Dispatch - Painted Yellow Lines Lyrics




Aw it's dark outside
I've been trying to get a ride
While my body waits
My body waits

America
Warm my face
I've been trying to turn the page

Once I was a little boy
Staring at my shoes
You came along and found
Me in the chicken coop

But time takes over
I can't say when
Time takes over
May we do it again

Take me to the beachhead let's go over
All of those rocks
At the end of the road
Take me down to main
Street with no clothes on
With our bare feet on the

Painted yellow lines with
Our shadows far behind us
Broke into that summer school
And fooled around on the infirmary cot
And we can be like all those fairies
Making their rain angels in the eddies
And I have no expectation
Just an adolescent heart

Aw it's dark outside
I've been trying to get a ride
While my body waits
My body waits

America
Warm my face
I've been trying to turn the page

Once I was a little boy
Staring at my shoes
You came along and found
Me in the chicken coop

But time takes over
I can't say when
Time takes over
May we do it again

Take me to the beachhead let's go over
All of those rocks
At the end of the road
Help me down the
Seawall let's find Marci
See if she got that

Invitation to the movie
The one where the
Kids break out of juvie
And then by their own admission
They go and turn themselves all in
Just as they get there to the station
The young one wheels
And begs the pavement
For brother speed to make arrangements
With the spirits of the night

Take me to the race
Track let's go bet on
Aw the one that no
One expects to win and
Let's bet on the skinny horse
He will surely try the
Hardest to come in first

I bet you for the winner
They put on some kind of fancy dinner
Let's be like those Philadelphia sisters
That have prayed straight
For a hundred years
I have no expectation
Just to be here in the present
And behold you for a second
Before it all goes away

Ah
Ah
Ah
Before it all goes away
Ah
Ah
Ah

And those painted yellow lines
With our shadows far behind
Broke into that summer school
And fooled around on the infirmary cot
And we can be like all those fairies
Making their rain angels in the eddies
And I have no expectation
Just an adolescent heart





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  1. Root Model

    One of the best bands on the planet.

  2. Lotta Frost

    I've listened to dispatch since I was thirteen, so ten years and counting. it makes me nostalgic in all the possible ways. my adolescent heart is full of your songs. thank you <3

  3. Amy Fryman

    Dispatch come to Nelson's ledges please!!!!

  4. Susan Price

    Wilmington, NC,  Greenfield Lake Amp.

  5. dave wilson

    I heard this song on CBC radio and became obsessed about the the band. When you find something this great, you buy in totally.

  6. Cinder Has No Idea

    Do you know how much I love this

  7. Okami 7Dreco

    I've had this video on loop for a few hours, and I noticed a bit of magic at 4:55
    I'm kind of curious how many other people have spotted it

  8. Skryte Temnoty

    heard this on the radio <3

  9. Melissa Flower

    Shweeeet Shong

  10. drew

    Totally, every song on this album is prime guys

  11. Tuan Jim

    God, this song just fills me with such ineffable, painful/sweet nostalgia. Beautiful. This is the stuff of life.

  12. Jill Silveira

    Love it, it's finally being played by Bay Area radio stations. It is really cheering me up.

  13. Ryan L

    Hipsters

  14. Athena McCumber

    Thank you for making this world a better place to live.

  15. Benjamin Sorber

    I love this song

  16. Brian J. Carnevale

    Thanks for the great new music. It touches us, well done.

  17. Claire Martha

    Reminds me of the group "Iron and Wine", so great.

  18. mitchell aquilino

    This song just touch's my soul

  19. DISPATCH

    We know America, Location 12 comes out next week but we couldn't help ourselves. We had to release one more song. Our touring brother Matt Embree said that Painted Yellow Lines, "feels like driving on the freeway between Biloxi and New Orleans at 3AM in the morning."
    The song was written in a brick row house in Richmond, Virginia. It's about hitchhiking and jumping freight trains across America, and thinking of the past while searching for a second chance.
    In the beginning, we are hitchhiking and the sun is going down - and hope with it. Thumbing it (rubber tramping it) is hard enough in the daylight, let alone the night.
    The song then hurtles back to memories of Chad's childhood. He ran away from home when he was nine and made it as far as the chicken coop. His family found him asleep in the shavings. Then the song switches to summer time as a teenager, running barefoot along the yellow lines in the middle of the road at night, followed by later memories of cops, girls and horses.
    Recording this song was a unique experience. The production is so seemingly simple, but was quite hard to get right. There were so many layers of color and texture working together to serve the lyrics. The drums were particularly hard to track because we didn't use any fills or hard hitting sections. The restraint in recording all of the parts and just subtly changing up the bass drum pattern became an obsession of ours.

    Tawny Liebe

    DISPATCH keep on digging deep 16 year fan love everything...people need people! Love you Pete come back see you in St. Petersburg Florida straight from central Wisconsin! ✌🏼

    Ian Mariano

    DISPATCH so awesome. Thank you for talking about it this way, it makes the song so damn personal and filled with meaning. *went as far as the chicken coop.

