Pave Paradise, Put Up A Parking Lot

We all know how it feels to try to navigate the parking lot before and after school. It’s frustrating and scary; the only way to express it is in song. I compiled a slightly dramatic Spotify playlist for you to rock out to while you attempt to traverse the blacktop.

“Big Yellow Taxi” by Counting Crows

Part of the Song that Resonates: Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Reason: Okay, yes this is general and it was already a parking lot before, but you get what I’m getting at. We didn’t know how good we had it, fitting everyone in the lot, without having to walk across the track when you get to school even just a little bit late. Every time I park on Meridian, this song comes to mind.

“Fix You” by Coldplay

Part of the Song that Resonates: When you try your best, but you don’t succeed. When you get what you want, but not what you need. When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep. Stuck in reverse and the tears come streaming down your face. When you lose something you can’t replace.

Reason:  “When you get what you want, but not what you need.” This is the lyric we are really looking at here. Parking in the difficult middle section of the lot, you all know what I’m talking about, you’re happy to have a spot, but it’s not really the spot you want.

“Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” by Fergie

Part of the Song that Resonates: And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket, but I’ve got to get a move on with my life.

It’s time to be a big girl now and big girls don’t cry. Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry.

Reason: Picture this: it’s a pull through spot, in the shade, near the exit and entrance at the same time! It’s the dream spot.This song represents how it feels to leave your dream spot at lunch time.

“Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray

Part of the Song that Resonates: Everyone knows I’m in over my head, over my head.

Reason: This is the song that plays while trying to pull out on a busy day. Moms are picking up their children, kids are running and teachers are yelling. It’s chaos to say the least.

“Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts

Part of the Song that Resonates: There’s a world outside every darkened door, where blues won’t haunt you anymore, where brave are free and lovers soar. Come ride with me to the distant shore.

Reason: This is how it feels to be leaving the lot after school. The parking lot is hectic and getting out on the open road is a breath of fresh air. Just be careful and don’t take these lyrics seriously, the speed limit is still 20 and not the highway limit of 60.


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