"Always Crashing in the Same Car" as written by and David Bowie....
Every chance, every chance that I take
I take it on the road
Those kilometers and the red lights
I was always looking left and right
Oh, but I'm
Always crashing in the same car

Jasmine, I saw you peeping
As I pushed my foot down to the floor
I was going 'round and 'round
The hotel garage
Must have been touching close to 94
Oh, but I'm
Always crashing in the same car


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"Always Crashing in the Same Car" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentTo poster #2, jimmymike -- who told you Bowie ever had an opiate habit??

    Bowie was a coke head, not an opiate user -- that's why his memory is fried, as he attests. Opiates don't do that, period.

    Lots of coke and paranoia when he was making Low. That was the defining characteristic of the sessions for Bowie: Bowie being in a state that prevents him from remembering anything about the sessions, except why he can't remember them.

    So, if it's about drugs, it's definitely about coke. And it'd be hard, I think, for a man as intelligent as Bowie to sing these lyrics, about driving in circles at high *speeds* and *crashing* without thinking on his coke use, regardless what the initial meaning was. It's pretty clearly coke, though.

    BTW, there's a really great video clip that VH1 showed in a Behind the Music or whatever that shows Bowie clearly all coked up in the late 1970's (i.e. the period of Low, which has this song) and being driven around in a car -- he's looking all around, like he's paranoid, and his face is just so coked out.

    It's also just a very striking lyric inasmuch as the image of repeatedly crashing in the same car is beautifully "existential". It really is all over the place, this album. I like it, too, but why is it that more critics put this as Bowie's greatest than any other album? It's very good, but it's also, like I said, all over the place, coked out, and whatnot. It's beautiful, but I'm surprised there's such consensus on it! And it's the peak of his "Berlin" period.

    Funny, too, how the critics are the same way about Lou Reed's "Berlin" album. (He went all the way and just named it Berlin!) And, Berlin is actually not just an outgrowth of coked out craziness, but is, as I remember it, explicitly a concept album about a coked out chick. Or, that's some of the songs, at least.

    And Low was not made about a "previous" period of drug use. Low was made while Bowie in the middle of his period of using cocaine most heavily -- it was the late 1970's and he was a rock star! Can't you hear the scatterbrained, verging on drug induced manic psychosis, misery of using too much coke, the feeling that comes long after the high and somewhere before the physical crash?

    That's Low -- that and a myriad of beautiful and weird soundscapes, digital-flesh tearing synthesizer screeches and beep-boops, and Bowie's bleached white voice as otherworldly and thin-souled as it gets.
    just12on February 23, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think the title refers to inevitability. No matter what he does, it keeps happening, he keeps falling back into addiction/whatever, he just keeps crashing in the same car over and over and over again.
    Crane42on September 12, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBowie explained at the 2000 BBC gig which I was lucky to be invited to, that this song was quite literal - he was so out of it and paranoid that he drove round and round pretty much as he described in this song, crashing into the same car again and again. I think the driver pissed him off, or something.

    Sure, it also seems to be about the recklessness of cocaine addiction as well. But it is still a masterpiece. It was great to hear it again, live.
    nalexon April 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhoa, First to comment. Imo, this is the best song in the album. The production is so brilliant and different than the other songs. Just pops out of nowhere and it feels so liberating (How lame can I be?).

    Not much to say about the lyrics though. Guessing it's about self-destruction. That's all there's to it.
    Stamehadon September 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt looks as if he's talking about his heroin addiction ("Those kilo(meters)"), his sexual exploits ("and the red lights"), the paranoia he eventually - albiet momentarily - succumbed to ("I was looking left and right"), and commenting that while he wanted to stop, he was always "crashing in the same car", or repeating his mistakes (further strengthened by "I was going round and round the hotel garage").
    jimmymikeon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song could be about suicide. Getting intoxicated and driving round and round in a hotel garage, then coco or someone coming to save him. Also a metaphor for life and always going back and making the same mistakes.
    k_kintanoon August 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was thinking along the same lines as jimmymike-- making the same mistakes over and over again, whether they're having to do with drugs, or sex (probably both), or whatever. It's hard to learn from your mistakes sometimes, and it's a bit depressing when you can't.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, it seems to be about a promiscuous guy and one special relationship in his life. It's like, he does whathever he wants, experiments, does what is bad for him, trying to feel the new high, but there is only one person that makes him feel something (pain i suppose).
    placebo981on January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe extensive use of cut-up technique on both Low and 'Heroes', makes interpretation difficult.
    milkshockon June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOr maybe he is just crashing in the same car over and over again. Maybe he's just a bad driver.
    dirtyjewon July 22, 2006   Link

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