Schrödinger’s car

One night the car ahead of us in our lane moved into the exit-only lane, then back into our lane, then back into the exit-only lane. It seemed to want to be in both lanes simultaneously, and the phrase “Schrödinger’s Car” came to mind[1]. The next day I posted these lyrics.

Charlie recorded it, and then Major Zed recorded “Schrödinger’s Car (Relative State version)” based on a thorough rewrite of the lyrics.

Saw a Buick Riviera, drivin’ late last night
I saw a Buick Riviera, drivin’ late last night
He was in the left lane and at the same time in the right

He was drivin’ in the fast lane, and he was also in the slow
Said he was drivin’ in the fast lane, and he was also in the slow
Passed himself a couple times, how he did it I don’t know

Goin’ uphill was a dump truck, you could hear the gear box grind
Goin’ uphill was a dump truck, you could hear the gear box grind
That Buick passed it on the left, and on the right at the same time

Well I finally reached my exit ’bout the break of dawn
Yeah I finally reached my exit about the break of dawn
That Buick took that exit but he also drove right on

I asked my good friend Erwin, tell me how can this be
I asked my good friend Erwin, please tell me how can this be
Erwin just laughed and told me, son it’s no mystery

You must have been driving on old State Route 89
He said, you must have been driving on old State Route 89
That road’s just half an angstrom wide, stuff like that happens all the time

[1] Though I came up with this phrase independently, I am of course not the first to do so; there’s even a poem by this name: http://web.archive.org/web/20070218223601/http://www.thylazine.org/thyla11/ptcd.html


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