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The Wallflowers — One Headlight
Album: Bringing Down the Horse
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 1335









Released: 1992
Length: 4:58
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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 comin' up at the funeral at dawn
With the long broken arm of human law
Now, it always seemed such a waste
She always had a pretty face
I wondered why 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 sign up ahead
At the county line bridge
Sayin' all is good and nothingness 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

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

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 and 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 your death, it must be killin' 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
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Yesss.....Still a good band{#Bananasplit}
Still a good band
 (anonymous) wrote:
Man, this song gets some negative comments. It's a good one, sure it was overplayed for a little while, but it certainly isn't now. Good song, glad to have it on the playlist!
 
What I like about this song is that you can understand every word. For someone as musically challenged as me (read: I've always been told 'you blend well'), that's a pretty good thing. I guess I didn't know he's Bob's son? I can't say the same for his dad's lyrics in a bunch of his songs.
 Rockit999 wrote:
1 head lice

 
Well then it's NOT an infestation, eh? 

I don't know if I like this song b/c of Jakob's dad, or if I feel it should be better b/c of Papa Dylan; undeniable though, and it shouldn't be the case, that the Dylan connection imparts something on my hearing of it.  Huh.  Oh well I guess I can stick with the 7 rating on this one.  Long Live RP!!

 drewd wrote:
So is this about driving a motorcycle? Is it about driving around with a busted headlight? That's not very safe. You can get a ticket for that! Just sayin......

 
Well, he turns the engine. (Of a beat-up-truck) But the engine doesn't turn. So, I guess he's not really driving anywhere, irrespective of the number of functioning head lights. He only asserts that we CAN drive it home with one headlight. This does not imply that we SHOULD do so. As you so correctly point out: That would be illegal.

I really can't explain it, but I still like this song - alot.
 rpdevotee wrote:

Sounds more like "We want head lice" to me {#Stupid}

Funny thing is, they could sing it that way live and no one would ever know!

 
Is that because nobody would be at the concert or because he mumbles like his old man?
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Sounds more like "We want head lice" to me {#Stupid}

Funny thing is, they could sing it that way live and no one would ever know!
The tuning on that snare drum is tighter than my ex-wife's smile. 
 Kassbomb wrote:
Today's songs are veering too commercial

 
This song is over twenty years old.
1 head lice
why re-live mediocrity?  Let this one die
Today's songs are veering too commercial
This album came out in '96, not '92.
Check out this duet with The Boss
 trissi wrote:
This is the only tolerable song by this cheez-ball band. It's tainted with the horror of excessive commercial-radio-air-time-play. What a waste of bandwidth to hear it here.

 

 hugogdt wrote:
Sometimes RP reminds us, with all that info available for each song, that time goes by fast: already 22 years since this Wallflowers album ...

 
Gasp.
Great set! Brilliant segue! Bryan Ferry — Reason or Rhyme to this!! {#Roflol}
So is this about driving a motorcycle? Is it about driving around with a busted headlight? That's not very safe. You can get a ticket for that! Just sayin......
This has been out since 1992 and it was not until I saw the song title here that I figured out what the heck he was saying.. One headlight.
 meauclaire wrote:
At least it's not 3 Marlenas but it still sucks.

 
Come on, this is at least three rating points better.
At least it's not 3 Marlenas but it still sucks.
Forgettable. Apt band name
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
There seemed to be some mention of an incinerator as well.
How can one even turn an engine which doesn't turn ?

 
Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Actually, this is what Dylan wanted, but his bandmates had to intervene. The result is their compromise.
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Now, this is what I will hear forevermore.  Thanks a lot Stratocaster!
A tune that has been co-opted for a recent Geico motorcycle insurance commercial. 
Appropriate, I suppose, given the song title. 
 
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Time to rate comments, RP!

