Song of the Week: “Pulaski” by Drive-By Truckers
The dream of escape, of leaving whatever I have going on currently for an unknown, but an imagined “better” unknown is always with me. And this narrative-driven song speaks to that. It’s the story of a girl, recently-graduated from college, leaving her hometown of Pulaski, Tennessee for the imagined better unknown of California. Of course, California does not fit what she imagined it to be, and it leaves her missing home. The last verse is a little unclear to me—I think the heroine might die “like a stray dog on a dirt road somewhere in Tennessee,” but I’m not sure. Not understanding how the narrative ends doesn’t matter to me because I’ve never much cared about endings. I picked up Go-Go Boots, the album this song appears on, before a road trip to Nashville, and it was perfect to drive along and sing with. And the song has been stuck in my head ever since.
Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009) and several chapbooks, including the forthcoming False Spring from Spooky Girlfriend Press. She lives in Atlanta, GA.
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