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Pretty Angry
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

I wish I drank tequila
I wish I stayed up late
But lately when the Sandman comes
You know I just can't wait
No, lately I can't wait

And we packed up all your boxes
It's all been hauled away
I never stare at walls so bare
'Cause something always stays
Yeah something of you stays

And I wanna shout from my guitar
Come out, come out wherever you are
The joke is over, open your eyes
A heart like yours, it never dies
And I found your keys behind your chair
I still can see you sitting there
This isn't funny; don't fool around
You let me go... you let me down

And I guess I'm still pretty angry
And I don't want to be
I don't know which was the bigger waste of time
Missing you or wishing, instead, it was me

I wish I walked on water
Pulling rabbits from my sleeve
Guessing cards and saving everyone
I wish I still believed
Oh I wish that I believed

That I could also channel voices
That I've endured the burning blade
That I could make some of your choices
I wish I weren't afraid
Of those choices that you've made

Like I could give you what you need
So ollie ollie oxen free
The game is up and I give in
So show yourself so that you can win
Come claim your prize and I don't care
I still can see you standing there
How could you leave, how could you lie?
You cut me off in mid-reply
Run all your races
And be what you're gonna be
And let some of us love you
And set thy anger free

And I guess I'm still pretty angry
And I don't want to be
I don't know which was the bigger waste of time
Missing you or wishing instead it was me

The will to win, the urge to race
I still can see it on your face
Thought I'd keep up but only crashed
I wasn't built to move that fast

Thought I could match you stride for stride
But I was on the other side
And holding onto the safety rail
With knuckles white, complexion pale
A cloud of dust and you were gone
Thought I would catch you later on
I limped behind, your race was won
But were you racing or on the run?
How you enjoyed, you loved to drive
And I'm destroyed... 'cause I'm alive
Run all your races
And be what you're gonna be
And let some of us love you
And set thy anger free

Control my contradictions
And allow that my labors thrive
And grant me please the answer
I don't know why I'm still...

In the beginning there was you and me
I would have brushed my world aside
Rather than say goodbye
I would have brushed my world aside
I don't know why I'm still...

And I guess I'm still pretty angry
And I don't want to be
I don't know which was the bigger waste of time
Missing you or wishing, instead, it was me

And I guess I'm still pretty angry
And I don't want to be
I don't know which was the bigger waste of time
Missing you...

2001 Blues Traveler Publishing Corporation

First release: Bridge
Released: 05/08/2001
Earliest time played: 07/04/2000
Last time played: 08/21/2003
Playing frequency:
  37 plays (see all shows)
  1.99% of shows in the database
  4.05% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  This song is an open letter to Bobby Sheehan after his death in August of 1999. It is dedicated to his brother, Jonny, on Bridge.



the Sandman
A character in nursery rhymes and folklore who makes children go to sleep by sprinkling sand in their eyes (which makes the children rub them). He appears in the story of Hansel and Gretel as well as the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen (see "Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream-God").
Come out, come out wherever you are
The common call at the end of a game of hide-and-seek, inviting those who have not been found to reveal themselves.
walked on water
A reference to the Bible, in the book of John, chapter 6 verses 16-19: "When it was evening, his disciples went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid." These days, someone who is said to "walk on water" is one who can perform miracles.
Pulling rabbits from my sleeve
Several common tricks for magicians to perform are pulling rabbits out of hats and various other things from their sleeves. These two combine to form this line, and continue from the previous.
channel voices
A possible reference to Joan of Arc and the channeling of spirits speaking through a person.
burning blade
In Norse mythology, a symbol of the end of the world. According to legend, the area where the world now exists was a void before; on one side was a land of smoke (Muspellheim) and fire and on the other side a land of ice and snow (Niflheim). The heat from one side caused the ice on the other to melt and spill into the middle, creating the first life. At the end of the world, Surt, the guardian of Muspellheim will come forth with his burning sword and light the world on fire. See Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" for another musical treatment of Norse myth.
ollie ollie oxen free
An alternate form of "come out, come out, wherever you are", derived most likely from "all outs in free", or "everyone who's still out there can come in free". See Random House's Word of the Day for more explanation. Another version is from the German phrase "alle, alle, alle sind frei" ("all are free").
Run all your races
See the identical line in "Price to Pay".
Thought I'd keep up but only crashed/ I wasn't built to move that fast

In Blues Traveler's episode of "Behind the Music", John has a part of the interview where he mentions that it seemed at times like he and Bobby were in a race to see who would kill each other first, such were their self-destructive tendencies. The first line may be a reference to John's actual crash - his motorcycle accident in October of 1992 - while the second may refer instead to his ever-increasing weight. The reference later on to "limping behind" may also stem from the crash imagery.

A cloud of dust and you were gone
When a cartoon character races far ahead of a competitor, they frequently leave behind a cloud of dust. A second meaning here could be that "cloud of dust" refers to the mental haze brought on by cocaine, a drug Bobby was busted for in 1998, in a foreshadowing to the habits that would eventually claim his life.