Now imagine this song being played live for a bunch of people having bagels in a shop in L.A. Who would have thought dylan would have such beautiful babies?
Sometimes RP reminds us, with all that info available for each song, that time goes by fast: already 22 years since this Wallflowers album ...
well worn but still a good drivin' tune..
Best part of this song is it reminds me of freshman year of college and I remember to text my roomate to see how he's doing.
Pretty catchy tune, terrible lyrics which I find amusingly ironic.{#Lol}
 Stratocaster wrote:
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

 
Haha - I used to mishear lyrics like this. Now I either hear them or I don't - maybe it's a sign of decline.
Another great misheard song lyric.

"I Want Head Lice" 

Well say goodbye it's Independence Day

All boys must run away come Independence Day

So say goodbye it's Independence Day

All men must make their way come Independence Day

(From "The River", Bruce Springsteen, 1978)

I love this Jakob's "Independence Day", even knowing very well it's "inspiration". It's a pity that Bill never plays the "original"... 


 crockydile wrote:
Screw all you critics. This is just great songwriting and solid music.
 
diddo....{#Dance}well, maybe not the songwriting, but catchy tune nevertheless
La la la ... sounds like his dad ... more handsome 'though.
 TJS wrote:
I'll take this over his dad any day of the week.
 
Oh so true.
I'll take this over his dad any day of the week.
 trissi wrote:
This is the only tolerable song by this cheez-ball band. It's tainted with the horror of excessive commercial-radio-air-time-play. What a waste of bandwidth to hear it here.
 
Troll
Hi Bill. Please play this song for us today. Here it is cold. But it feels just like Independence Day.
Oooohhhhhh,Sometime since I lasted heard this,terrific.
Always loved this song.  Thanks for playing!
An awesome song. I used to listen to the whole album while hitch-hiking from and to my university. 

 
 lathyris wrote:

Wikipedia says 1996. That seems more right. . .
 
I remember this being 1996.  Freshman year of college.  My roomate thought this was the greatest song ever written.  Me, not so much.
This is the only tolerable song by this cheez-ball band. It's tainted with the horror of excessive commercial-radio-air-time-play. What a waste of bandwidth to hear it here.
I used to use the snare sound on this one as a reference for compression and gating...


btw. this IS the good Wallflowers song... {#Lol}
 abbey_normal wrote:
Aww man. 1992. 1992! That can't be right.  This song is nearly 20 years old?
 
Wikipedia says 1996. That seems more right. . .
Aww man. 1992. 1992! That can't be right.  This song is nearly 20 years old?

I think I might like this song in another 50 years, long after the stench of popular radio has left it.  So—-let's do our best NOT to play this sone for 50 years.


 Rooney wrote:
Damn annoying song.  Can't elaborate.  Something about it so freaking contrived.  Or something.
 
I think the chunky-chunky-chunky rhythm track is the main problem here.

Love the groove and the delivery. Wish the bridge wasn't so powerful/loud, since it spoils the mood. Kinda a forerunner to "I will Possess Your Heart."
Damn annoying song.  Can't elaborate.  Something about it so freaking contrived.  Or something.
 ZedLeppelin wrote:
Boo this is boring.
 
{#Snooty}

 pinklife wrote:
This is one of those songs that got so much airplay when it came out that you literally have to not hear it for years before you can appreciate what a great song it really is.
 

I'll take your word on it.  Hasn't been long enough for me to tell.
This is one of those songs that got so much airplay when it came out that you literally have to not hear it for years before you can appreciate what a great song it really is.
Boo this is boring.
 bachbeet wrote:
Excellent song from an excellent album.  I think Jacob's work can stand on its own w/o mention of his father.
 
Ha, you say this as you mention his father. Such a Zen comment.
Ah, this song will ALWAYS remind me of high school — in a good way. {#Smile}
Love this song~
Excellent song from an excellent album.  I think Jacob's work can stand on its own w/o mention of his father.
I don't care how much commercial airplay this track (or the CD, for that matter) got, this is a good song, worthy of airplay on RP.
 annersjen wrote:

Beat me over the head with a spoon but I can't stand to listen to Dylan the elder. He wrote some good songs, though.

 
why? did you want him to stay folk?? is it his voice that turns u off?? I'm so lost on this computer? it is so hard to have a good talk over a computer.... I'm sure you have a good reason..... take care

{#Puke}... I am ashamed.......{#Redface}
 horstman wrote:

There is no doubt that it WAS overplayed.

