From the album It All Falls Away

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Lyrics

BLACK CADILLAC

There’s a black Cadillac out by the barn
Circa nineteen-seventy-one
It’s old vinyl roof is blistering with heat
Tires rotting into the ground
A flag sits on the driver’s seat
Fading in the sun
The mice have made it home
It’s got nowhere left to go
What does it matter now that Danny’s gone?
What does it matter now that Danny’s gone?


He got that old Caddy from Uncle Ron
One day he’d drive it into town
After his deployment he’d spark that engine
Wax the black to where it once was
He took the car keys with him
Some magic good-luck charm
But he never came home
The fields are overgrown
What does it matter now that Danny’s gone?
What does it matter now that Danny’s gone?

He always talked of freedom
Making Papa proud
Standing up for the forgotten farmers
Coming back and being college bound
But firefights and sand storms
Took him by surprise
Standing shoulder to shoulder with those his own age
Nothing left in their eyes
The bomb went off at sunrise
Hidden far too well
Steel dog tags and Cadillac keys
Jangling as he fell

The black Cadillac was the first thing they saw
Coming home from the funeral
Mamma held tight to that fresh-folded flag
The last thing that Danny wore
She walked across the pasture
Stopped next to that car
She dropped the flag through the rolled down window
What does it matter now that Danny’s gone?
Nothing matters now that Danny’s gone.
Danny’s gone
What does it matter now that Danny’s gone?
Why should it matter now that Danny’s gone?
No nothing matters now that Danny’s gone.