“You Remind Me of Home,” Ben Gibbard

You remind me of home;
The paint cracks when the water leaks from the rusty pipes that are just beneath my feet
You remind me of home;
The heater’s warm but fills the room with a potpourri of dust and gas fumes

You remind me of home;
A broken bed with dirty sheets that creaks when I am shifting in my sleep
You remind me of home;
In a suburban town with nothing to do, patiently waiting for something to happen

But the foundation is crumbling
And becoming one with the ground
While you lay there in slumber
You’re wasting your life,
Wasting your life.
You’re wasting your life,
Wasting your life.
You remind me of home;
Sitting on a thrift store couch, I’m trying to get this all down.

Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard, “One Fast Move Or I’m Gone”

This river of road,
It don’t flow like it used to.
But it’s more of a home
Than anywhere that I’ve ridden it to.

We used to dream together
But now I drink alone.
From the bottle to the tumbler
Is the only journey left I know.

And in my memory’s depths I retrace my steps.
I cannot find where I went wrong.
It was one fast move or I’m gone.

I found out at an early age I could make anything or plane
Disappear or cease to exist if I turned my back to it.
And that the interstates, they don’t connect
Where you are to what you’ve left.
And the ghost of our dreams haunt the roads in between.

Though nothing could compare to the love we share
It just didn’t have a place to belong.
It was one fast move or I’m gone.
One fast move or I’m gone.
One fast move or I’m gone.

Thanks to Dennis for getting this song to me a while ago. The lyrics are from Jack Kerouac’s “Big Sur”. This song’s title was also the name of a documentary about Kerouac, and this song was on its soundtrack. I knew there was a Ben Gibbard / Death Cab connection with Kerouac before (“Bixby Canyon Bridge” is about the author) but after looking into this song I learned Gibbard stayed in Big Sur while writing the album “Bixby” appears on, 2008’s “Narrow Stairs”.