    Morag MacGregor

    DISPATCH ~ I heard this song playing in the background maybe a dozen times without much reaction...then all of a sudden it grabbed me in a very personal place and I've been obsessed ever since.

    That's the way it happens with the very best songs.

    Jason Milton

    this song crushes me. the lyrics are so deep in my feels its scary. hits me in the ventricles.

    Danielle Olson

    I love this song so so much!

  20. Brenda Hankins

    I love this song and the lyrics. Well done.

  21. DJ Grim

    Several live versions (which don't tell you they are live in their titles) and this "official audio" but no proper video for it.

  22. Con Barry

    This tune has a great rhythm, my favorite song on the record!

    Brian J. Carnevale

    It does at that. Now hitting the mainstream radio stations in Boston

  23. Bart's Hi-Fi Record Transfer Lounge

    This is the song that I really liked off the album so I bought it on iTunes. Now I feel like taking a road trip out West..

  24. Tasheeta

    Will you be selling vinyl at the British gigs? Can't afford the postage from America. Looking forward to hearing it in full!

  25. Emily Bartell

    Please make your way to San Diego!

  26. DISPATCH

    Relix posted a live version of "Painted Yellow Lines" on their channel.

    https://youtu.be/VOmixpI0Beg

    Aidian

    Love this song!!!!!!!!

  27. CrankBait

    Crazy I'm 21 and can't wait to see you in Iowa, but odd to think I've been listening to you since my brother was in highschool in the early 2000s and showed me you guys. I was 9ish than and still listening. Lol love the song

  28. Heinrich Thomas

    counting down the days!

  29. Tom Fehr

    god damn this song is fucking beautiful

  30. broseph502

    Dude, loving this song! A serendipitous album at the 20 year mark, so good.

    Citizen X

    Thumbs up for serendipity, bro.

  31. SeriousDrops TV

    this song sounds like freedom and nostaliga to me. awesome job. im gonna listen the shit out of this the next few days :D

  32. pootwilla

    Love you guys <3

  33. Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling

    Thanks for sharing...Love the melodies. Looking forward to a future show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA.

  34. Alex Haseltine

    I am still patiently waiting for you guys to announce a show in SF/Oakland/Berkeley. Holding my breath, friends.

    DISPATCH

    We're doing west coast dates in the fall. However, we're doing a small free show in Santa Cruz on June 8th. Register to get tickets at www.dispatchmusic.com

    Grant Rosen

    I'm not seeing the west coast in your posted tour in the description, it looks like in the fall you'll be in Europe. Is west coast still in the plans? I registered for the Santa Cruz show but didn't get chosen, I'd love to see you guys if possible! (I'm in SF)

  35. Martin Holck

    Good one! New album starting to look good! :) Good job guys

  36. brent yezek

    Really looking forward to the new album - loving all the songs so far. This song has a Guster feel to it.

  37. Bobby Jae

    Every song I've heard from this album so far has been fantastic.

  38. Stephen Mazurak

    great song!

  39. Глеб Овечко

    Love you guys, a one more perfect song!

  40. weirdfishjacek

    Chad, your songwriting is better than it's ever been, and I've been listening for over 15 years...

  41. EL Mojito

    nice song boys. u make great music <3
    German fan :)

  42. DISPATCH

    "Painted Yellow Lines" was written in a brick row house in Richmond Virginia. It's about hitchhiking and jumping freight trains across America, and thinking of the past while searching for a second chance.

    In the beginning, we are hitchhiking and the sun is going down - and hope with it. Thumbing it (rubber tramping it) is hard enough in the daylight, let alone the night.

    The song then hurtles back to memories of Chad's childhood. He ran away from home when he was nine and made it as far as the chicken coop. His family found him asleep in the shavings. Then the song switches to summer time as a teenager, running barefoot along the yellow lines in the middle of the road at night, followed by later memories of cops, girls and horses.

    Recording this song was a unique experience. The production is so seemingly simple, but was quite hard to get right. There were so many layers of color and texture working together to serve the lyrics. The drums were particularly hard to track because we didn't use any fills or hard hitting sections. The restraint in recording all of the parts and just subtly changing up the bass drum pattern became an obsession of ours.

    Julie Hampton-Ross

    I find it hypnotic in a nostalgic kinda way. It speaks to so many relate-able life aspects. I can 'feel' the textures. So well done.!

    Brian J. Carnevale

    thinking of the past while searching for a second chance. Burned up my second chance

    Terri Light

    Heard this on CBC Radio 2 "Nightstream" last night and was immediately drawn in to these scenarios and feelings. Next thing I know I am googling "skinny horse" and playing this over and over. Such a great night driving song. So refined and subtly expansive. Adolescence embodied in a song.

    dave wilson

    DISPATCH fantastic song!