Unprepared (A. Schmidt)

Back when we were finalizing the songs to go on our first EP, Brian and I had an idea for an alternate version of “Driver’s Death” that would run about twenty minutes. The narration part would go much longer and explain in greater detail what happened to the two teenagers and how their families and the town as a whole reacted to their loss... but, you know, in a funny way. We came up with a few ideas, laughed at the absurdity, and never ended up writing or recording it.

So then, years later, we decided to write one song each for a spur-of-the-moment EP. I decided to finally tackle the idea of bringing an extended storyline to “Driver’s Death.” However, I ended up hanging out with Chris and KI(SUX) that night (see Chris’ song), and engaged in some recreational activities (by which I mean board games!) and wasn’t able to write anything that night. So that morning, having very little time before we went off to record, I wrote an alternate version of “Driver’s Death” that was more focused on the two teenagers, matching the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the original.

Of course, it should be noted that in the original “Driver’s Death,” the two teenagers notice the voice of the narrator (presumably the “character” Brian is portraying) before they start to crash their car. I didn’t have a lot of time to think this through, okay? If it makes you feel any better, you don’t have to consider this addition “canon” within the “Driver’s Death” fictional universe.

We've been through so much together
We shouldn't have driven in this weather
We start to lose all control
Run into a telephone pole

And so it's come to pass
What we never learned in class
As our souls start to make their way
I begin to hear a voice start to say
How tragic this is

And as the voice continues to speak
He reflect, what does it all mean?
Hey, was he using methamphetamine?