International Small Arms Traffic Blues






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International Small Arms Traffic Blues is the 10th song on the album Tallahassee. It was performed by Tiger Waves in Tallahassee Turns Ten. The song is featured on Showtime series Weeds.


My love is like a powder keg
My love is like a powder keg in the corner of an empty warehouse
Somewhere just outside of town
About to burn down

My love is like a Cuban plane
My love is like a Cuban plane flying from Havana
Up the Florida coast to the 'Glades
Soviet made

Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania
Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania
Trucks loaded down with weapons
Crossing over every night
Moon yellow and bright
There is a shortage in the blood supply
But there is no shortage of blood
The way I feel about you baby can't explain it
You got the best of my love

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This is a love song. The people in it are poor at their job, which is to love each other. They're doing the best they can, but I personally don't feel that they should be afforded any particular, you know, merit badges for that. 'I was doing the best I could'? That really doesn't hold a lot of water in a house like theirs. At the same time, as soon as I say that, I feel bad, because I know they're not going to make it to the end of this marriage and so I feel bad about that. What can you do?" -- 2005-05-05 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • The last 2 lines are a reference to the song Best of My Love by The Emotions.[1] The second last line is a lyric from the song, and the last line is the name of the song.

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