Jo's Tires

Jo's Tires

 

Well, I never held a job.

No, I never saw that light.

I figure this is all you get, so you’d better get it right.

 

And I knew a girl named Jo,

and she gave me her car.

She said, “Drive baby, drive baby,

though you’re already far, far away.”

 

I’m a real 

a real live wire

these are Jo’s tires

 

I used to be wrong with my Dad.

It was like we were on trial.

Now, we’re just all right; things have changed as they tend to after a while.

 

I could think of you as Jo,

with the sun in her eyes.

I’d say, “Jo are you lonely?”

You’d just smile and stretch and sigh.

 

I’m a real 

a real live wire

these are Jo’s tires

 

I used to think ill of my lovers if they had left me behind.

But I saw you yesterday; I think everything will be all right.

I could think of you as Jo,

as with the moon in your hair,

crying, “Why baby, why baby, what did you not find here?”

 

I’m a real 

a real live wire

these are Jo’s tires

 

I’m a real, real, real, real, real

a real live wire

These are Jo’s tires

 

I never held a job.

No, I never saw that light.

I figure this is all you get, so you’d better get it right.

 

(Life Underwater Music,  2000)

 

James O'Brien