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we can drive it home
|Single by The Wallflowers|
|from the album Bringing Down the Horse|
|B-side||"6th Avenue Heartache" (Acoustic)
"Angel on My Bike"
|Released||February 24, 1997|
|Format||CD, 7" vinyl|
|Genre||Alternative rock, roots rock|
|Length||5:13 (Album Version)
4:38 (Single Version)
|The Wallflowers singles chronology|
"One Headlight" is a rock song performed by American recording band The Wallflowers. The song was written by lead singer Jakob Dylan, and produced by T-Bone Burnett. It was released on February 24, 1997 via Interscope Records, as the second single from the bands' 1996 album, Bringing Down the Horse. In 2000, the song was listed at #58 on Rolling Stone and MTVs list of "100 Greatest Pop Songs of All Time".
The lyrics tell a fragmentary story about a former friend and her death, and the singer's emotions in the aftermath. The use of strong words and images and the incomplete story have resulted in many different interpretations of the song, which include suicide, drug abuse, death of a lover, death of one's mother, having breast cancer and/or depression.
Jakob Dylan, the lead singer and songwriter of The Wallflowers, has said that the song is about "the death of ideas" and that the many metaphors and images in the lyrics were not meant to be taken literally. Dylan explains that he and the band had very little support when they were putting together the record, hence the shout-out "c'mon try a little." The last two lines of the chorus "we can drive it home / with one headlight" are a reference to how the band were able to get through with their ideas despite being hindered (i.e. with one headlight) by the lack of support.