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Make My Way
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

When you roll down your window
And ask for directions
Can you count on the answers
That you would receive
If you've ever been taken
By that passed along pay back
Why ask in the first place you might not believe
But I won't be confined to road maps
Or let assholes decide
And I'd rather be lost
Then afraid to take a ride

And if it's a sin
No place on earth will I ever fit in
And I don't mind
Someday I pray I just may
As I make my way

Well I might have been helpful
Or a mischievous bastard
But when I'm thinking about it
I do what I can
In the infinite halfway
Where everyone always meets me
And by the laws of pure error
Do we exchange and understand
I'm yelling as loudly
As my lungs will allow
I wish I could whisper
Can you hear me now

And if it's a sin
No place on earth will I ever fit in
And I don't mind
Someday I pray I just may
As I make my way

Could be no one has the meaning
Of what anybody says
But so we don't feel so lonely
We decide that we do
Well now we might be speaking English
But what does that mean
And can you honestly tell me
What color is blue
Well you could try an explanation
Or try to wonder why
But if I'm lost in your driveway
All I really can do is try

And if it's a sin
No place on earth will I ever fit in
And I don't mind
I've looked and searched her over countless times
And I'll do it again
Someday I may finally want to stay
Someday I pray I just may
As I make my way
As I make my way
As I make my way...

1997 Blues Traveler Publishing Corporation

First release: Straight On Till Morning
Released: 07/01/1997
Earliest time played: 07/10/1997
Last time played: 08/01/2006
Playing frequency:
  23 plays (see all shows)
  1.24% of shows in the database
  2.05% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  This is the first song that Blues Traveler had never played before releasing it on an album.
  This song won the Chant Poll in 2006; it was brought back on 07/04/2006 after an eight-year absence.

Other recordings of "Make My Way":
  Straight On Till Morning studio cuts, 1997


infinite halfway
There are two possible meanings to this, not necessarily mutually exclusive. The first is a potential reference to Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (as mentioned in "Just Wait") - "It is better to travel than arrive". If this is indeed the narrator's belief - and given the traveling nature of the band, it's quite possible - then he will always be moving, constantly meeting people on his way to wherever he's going. And if, as quoted in "Decision of the Skies", the person traveling is "Devoid of any destination", then this travel will be infinite, and the meeting at an arbitrary halfway point.

The second possible reference is to one of math's famous paradoxes. Proposed by Zeno of Elea, a 5th-century BC philosopher, it basically states that a runner can never reach the end of a course in a finite time, because first he must reach the halfway point. After that, there is another halfway point in the distance he has left, which he must also reach. Since these distances can be divided into an infinite number of halves, the runner will never truly reach the end.