When the Open Road Is Closing In Lyrics

The Magnetic Fields


album: Track 8 in album The Charm of the Highway Strip
release date: 1994-4-18
popularity : 13 users have visited this page.
genres: Electronic Pop
styles: Pop Rock/Synth-pop/Indie Rock
length: 3:39
lead vocals: Stephin Merritt
composer: Stephin Merritt
lyricist: Stephin Merritt

Album Information

label: Merge Records
country(area): United States
format: CD
barcode: 036172935529
script: Latin

Cover Art

The Magnetic Fields The Charm of the Highway Strip cover art


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and I never said an honest thing to you in all my life
Hard times go slowly and the good times never come
The world is a motor inn in the Iowa highway slum
when the open road is closing in
and you can't say where it ends and you begin
when every truckstop dive's you another five years off your life
when the open road is closing in
and the dotted yellow lines begin to spin
when the sky begins to fall on everything you like at all
you won't be coming home again
Ciao, you keep on drowning in the roads between the towns
now I have been closing all the shutters in the house
well, I know you'll be back when every tree is turning brown
you'll find the house is empty and the swingset's fallen down


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Lonely Highway
  • 2 Long Vermont Roads
  • 3 Born on a Train
  • 4 I Have the Moon
  • 5 Two Characters in Search of a Country Song
  • 6 Crowd of Drifters
  • 7 Fear of Trains
  • 8 When the Open Road Is Closing In
  • 9 Sunset City
  • 10 Dust Bowl