Sheryl Crow isn’t from Portland. Nor is her song “Crash and Burn” about Portland. It’s about leaving Portland, in fact. But we just think it’s a metaphor about leaving somewhere else to go to L.A., but she started the song’s journey in Portland because, after all, we do have the best sunrises and sunsets.
It’s a beautiful song. Have a listen.
“I watched the sun come up on Portland”
Crash and Burn
Lyrics / video
I waved goodbye to all my friends
I packed my car and headed to LA
I gave away all my loose ends
Somebody said you gotta get away.
To want to go back home again.
I left my universe standing there
Holding the hand of my best friend
And it’s laughter that I feel when I think of you
It’s one more dusty rose about to turn.
If I’m in the mood to crash and burn.
I rehearsed a dialogue in my head
In case you ever wanted to track me down
I’ll take my cell phone to bed.
when I close my eyes
And it’s one more punchline I forgot to learn
I’ll call you when I reach Mexico.
I’m in the mood to crash and burn.
And let a mack truck leave her there for dead.
Just because her lover split the scene
Well love might be great
but why lose your head.
And my heart might break again before it learns
And I might be stupid enough
to want to fall again.’Cause I’ve gotten use to the crash and burn.
Songwriters: Sheryl Crow / Jeff Trott
Video credit: wcsu1997