"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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    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 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
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    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
  • +1
    General CommentI just discovered this song. I never really went passed Track 8, I was too in love with the first half of the CD, lol.
    blueflamedroseon June 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst verse: One intense girl who really doesn't know what she wants and a humble guy who is essentially in a good place as far as knowing what he wants and where is is at.:
    The first time I saw you you were chasin' down
    A cyclone all alone in the field
    With railyards and clovers, I kept rollin' on
    Never thought you'd wind up chasin' me

    Second verse:
    The gal is obviously a fast mover and all over the place once he gets to know her. Taking her issues out on her new love.:
    You're tired of walkin'
    And you loathe the ground
    The sidewalk will barely touch your feet
    Life moves too slowly to hold you down
    With ring in hand you take it out on me

    In the chorus and final verse we see where this has gone, she's playing tug of war or something like that with his emotions and making him fucking nuts(he must know my ex-wife:}), hence:
    And ride it on the wind
    Settle down
    I won't hesitate
    To hit the highway
    Before you lay me to waste no
    Saddle up and I'll help you find something to drive
    Before you drive me insane

    By the end we realize that while he has feelings for her still and would like to see her find some sort of balance, he cannot continue to be her crutch, or whatever other metaphor you choose to use and if that balance is not found.....He's out!!!
    Typical codependant type stuff.

    You could almost also look at the end as if he was her ride and he cannot carry her load anymore and would be willing to find her someone else to carry that load i.e. another dumb ass who at first ids more interested in a hot piece of tail than what is actually inside the package after fully opening it up.


    That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
    NTFDAWYon July 12, 2007   Link
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    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
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    General CommentI've been listening to this song for the past few weeks and it really hit home. The past few years have been tough on me, someone that was and still is extremely important to me broke my heart. This was someone i truly loved selflessly and I think that love was taken for granted, and now it is realized by the person that caused the anguish in my life. While she is trying her best to right the wrong that was done to me, although the damage that it caused still stays with me.

    Aside from my rambling above, this song makes me realize exactly how I feel about any future prospects of a relationship, or much less instilling the trust and faith I put in a person. I just feel like after what I've been through I'm so skeptical about putting that trust into someone else.

    Where I can relate to the song when Cornell sings " we'll settle down I won't hesitate to hit the highway , before you lay me to waste"

    To me this just feels like how if I move on to another person, I will be less trusting of their intentions, and if I was to get the red flags like I did in the previous relationship that i had put everything into, I would just "hit the highway, before I let her lay me to waste."

    I would rather run from the prospective variable of being hurt again, by another person. So just being alone (before I let someone drive me insane) would be better than the heartbreak that I've endured before.

    Deep down it breaks my heart feeling like I would not give someone else the love I gave to the person that felt like destroyed me. It's completely unfair to the person that would genuinely try to give me that love that I gave to someone else. But being broken by someone seems to make me think that.

    I truly hope I can instill that trust back into that person, or another person for my own sanity. As one of the other comments on this song had said about how it could be about someone that isn't 100% sure that they know what they want so they just try and be with someone for convenience. If you're trying to be with someone that truly expressed the want to be with you, they should have those feelings reciprocated. In other words don't just be with someone for convenience, be there for that person because you want to be.

    We only live one life and you have to do the most to ensure your happiness , because being happy for yourself will only synergize into a relationship and make both people happy and everyone deserves that.
    rohklolon August 31, 2017   Link
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    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
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    General Commentlove this song, makes me depressed for some reason
    LilbeeDawgon May 18, 2004   Link

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