The Traffic Song

by Barry On The Spot

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This song was written by Barry Mangione and his online audience during the live web show, Barry On The Spot. Each week the artist and the audience collaborate on a different topic to write a song in 30 minutes. For this show, the inspiration was "Traffic." Lyrical inspiration for this song was provided by Elsalee Jay Flynn, Melissa Boyer, Anthony Cardno, Greg Tosi, Chris Daniele, and Alan Ross. All proceeds from downloads of this song will be donated to Appalachia Service Project of Katonah, NY.

lyrics

Bumper to bumper, stuck in the daily grind
Caught up in traffic, wasting my time
Haven't read a book since I don't know when
But I know every bumper sticker like the back of my hand

I'm late for a meeting, my engine's overheating

Drive! Why are you moving so slow?
Drive! Don't you have somewhere to go?
Drive! Drive like you have to be somewhere today
Drive! I could have been there by now
Drive! Whatever it is, just go around
Drive! Why can't you get the hell out of my way?

Your hair & your lipstick, done by the rearview mirror
You can't do them both while you're trying to steer
Lost both my headlights when I ran into that deer
I'm gonna stop at the next bar I see, and get myself a beer

Road rage is growing, car horns are blowing

Drive! Why are you moving so slow?
Drive! Don't you have somewhere to go?
Drive! Drive like you have to be somewhere today
Drive! I could have been there by now
Drive! Whatever it is, just go around
Drive! Why can't you get the hell out of my way?

Your bright lights are shining right in my eyes
If you don't switch them to dim, I'll probably go blind
Your blinker's been on, and you're not turning off
It's been 54 miles! You're pissing me off!

Slowpokes in the left lane, giving me a migraine

Drive! Why are you moving so slow?
Drive! Don't you have somewhere to go?
Drive! Drive like you have to be somewhere today
Drive! I could have been there by now
Drive! Whatever it is, just go around
Drive! Why can't you get the hell out of my way?

I see your lips moving, through your tinted glass
Why don't you take that middle finger, and shove it up your ass?
You're texting and driving, swerving all over the place
If you don't put down that phone, I swear to God, I'll punch you right in the face

We can all get along if we just sing this song

Drive! Why are you moving so slow?
Drive! Don't you have somewhere to go?
Drive! Drive like you have to be somewhere today
Drive! I could have been there by now
Drive! Whatever it is, just go around
Drive! Why can't you get the hell out of my way?

credits

released 27 March 2015
Performed by Barry Mangione.
Background vocals provided by Elsalee Jay Flynn, John Flynn, Abby Flynn, and Greg Tosi.
Music by Barry Mangione.
Lyrics by Barry Mangione, Elsalee Jay Flynn, Melissa Boyer, Anthony Cardno, Greg Tosi, Chris Daniele, and Alan Ross.

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