"Stolen Car" as written by and Beth/barnes Orton....
Late at night in summer heat. Expensive car, empty street
There's a wire in my jacket. This is my trade
It only takes a moment, don't be afraid
I can hot wire an ignition like some kind of star
I'm just a poor boy in a rich man's car
So I whisper to the engine, flick on the lights
And we drive into the night

Oh the smell of the leather always excited my imagination
And I picture myself in this different situation
I'm a company director, two kids and a wife
I get the feeling that there's more to this one's life
There's some kind of complication, he tells her he's alone
Spends the night with his lover, there's a trace of her cologne
And the words of his mistress, as she whispers them so near
Start ringing in my ear

Please take me dancing tonight I've been all on my own
You promised one day we could its, what you said on the phone
I'm just a prisoner of love always hid form the light
Take me dancing, please take me dancing tonight

I imagine his wife, she don't look nothing like a fool
She picks the kids up form some private school
She remembers what he told her, he was late and worked alone
But there's more than a suspicion in this lingering cologne
And the kid's just won't be quiet and she runs a traffic light
And she drives into the night

Please take me dancing tonight I've been all on my own
You promised one day we could it's what you said on the phone
I'm just a prisoner of love always hid from the light
Take me dancing, please take me dancing tonight

So here am I in a stolen car at a traffic light
They go form red to green and so I just drive into the night

Please take me dancing tonight I've been all on my own
You promised one day we could it's what you said on the phone
I'm just a prisoner of love always hid from the light
Take me dancing, please take me dancing tonight


Lyrics submitted by U2takemehigher

"Stolen Car" as written by Beth Orton Ted Barnes

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    General Commentsting says this song is about some kind of car thief that can sense the owner of the car and all about his/her life.
    U2takemehigheron April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about 3 ladies that are wronged. One lady, a car, is stolen. The story of the other two ladies is sensed/imagined by the thief as he drives the stolen car. One woman is wronged by her husband because he decieves her with a mistress. The mistress is wronged by the man because of his empty promises to her about offering more to her than the stolen moments of intimacy. The real criminal in this song is the man between a wife and a mistress. The car thief is merely the teller of the tale. The stealing of the car is merely a side-not in the story.
    dagger29on June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard Sting said that this song is not about stealing cars at all (that's what my local radio said). Sting was supposed to have said that the car is a metaphore for love, and Love is stolen; the girl is somewhat the car. I can' fugure it out all that well.
    AprilMoon1991on July 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRapper Twista is featured on the current remix of Sting's latest single, "Stolen Car." MTV.com reports that the rapper was star-struck while recently shooting a video for the song. He said, "For one of the scenes he (Sting) was singing his part and I'm doing my part in the car next to him. It was real exciting to me. I'm sitting there like, 'Look where we came from. I'm doing this? This guy was in the Police. We're doing a record together.' It's off the chain."

    The rapper also explained how he came up with his lyrics for the remix. He said, "I basically rewrote the lyrics for 'Stolen Car.' I described his same story about the young guy stealing the car and he's having visions about the guy whose car he stole. It turns out to be a businessman, and the rich businessman is doing a few things he shouldn't be doing."
    sillybunnyon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRobert Creeley

    As I said to my friend
    Because I am always talking …
    John, I said
    Which is not his name
    The darkness surrounds us
    What can we do about it?
    Or else—shall we? And why not?
    Buy a goddamn big car?

    Drive, he said
    And for crissake, look out where you’re going.
    sillybunnyon September 02, 2006   Link

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