Great Expectations Lyrics

The Gaslight Anthem


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Brian Fallon
album: Track 1 in album The ’59 Sound
release date: 2008-8-18
popularity : 3 users have visited this page.
length: 3:06
producer: Ted Hutt
mixer: Ted Hutt
assistant mixer: Ryan Mall
assistant producer: Ryan Mall
writer: Brian Fallon, Alex Rosamilia, Alex Levine, Benny Horowitz

Cover Art

The Gaslight Anthem The ’59 Sound cover art
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Mary, this station is playing every sad song
I remember like we were alive
I heard it Sunday morn' from inside of these walls
In a prison cell, where we spent those nights

And they burned up the diner where I always used to find her
Licking young boys' blood from her claws
And I learned about the blues from this kitten I knew
Her hair was raven and her heart was like a tomb

My heart's like a wound

And I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife
Everybody leaves and I'd expect as much from you
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life
Everybody leaves, so why, why wouldn't you?

Mary, I worried and stalled every night of my life
Better safe than making the party
And I never had a good time, I sat by my bedside
With papers and poetry about Estella

With great expectations
We had the greatest of expectations

And I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife
Everybody leaves and I'd expect as much from you
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life
Everybody leaves, so why, why wouldn't you?

It's funny how the night moves
Humming a song from 1962

We were always waiting
Always waiting
We were always waiting for something to happen

I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife
Everybody leaves and I'd expect as much from you
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life
Everybody leaves and why, why wouldn't you?


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Great Expectations
  • 2 The ’59 Sound
  • 3 Old White Lincoln
  • 4 High Lonesome
  • 5 Film Noir
  • 6 Miles Davis & the Cool
  • 7 The Patient Ferris Wheel
  • 8 Casanova, Baby!
  • 9 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • 10 Meet Me by the River’s Edge
  • 11 Here’s Looking at You, Kid
  • 12 The Backseat