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Running on Fumes
Running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Nothing in the tank, nothing in the bank, everybody's running on fumes
Running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
If you don't come around in the next ten minutes, everybody's running on fumes
Existential threats pile up like mashed potato snow around my door

They say that fear's a man's best friend and every day it seems that I have more
I'm gonna throw a party and I'm gonna take requests
Send out invitations to the people I detest
They've been dying for some entertainment, you know the rest

Because we're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Lemmy and Bowie and Prince all gone, everybody's running on fumes
Make your own entertainment, that's what you're gonna have to do
Make your own entertainment, while you slowly come to understand your stupid dreams aren't coming true
We're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Hermann Hesse, Mackie Messer, everybody's running on fumes
When I said we could be ghosts, I didn't mean for you to disappear on me
Well I hope you're feeling better, hope your life is all you wanted it to be
But I don't know what I should do with all this stuff you bought
And I can't understand how all we had just came to naught
You can color me distracted, you can color me distraught

Cause we're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
People like us can't have nice things
Everybody's running on fumes
No escalators, no dumbwaiters, fuck this shit, I'll see you later
Vintage Burmese dinner gong rings out all down the wing

Tiny cans of Coke for free, is that what you chose over me
Companionship, security, I just can't take this seriously
Any moment now somebody's going to say toxic, that's for sure
Yes cause people love to talk that way, and people only ever make me bored
Now I'm squirming like a salmon that's been landed by a bear
I didn't see it coming and I didn't see you care
Is there anything as cheap as chasing profit from despair

We're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Light up that gaslight, lift that broom

Everybody's running on fumes
Running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
There's a bloody great elephant in this room
Everybody's running on fumes
Everybody's running, the futility is stunning
Everybody's running on fumes

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2021 3 (Pat Solo)
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mashed potato snow
Whoops. Mashed potato snow is from Walk With the Devil, obviously, not Baltic. But Baltic is a very snowy song.
Carol in Lansing 23Jan2022 1:56 AM
References
"Mashed potato snow" goes back to Pat's own song Baltic.
"They say that fear's a man's best friend" references John Cale's song Fear.
"When I said we could be ghosts" goes back to Pat's song Ghosts...any others?
Carol in Lansing 19Jan2022 9:31 PM
Took a stab at it
Running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Nothing in the tank, nothing in the bank, everybody's running on fumes
Running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
If you don't come around in the next ten minutes, everybody's running on fumes
Existential threats pile up like mashed potato snow around my door
They say that fear's a man's best friend and every day it seems that I have more
I'm gonna throw a party and I'm gonna take requests
Send out invitations to the people I detest
They've been dying for some entertainment, you know the rest
Because we're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Lemmy and Bowie and Prince all gone, everybody's running on fumes
Make your own entertainment, that's what you're gonna have to do
Make your own entertainment, while you slowly come to understand your stupid dreams aren't coming true
We're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Hermann Hesse, Mackie Messer, everybody's running on fumes
When I said we could be ghosts, I didn't mean for you to disappear on me
Well I hope you're feeling better, hope your life is all you wanted it to be
But I don't know what I should do with all this stuff you bought
And I can't understand how all we had just came to naught
You can color me distracted, you can color me distraught
Cause we're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
People like us can't have nice things
Everybody's running on fumes
No escalators, no dumbwaiters, fuck this shit, I'll see you later
Vintage Burmese dinner gong rings out all down the wing
Tiny cans of Coke for free, is that what you chose over me
Companionship, security, I just can't take this seriously
Any moment now somebody's going to say toxic, that's for sure
Yes cause people love to talk that way, and people only ever make me bored
Now I'm squirming like a salmon that's been landed by a bear
I didn't see it coming and I didn't see you care
Is there anything as cheap as chasing profit from despair
We're running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
Light up that gaslight, lift that broom
Everybody's running on fumes
Running on fumes, running on fumes, everybody's running on fumes
There's a bloody great elephant in this room
Everybody's running on fumes
Everybody's running, the futility is stunning
Everybody's running on fumes
Carol in Lansing 11Jan2022 4:26 PM
Bloody great
One more elephant for the road.
Carol in Lansing 7Jan2022 9:35 PM