Artist: Dishwalla

Counting Blue Cars ~ Dishwalla

dishwallaDishwalla is an American alternative rock band. The band’s name comes from an Hindi term for a person providing cable television to a neighborhood. In a Vox interview, Rodney claimed the band took the name out of a Wired magazine article.

Dishwalla, which emerged out of the early stages of post-grunge, is composed of J.R. Richards (vocals), Scot Alexander (bass), Rodney Browning (guitar), Jim Wood (keyboards), and George Pendergast (drums). They spent the mid-’90s touring with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Blind Melon, and the Goo Goo Dolls in support of Pet Your Friends. Prior to making a second album, the band was caught in the middle of the Polygram/Universal merger and such a move left Dishwalla pondering what to do next. Their second album, “And You Think You Know What Life’s About”, was released in 1998; promotion and sales were lackluster due to label downsizing. Dishwalla’s time with A&M was short lived and exhausting because of such corporate behavior, but they stuck it out to contribute their cover version of “Policy of Truth” for the Depeche Mode tribute album “For the Masses”. By the new millennium, Dishwalla left behind major-market America for a third album. They signed with Immergent while Pendergrast left the band. Pete Maloney, a drummer picked up on the 1998 tour, resumed percussion duties. In 2002, Dishwalla appeared sound and sane, issuing the experimental third album “Opaline”. A self-titled album followed in 2005.

Counting Blue Cars

Counting Blue Cars” is a song by the alternative rock band Dishwalla that appears on their 1995 album Pet Your Friends. It was Dishwalla’s only hit song, making it onto the Billboard Hot 100 and the Top 40 in 1996. It is mostly about wanting to know about God’s ambitions and wanting to ensure one’s eternal destiny. The song is instantly recognizable by the line in the chorus, “Tell me all your thoughts on God (cause I’d really like to meet her).”

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Must of been mid afternoon
I could tell by how far the child’s shadow stretched out and
He walked with a purpose
In his sneakers, down the street
He had, many questions
Like children often do
He said,
Tell me all your thoughts on God?
Tell me am I very far?

Must of been late afternoon
On our way the sun broke free of the clouds
We count only blue cars
Skip the cracks, in the street
And ask many questions
Like children often do
We said,
Tell me all your thoughts on God?
‘Cause I would really like to meet her.
And ask her why we’re who we are.
Tell me all your thoughts on God,
Cause I am on my way to see her.
So tell me am I very far –
Am I very far now?

Its getting cold picked up the pace
How our shoes make hard noises in this place
Our clothes are stained
We pass many, cross eyed people
And ask many questions
Like children often do

Tell me all your thoughts on God?
‘Cause I would really like to meet her.
And ask her why we’re who we are.
Tell me all your thoughts on God?
‘Cause I am on my way to see her.
So tell me am I very far?
Am I very far now
Am I very far now
Am I very far now

  • Album from the 1995 album, Pet Your Friends:

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