"Getaway Car" as written by Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello....
The first time I saw you
You were chasing down
A cyclone
All alone in a field
With rail yards and clovers
I kept rolling on and never thought
You'd wind up chasing me

Well settle down I won't hesitate
To hit the highway
Before you lay me to waste
Settle up and I'll help you find
Something to drive
Before you drive me insane

You're tired of walking and you
Loathe the ground
The sidewalk will barely
Touch your feet and life moves
Too slowly to hold you down
With ringing hands
You take it out on me

Well settle down I won't hesitate
To hit the highway
Before you lay me to waste
Settle up and I'll help you find
Something to drive
Before you drive me insane

Get yourself a car and drive it all alone
Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind
Get yourself a car and drive it all alone
Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind

Well settle down I won't hesitate
To hit the highway
Before you lay me to waste
Settle up and I'll help you find
Something to drive
Before you drive me insane

Get yourself a car and drive it all alone
Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind
Get yourself a car and drive it all alone
Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind


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"Getaway Car" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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  • +1
    General CommentI think it's more about telling somebody that they need to spend some time by themself, all alone, before they get in to a relationship.

    It's about hoping someone will learn to love themself for who they are, and to do that they need to spend some time alone. Just like when you're driving in the car all by yourself, your the only person you have to talk to, even though you're surrounded by other people.

    And he wants to help this person become more self respecting.
    magicmanx9on December 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst of all, it's about an engaged girl ("With ring in hand you take it out on me") who has a big problem that is mentally disturbing her (problems w/her fiancé or behavioral issues)... The car can represents a peaceful mental state OR some kind of drug that can "ease" the pain for a while. The guy can be an ex-boyfriend or just a friend who's in love w/the girl or consumes the drug... maybe she's a has a boderline personality disorder, those ppl manipulate and tend to absorb the other and drive them nuts :P~
    Roxcon May 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song, It has kinda a blues feel to it.
    And
    I think its:
    The sidewalk barely touched your feet
    Live moves to slowly to hold you down
    Instead of:
    the sideway belly touched your feet
    black moons to slowly to hold you down
    EcstasyInAgonyon July 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about when someone, possibly someone who loves you, is pressuring about something and you just want them to back the hell off. "Settle down... I wont hesitate to hit the highway" and "Get yourself a car... and drive it all alone" Its a great song, one of my favorite Audioslave songs.
    on July 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song, makes me depressed for some reason
    LilbeeDawgon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot of Audioslave songs have this theme.. If anything it reminds me of the same situation in "i am the highway"... He is with someone who doesnt treat him like an equal.. Or someone is playing with his head, trying to get sympathy, using him dry.. And he is stating that he will leave, if she doesnt change her attitude..
    Incubus_4679on May 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite on the cd. i love the chorus of this song. i never noticed it, but it does have a bluesy feeling...
    fallonmarie813on October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti will never forget walking through the rain and listening to this song on my mp3 player . . . sounds like a really corny scene from a shitty movie but it really was a moment from my life. a great song for rainy days.
    thatredhotsongon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's all about having that secret garden, that special place or possesion that you have only for yourself - 'get yourself a car, ride it all alone' - and this way, you can 'settle down' and think over what is important to you by listening to yourself... blocking out others in your 'car'.

    He also says something like, i'm not afraid to hit the highway and i think this is because he knows already who he is and what is important to him and doesn't need to have people around him cuz everything he is is in his car.

    'I'll help you find something to drive BEFORE YOU DRIVE ME INSANE' is basically helping another dude to find his passion and who he is becuase... people who don't know themselves are quite... well, i can't find the word but it's definetely not pleasant.

    One more point: That guy from AudioSlave is incredibly hot and I heard that the lead guitarist is a harvard graduate! That's so intense... *sigh*
    --NDP--on February 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah...that incredibly hot guy from Audioslave is Chris Cornell he sang in a little band called SOUNDGARDEN. That lead guitarist or only guitarist is Harvard educated and also played in a little band called RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.
    TheNooseon March 09, 2005   Link

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