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One Headlight
The Wallflowers 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 comin' up at the funeral at dawn
Of 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 sun 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, cigarettes
This place is always such a mess
Sometimes, I think I'd like to watch it burn
But I sit 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 of death, it must be killin' me

Hey, 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

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jakob Dylan

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Listening to this line everyday helped change my life for the best:
“But there's got be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed”

I landed a good paying supervisor job in early 2022. A job I could tell was a mistake from day one. Such a toxic environment with no support. Every decision I make pisses someone off, people cussing me out almost daily. Just constant interrogation from upper management. It got so bad that I developed sleep insomnia. Waking up in cold sweats, not even enjoying my days off, dreading going back to work.

To make matters worse, I had a falling out with my siblings back in the summer of 2020. And it was over petty divisive political/social crap that brought out the worst in me. Wish I could change my decisions and actions over it. Never had I felt so guilty about life decisions I had made to get myself into such a lonesome place. Which brings up another good line that hits me hard:
“So long ago I don't remember when
That's when they said I lost my only friend”

But I had to reach a place of getting comfortable in my own skin. Forgiving myself, forgiving others, just look to a better future and keep moving forward. I knew that I could do better. If nothing else, find peace in my life… even if I have to be completely alone with everyone against me in the process. This is the part of my life where I need to do whatever I can to get myself out, with no guidance from anyone except myself, as if I have just… “one headlight.” It’s kind of like what’s said in the chorus:
“Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
Got to be something better than in the middle”

I spent the next six months trying to find a job I knew I wanted, which was trucking/delivery. But I wanted to drive local, and I was without a CDL or driving experience. Every time I thought I found something, it turned out I either didn’t qualify, it wasn’t local, or if it was a match, I’d get turned down. Sometimes I never got a response back.

Despite being discouraged, I kept listening to this song everyday on my drive to the job I hated. It was a constant reminder that there’s got to be a way out of this. Someway, somehow, despite feeling stuck and hopeless, I would eventually find a way out of it and never turn back.

“But there's got be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed”

Well I did find that opening, and I’ve been out of that job for over four months, now. I’m working the best job I’ve ever had in my life. Now that I’m delivering, I guess you could say that I run until I’m out of breath, I run until there’s nothing left. Literally, I have to run until there’s nothing left to deliver in my truck!



Marious Grauer

Lyrics:
So long ago I don't remember when
That's when they said I lost my only friend
Well they said she died easy of a broke 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-ey-ey
Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
Got to be something better than in the middle

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 be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me

Through this maze of ugliness and greed
And I've seen the sign up ahead at the county line bridge
Sayin' all is good and nothingness is dead
We run until she's out of breath
She ran until there's nothing left
She hit the end, just her window ledge

Hey-ey-ey
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
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-ey-ey
Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than in the middle

Me and Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight



Mary JJ Best

Jesus is the answer; God is bigger than the agony and sickness and disease are powerless when God is for you.

2023 and I am finally out of the middle. My one headlight has been exchanged for purpose and place. I thought I would have this very same One Headlight agony forever. This song has it's place, and I am so very grateful to shelf it. Jesus set me free. God bless you and yours.


Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Of first importance, Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day He rose from the dead in accordance with the Scriptures. For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whomsoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that through Him the world might be saved. And this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death; without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. The former days of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands ALL people everywhere to repent for He has fixed a day upon which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to ALL by raising Him from the dead. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son will not see life for the wrath of God remains upon him. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Follow Jesus ONLY; Holy Bible ONLY.

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
True worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.

To God alone be glory. Maranatha!

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Declan Costelloe

This song takes me back to 97,I was in the waiting room as my wife was rushed in for an emergency c section,never been so scared in my life,27 and facing losing my best friend and my baby,this started playing and I focused on the tune,it helped,here I am again 26 years later still married to my best friend and our daughter now has kids of her own,where did the last 26 years go?Hearing this makes me feel like I’m back in my 20’s.A timeless classic.

Ivi Morales

@graynote’s cartridge box pa

JoseManuel Andrades

Maybe this last 26 year where to good yo remember

Declan Costelloe

@Eye Gotcha she said hello and hopes your keeping well.

Eye Gotcha

Hello, Declan, what a great story ending! Please say hello to The Missus for me. 😊

William M

I got goosebumps man.

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Brian Clover

One of the most unique aspects of this song, a unique trait that is rarely if ever talked about, is the fact that there is not one single crash cymbal hit... NOT ONE. The drummer doesn't even have them. I literally can't think of another pop or rock song with this distinction.

Jaden Salads

3oh3 moment

VideoLux

Wow, amazing, never came to my mind, thats why it sounds like it does, so soft on the ears.

Aimes

This song is one of the best recordings of all time.

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