow, bitter man with a gun against my head.
I need some time to drive alone to feel the wind of the life Ive blown.
I may be back, but dont expect that this car will find me home.

After two thousand turns of the gauge, he hid his wedding band
And lost the keys in a musty room to lust and a womans hand.
She stole off with her lover,
He was a dressed-up blues-harp man.
And they chased the road to Chicago for the blues
From any raging band.

This old car has seen the ages since the second of the world wars.
Its seen a man in his final stagesseen two lovers opening doors.
But the doors jammed shut and struck up the band
When the blues man asked for more.
The woman heard no harmony in the blues
Of old Chicago lore.

[Repeat chorus]

In a back field in a farmers lot, a boy-man finds the car.
Bought for a song by his father, its been ten years off the tar.
A motionless engine is a curse
To a boy with a ready heart.
In a boxed-up town the dreams abound
But never get their start.

[Repeat chorus]

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