"Panama" as written by and Edward/van Halen Van Halen....
Jump back, what's that sound
Here she comes, full blast and top down
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Model citizen zero discipline

Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'l lose her in the turn
I'll get her!

[Chorus:]
Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama

Ain't nothin' like it, her shiny machine
Got the feel for the wheel, keep the moving parts clean
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Got an on-ramp comin' through my bedroom

Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'll lose her in the turn
I'll get her!

[Chorus]

Yeah, we're runnin' a little bit hot tonight
I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off of it
Ah, you reach down, between my legs
Ease the seat back

She's blinding, I'm flying
Right behind the rear-view mirror now
Got the feeling, power steering
Pistons popping, ain't no stopping now!

[Chorus]


Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21

"Panama" as written by Edward/van Halen Van Halen

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    General CommentI have to say that the lyric seems constructed in a similar fashion as Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot" was, relating a car to a woman, and sex. ^____^
    TheEndIsNearon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentihere daqvid lee roth said this song was about a stripper he knew in Detroit.
    amiliaon May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"...and that was 'Panama' by Van Halen. and now, 'Panama' by Van Halen!"


    Has anybody seen that Drew Carey episode?...yeah
    Napple_Snappleon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh my god I just realized how many lyrics I've misheard
    Boonechic_21on March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this was about street racing, betting the car on the result, "Don't you know she's coming home with me?" meaning that he's going to get the other guy's car.
    Regos the Saneon April 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthanks for reminding me napple snapple, I was always wondering what song it was in the Drew Carey episode!
    sandonhelmon April 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha, napple snapple is a douche....douche
    NaziRacist666on May 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRoth said nothing about a stripper. He wrote the lyrics after a day at the drag races, where he'd seen a car named the Panama Express. During the middle part of the song where Dave says "I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off..." you can hear Eddie revving his Lamborghini in the background, which was backed up to the studio. Microphones were then attached to the exhaust pipes. The band then recorded the sound of the engine revving.
    NachoSupreme17on June 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMan David Lee Roth Van Halen is so cool. Such a great band, the music was so fun. You can just tell these guys had fun making that music, it just comes through the speakers.
    bakismakion November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOh man that Drew Carey episode was hilarious. It's too bad the Drew Carey Show never really was that popular, I think it's one of the funniest shows ever.
    almaniac27on March 21, 2005   Link

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