Week # 18 – Falling Awake

We have all been in that moment where the endless road before us stretches out and starts its hypnotic grip on our eyelids. Cars are few and far between and our minds start drifting into thought, our body is relaxed, and the inevitable head nod begins.

It’s time to pull over.

Here are some quick ideas to keep you up when driving long distances.

1. Bring along an audio story
2. Chew Gum
3. Put your hand out the window (especially if the air is cold)
4. Crank up tunes you don’t like
5. Sit forward (compressing your lungs limits the euphoric sleep induced coma from too much oxygen in a relaxed state.
6. Change your seats position…then change it again when you get comfortable.
7. Some good things to chew on (sunflower seeds, ice chips,)
8. Coffee (of course caffeine doesnt work the same on everyone)
9. take a 15-30 min nap on the side of the road then start up again
10. play word games (even by yourself)
11. Slap yourself in the face (seriously..when it gets to this point…pull over)

Be as safe as you can behind the wheel for the sake of everyone on the road.

Shook his head a million times,
as he fought to stay between the faded lines,
His eyes kept on drifting, hard to keep liftin up

fingers on the radio, another coffee cup, a hundred miles to go,
his mind kept on sifting through the list of things keepin him up

Roll the window down, have a look around, turn the light on and breathe
another stick of gum, and you bite your tongue just to stop you from

CHORUS: SLEEPING…falling awake, while you
Reason…cant waste the day, so you Breathe In…
You fight till you break…, your tired and slipping, your falling awake

Sit and count the traffic signs, with your clouded eyes, as you talk to your self,
hard to break the hypnotizing, countryside,

Your head is heavy and it’s hard to keep it steady
when its so far past twelve
just a little bit further and you’ll make it alive

Roll the window down, have a look around, turn the light on and breathe
another stick of gum, and you bite your tongue just to stop you from

You slap your face, you change your pace,
you try and keep the faith, you fight to stay on the road

You set your mind, on auto drive, and let the passing lights,
come and lead you back home

And every single passing car, is like your beating heart
and then your left there alone.


About sevendaysongs

North Easton is not a household name. He hasn't won countless awards or invented a better lightbulb. He hasn't discovered a cure for a rare disease or raised millions of dollars for charity. North Easton is a songwriter, a storyteller, an artist who believes that passion and love for what you do is the most important gift anyone can give themselves. View all posts by sevendaysongs

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