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Title: Last Chance Texaco
Artist: Ricki Lee Jones
Fandom Caprica (episodes 1-13)
Characters Graystones
Warnings: Flashing lights, self harm, suicidal ideation
Format: DivX
Size: 49.1 MB

Summary: She’s not there


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Last Chance Texaco is a strange song. Powerful - it stays with you, stayed with me 30 years. It’s all essence of torch singer at the bitter end of a long and winding career but Jones was what 23? Probably younger when she wrote it and there’s something wrong about that. Maybe it is just a song about a car after all.

I had the idea for using it in a Caprica vid (woman = machine, I am nothing if not obvious) about two days before the festivid assignments came in and when Caprica was mine, I was very happy. Initially I could see Amanda all through the first verse and the lyrics for the second were very, very Daniel but I couldn’t see how to connect the two or end it until I read Sabaceanbabe’s letter asking for Zoe. Zoe, absence of Zoe, the missing piece. Zoe-Amanda, Zoe-Daniel, Daniel-Amanda. So that’s what I did.


A long stretch of headlights

Bends into I-9

Tiptoe into truck stops

And sleepy diesel eyes

Volcanoes rumble in the taxi

And glow in the dark

Camels in the driver's seat

A slow, easy mark

But you ran out of gas

Down the road a piece

Then the battery went dead

And now the cable won't reach...

It's your last chance

To check under the hood

Last chance

She ain't soundin' too good,

Your last chance

To trust the man with the star

You've found the last chance Texaco

Well, he tried to be Standard

He tried to be Mobil

He tried living in a world

And in a Shell


There was this block-busted blonde

He loved her - free parts and labor

But she broke down and died

And threw all the rods he gave her
But this one ain't fuel-injected

Her plug's disconnected

She gets scared and she stalls

She just needs a man, that's all

It's her last chance

Her timing's all wrong
Her last chance

She can't idle this long

Her last chance

Turn her over and go

Pullin' out of the last chance Texaco

The last chance

Date: 2011-02-05 05:57 pm (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
I thought this was just beautiful.

Date: 2011-02-06 03:58 am (UTC)
aquaeri: My nose is being washed by my cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] aquaeri
The youtube version is blocked on copyright grounds (at least here in Australia). I like how you've pulled out all the painful emotion in that family that the show itself mainly pointed at.

Date: 2011-10-30 07:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceciliaj
Hi! I have been having a hazelk vid binge day, and let me tell you, I love all your stuff so much. This one, in particular, made me miss Caprica. I loved that family! Anyway, your work is beautiful.

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