Not so now. Still a great song. Maybe not as good or as innovative as his dad but then is Micheal Douglas as good as Kirk Douglas? Probably not, but they are both competent actors. Same for these two. If anything, Jacob inherited his mother's voice. Which can only be a step up.

 
Beat me over the head with a spoon but I can't stand to listen to Dylan the elder. He wrote some good songs, though.

I HAVE been hearing this alot lately - not just here. Is this on a TV show or soundtrack or something?
 mr_toad wrote:
 

and his fathers heart
Wallflowers - One Headlight
Jeff Beck - Freeway Jam
The Beatles - Get Back
John Hiatt - Pirate Radio

 horstman wrote:

There is no doubt that it WAS overplayed.

Not so now. Still a great song. Maybe not as good or as innovative as his dad but then is Micheal Douglas as good as Kirk Douglas? Probably not, but they are both competent actors. Same for these two. If anything, Jacob inherited his mother's voice. Which can only be a step up.

 


 JesseJ wrote:
I think we can do better. So overplayed.
 
There is no doubt that it WAS overplayed.

Not so now. Still a great song. Maybe not as good or as innovative as his dad but then is Micheal Douglas as good as Kirk Douglas? Probably not, but they are both competent actors. Same for these two. If anything, Jacob inherited his mother's voice. Which can only be a step up.

 timrink wrote:
I'm still really sick of this song. For some reason, I expect RP to stay away from those songs which have beaten to death by radio.
 
"Laughing Out Loud," or "Angel On My Bike" would have been better representatives of this album. . .


Most excellent set!

