"New Black Car" as written by and Joseph A. Hedges....
Waiting tables at your restaurant job
An old man reads the paper in the booth
Where I stop
To say hello when I'm in town

To ask a friend if you're around
And I think about those summer nights
We never slept we didn't mind

And I felt so alive and happy
Just sitting on the porch
And swinging back and forth
Now everything seems so distant

But I promise I'm not too far
When you're alone in your brand new car
Driving your new black car
Into the rain

Are you listening to the radio
Are you driving down a city road
Are you alone in your new black car
I imagine you there

I'm sitting by the window here
The morning birds will reappear
And I feel empty
Our songs are on the radio

You call me up but I have to go
And I'm sorry angel
I'm sorry
But I'll call you right back

I swear
You think I've left you there
Alone with an empty chair
But I whisper your name

[Chorus]
Are you listening to the radio
Are you driving down a city road
Are you alone in your new black car
I imagine you there
Are you listening to the radio
Are you driving down a city road
Are you alone in your new black car
The wind in your hair

Are you tired of watching the rain hit the glass
All alone but aware of the places we've passed
Together we were singing along to the songs
Are you now? are you now?
I'm thinking of you in your college town
Are you thinking of me as you're driving around
Are you listening to me? are you listening?

[Chorus]

Are you listening to the radio
Are you listening to the radio
Are you listening to the radio
Are you listening to the radio


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"New Black Car" as written by Joseph A. Hedges

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    Song MeaningNew Black Car is one of my favorite songs.

    Its a friendship/relationship gone cold, although, the singer is reaching out.
    the distance between the singer and his friend can be both taken literally and figuratively.

    1. Literal Interpretation: The song lyrics is pretty straightforward. The themes of nostalgia, loneliness and longing are heavy in the lyrics as expressed in the images of "driving alone in the rain", "empty chair", missed calls and old songs ("our songs").

    2. OK Let's go deeper, so here are my notes.

    "Black Car" = subconscious/inner self...
    "New" = a change of heart, perhaps, a different way of looking at things...
    "Driving alone", "into the rain", "down a winding road/city road", "wind in your hair" = where no one can reach, although with confusion, distraction, there is a willful desire to go somewhere/to resolve something...

    "You call me up but I have to go
    And I'm sorry angel
    I'm sorry
    But I'll call you right back, I swear
    And you'll think I left you there
    Alone with an empty chair
    But I whisper your name"

    =not being there when needed, not seeing things in the same way, she's feeling left alone. They aren't in the same wavelength, and so she drives away, alone.

    "Are you listening to the radio/to me?" =the singer is driven to reach out, something like asking whether she (the driver) is in touch with reality or at least in touch with his (the singer's) reality.

    "Are you tired of watching the rain hit the glass?
    All alone but aware of the places we've passed
    Together we were singing along to the songs
    ...
    I'm thinking of you in your college town
    Are you thinking of me as you're driving around?"

    =this is something like a catharsis, the driver probably aims to resolve her inner demons, as it were, or letting go of some past, while the singer is asking to be let in and help in her soul-searching or resolution.

    Finally, going deeper isn't always necessary, vis-a-vis the intention of the songwriter; but hey, there are always nice insights into the song's idea that even the songwriter might not have been even conscious of.
    deepseekeron July 24, 2011   Link

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