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Go Outside & Drive
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

I've really got to clean up my room
You know its been so long since I've seen my floor

It's getting kind of scary in fact I suspect
That when I finally clear away I won't know her anymore
How we'll have grown so far apart
From those early days with the fresh new start
So in the end it won't matter at all
So why should I bother with the rise and the fall
So I quietly lay back down
And watch TV

But these are the things we tell ourselves
Eventual stories designed to amuse
It's a game we play and we play it well
In fact we're so damn good that we try to lose
So we can keep hiding
So we can survive
And keep on believing
Someday we'll go outside & drive
Gonna go outside & drive...

I have resolved not to leave my house
Till my floor comes back and my room is clean
So I'm really kind of glad that my TV's here
While I concoct my plan to fulfill my dream
Now won't that be wonderful when I'll finally be done
You know I just can't wait for it then I'll start to have fun
It's getting hard lately to concentrate
All my appointments cancelled cause I'm horribly late
You know I think I need a prison
In order to dream of being free

But these are the things we tell ourselves
Eventual stories designed to amuse
It's a game we play and we play it well
In fact we're so damn good that we try to lose
So we can keep hiding
So we can survive
And keep on believing
Someday we'll go outside & drive
Gonna go outside & drive...

Now weeks have gone by and my room's not done
In fact I could say that it's gotten much worse
Amongst the crumpled letters the mood's quite perverse
But I got a new TV with a remote control
Styrofoam and instructions fill the hole
Where I once cleared a path where I once blazed a trail
To the bathroom, but I fear that a nail
Is buried there now so I step very rarely
And try not to get out of bed

You know tomorrow I'll get up and I'll walk out my door
And life will return to the way that it was
But I think I'm getting sick I'd better give it a day
It mustn't get a foothold, but it usually does
So I'll sit right here till I'm old and gray
I need my rest after all I'm wasting away
And I just saw a cockroach crawl out of my sneaker
I think he's biding his time till I get somewhat weaker
Things could still turn out alright
As long as I'm not dead
As long as I'm...
I'm...I'm not...
I'm not dead, no I'm not dead

But these are the things we tell ourselves
Eventual stories designed to amuse
It's a game we play and we play it well
In fact we're so damn good that we try to lose
So we can keep hiding
So we can survive
And keep on believing
Someday we'll go outside & drive
Gonna go outside & drive

I'm still alive, yeah
Is it raining or is it sunning?
I wonder if it's light outside
What's it like outside?
Is it sunning outside?
I wonder if it's raining
Is it raining?

1993 Blues Traveler Pub. Corp.

First release: Save His Soul
Released: 04/06/1993
Earliest time played: 05/23/1991
Last time played: 10/11/2013
Playing frequency:
  352 plays (see all shows)
  18.95% of shows in the database
  20.93% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  This is not about the aftermath of John's motorcycle accident, as is widely believed; his crash was in August of 1992 and this song was first performed over a year earlier.
  In John's words, this is about "the extreme of that feeling of having to clean up your room [...] See, when we got back off of our last tour, I threw my luggage on ... the floor, and the clothes spilled out of it...
  "Things started winding up on my floor, there's garbage, and before you know it, a huge mess was in my room. Edible, rotting trash, everywhere you could see. Chicken legs, it was really gross. Chinese food..."
  "It was pretty disgusting, so I figured I had to clean my room, and this became sort of an obsession."
  Over the years, the band has teased "Loser", "Inchworm", the "I Dream Of Jeannie" and "Peanuts" themes, "Dixie", "Blister In The Sun", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "I Can See Clearly Now", "One Ton Tomato", "Norwegian Wood" and "Tequila" among others.
  The rain heard at the end of this song, accompanied by "is it raining?" carries over into the next song, "Defense & Desire", whose first line is "Step in from the rain..."
  In a California radio interview, John said that he was banned for life from the YMCA Sloan House in New York, for throwing trash out of his window rather than disposing of it when he was moving out.

Other recordings of "Go Outside & Drive":
  When the Lights Go Down, 1994
  When the Lights Go Down, 1994
  Speed [Motion Picture Soundtrack], 1994
  Sweet Pain and...Blues, 1995
  Chunky but Funky, 1995
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  Go Outside & Drive - the Vestal Version, 1999


I've really got to clean up my room/You know its been so long since I've seen my floor
The actual inspiration for writing this song was, in fact, John's messy room. He had just come back from a lengthy tour and put his suitcase on his bed, which he then moved to his floor in order to sleep, and gradually the room became messier as he neglected to clean it. Eventually it got so bad that he wrote a song about it and laziness in general.
blazed a trail
In this sense, 'blaze' does not mean to set on fire, but instead to mark trees with either a cut or a small spray of paint or color along a trail that is being established.