Wallflowers - One Headlight
Jeff Beck - Freeway Jam
The Beatles - Get Back
John Hiatt - Pirate Radio
Still, it's a good song......
I'm still really sick of this song. For some reason, I expect RP to stay away from those songs which have beaten to death by radio.
window wrote:
I don't know why, but this song seems much better now than when it came out. Probably because I'm not hearing it 15 times a day.
Agreed. I actually always liked this song, but got completely sick of hearing it!
jmk999 wrote:
Does anybody know if the Wallflowers are still together? Seems like they just sort of slipped off the face of the earth and that's a shame.
I actually saw them at summerfest in Milwaukee a few years ago. Looks like they have some tour dates this summer.
If he wasn't Bob Dylan's son no one would care one jot about this band, this album is awful too. 1, if that.
I think we can do better. So overplayed.
queenjill wrote:
I like this song, but don't the Wallflowers have any other songs? This is the only one that ever gets played, methinks.
I've heard Three Marlenas, their cover of Bowie's Heroes, and Everybody Out Of The Water all on terrestrial radio. Actually I may have just heard that last one on WFUV's internet stream, so I dunno if that counts. :P But they certainly don't qualify for one-hit wonder status.
Does this data really have any relevance? Same can be said of many famous people...so what? :snooty:
I don't know why, but this song seems much better now than when it came out. Probably because I'm not hearing it 15 times a day.
Raechel wrote:
Don't get me wrong, love Jacob Dylan and he obviously has a fantastic voice, however I saw him live once and he was brutal!! (May have been influenced by substances...) :cowboy:
I like this song, but saw the Wallflowers open for the Stones at Dodger Stadium. They just blew!
Does anybody know if the Wallflowers are still together? Seems like they just sort of slipped off the face of the earth and that's a shame.
...i've always thought that this song suffers for its chorus - take the exact same song, just omit the vocals for an instrumental chorus/break, and it'd be an easy eight...
The kid can't help it if this was a hit on the radio or whom his Dad is. A really good song on it's own.
Screw all you critics. This is just great songwriting and solid music. :bounce:
Oh yeah, and doesn't music sound better when you know that the music will continue on Monday? :) :) :)
Lonestar wrote:
Daddy, can I have some talent?
I strongly object!!! If you don't think this is a fantastic summer cruising song like I do, that's perfectly fine, but don't base it on a comparison with the greatest American songwriter... that's just not sporting. 9/10, btw.
Daddy, can I have some talent?
meydele wrote:
And he can sing, unlike some close relatives of his. So that's two things in his favor.
Don't get me wrong, love Jacob Dylan and he obviously has a fantastic voice, however I saw him live once and he was brutal!! (May have been influenced by substances...) :cowboy:
araujokrl wrote:
seriously Mmmmmm :yes:
seriously
Gosh, time flies. Feels like yesterday when this was new.
phreels wrote:
Mmmm. Jakob Dylan... :hearteyes:
And he can sing, unlike some close relatives of his. So that's two things in his favor.
this song makes me want to hammer a nail through something.
good run of tunes PR is doing good today thx.7.0MtnGoat wrote:
In the car, windows down, early August, headed down NYS Rt. 30 from the Adirondacks. Passin' 'em like they were standing still...
this song makes me put a nail through something.
Always thought this was "not enough" to satisfy the RP audience. IMO kicks ass and completely. How would you like to be BD's kid and a musician Heaven maybe.
In the car, windows down, early August, headed down NYS Rt. 30 from the Adirondacks. Passin' 'em like they were standing still...
Blech.
Been a while since this got a metric bajillion hours of airplay. I could see myself grabbing this on iTunes.
The background almost sounds sampled from Al Green...never noticed that before.
phenomenally mediocre and forgetable 3
phreels wrote:
Mmmm. Jakob Dylan... :hearteyes:
seriously Mmmmmm :yes:
Great song, reminds me of high school. And for once the tale goes on with great memories of secondary eduaction.. go figure. Zeppelin is perfect to end any doubt. OH BABY I LOVE YOU OHHHH!...
yeah, the Wallflowers are ho hum and I would never listen to them by choice... BUT! that organ is just soooo catchy!
queenjill wrote:
I like this song, but don't the Wallflowers have any other songs? This is the only one that ever gets played, methinks.
I just checked, three of their other songs are in the active rotation on RP. I don't think any of their other songs have gotten any sig air play on broadcast radio so its not suprising you don't recall hearing any other ones.
I like this song, but don't the Wallflowers have any other songs? This is the only one that ever gets played, methinks.
:puke:
Mmmm. Jakob Dylan... :hearteyes:
Come on try a little, Nothing is forever. My heart's with you, Amy. Love you Always, Dave.
Cool haven't heard this in ages. :daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy: :daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy: :daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy::daisy:
Kerly wrote:
Wow, wow, wallflowers.
:daisy:daisy:
Wow, wow, wallflowers.
Yea, it was overplayed. Not Hootie and the Blowfish overplayed, but def heavy rotation. My issue is with the vocals that are completly drownd to the point that I thought my stereo was defective. On balance, I like it. Just wish they'd pumped the vocals up. :cool:
Honestly, this would stand up well as an instrumental. It's the lyrics that drag it down for me more than anything. To me, "God says nothing back" is a wonderful song, and shows what they are capable of. Too bad nothing else seems to match that "quality" level - at least for me.
zaknafein wrote:
Absolutely. Just because it got overplayed doesn't mean it isn't a good song. Glad to see it in the rotation.
:yes:
Skid_Mark wrote:
"I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn" -- almost as inspired as Melissa Etheridge's "And the night is black, as black as night" :rolleyes:
And the night was dark and stormy--it was a dark and stormy night.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, never did anything for me...Still doesn't. Sorry, I've tried... :mad:
Still great after all of these years! A wonderful song I played over and over again on a 1997 road trip to North Carolina, my first official ROAD TRIP of college, aaahhh good times. Mainstream radio be damned, it doesn't change the fact that this one is a keepah.
great to hear this!
I've always wondered if Jakob's sexy singing isn't his way of rebelling against his dad. I actually didn't know they were related until I'd bought this CD and fallen in love with almost every track.