Bumper Cars

Lyrics

A beautiful sunny day started out like any other 
Driving down the street in his rusty old clunker, 
“Can I make it there?” he wondered 
The big promotion was his for the taking 
He could finally see to the top 
This is the day when he needed to get there the most 

You can't give up 
You can't give in 
If you’re meant to be 
on the road that you're on, 
then you’re bound to win 

No, you can't give up 
You can't give in 
Take your time, slow down 
See life through to the end 

Well she sits and she thinks 
“I’m so glad I'm on this road, 
I have no idea where I’m going 
but I have room to be bold.” 
And sweeping by all of the slow ones, 
the busses and the tractors 
All that's left is the open road 
And all she can do, is go faster 


Oh, that last left turn 
was a time to forget 
But you’ll always remember 
And always regret 
never before has something bad 
been so good 
Both cars in pieces 
And as you stand to the side 
It could have been worse 
You're still living life

Lyrics- Brady, Caroline, Skyler at Grizzell Middle School  Music- Andrew Graham  Recorded and mixed by Andrew Graham  Additional recording by Josh Landis at Old Son Studios  Released on Momentum, April 2012  Radio Premier: April 2012

Lyrics- Brady, Caroline, Skyler at Grizzell Middle School 
Music- Andrew Graham 
Recorded and mixed by Andrew Graham 
Additional recording by Josh Landis at Old Son Studios 
Released on Momentum, April 2012 
Radio Premier: April 2012

Behind The Music

When Brady, Caroline, and Skyler teamed up with Andrew Graham to write a song with The Dick & Jane Project, they quickly settled on the topic of a journey through the lens of a car trip. Andrew showed them some classic road songs and offered lyrical pointers. As Brady puts it, they got right to work. “ We wrote, like, seven or eight verses. Then one day we cut them up…the old fashioned way…into two line couplets.” Caroline adds,” If we didn’t like a verse we would talk about it and choose a better word. Brady actually started the brainstorm for the chorus.” Caroline, forever the team’s optimist, even admits the team employed a songwriting technique few students would dare admit. “ We gave ourselves homework”. Over the next few weeks the song took shape, with online criticism from Andrew. When the team listened to the final version, Caroline explained how she felt. “ I got goosebumps listening to something I wrote…It was a really neat experience.”