"Cadillac Ranch" as written by and Chris Waters/jones Dunn....
Well there she sits buddy just a-gleaming in the sun
There to greet a working man when his day is done
I'm gonna pack my pa and I'm gonna pack my aunt
I'm gonna take them down to the Cadillac ranch

Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts
Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth
Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back
And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark shiny and black
Open up your engines let 'em roar
Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

James Dean in that mercury forty-nine
Junior Johnson runnin' through the woods of Carolina
Even Burt Reynolds in that black Trans Am
All gonna meet down at the Cadillac ranch

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark shiny and black
Open up your engines let 'em roar
Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

Hey little girlie in the blue jeans so tight
Drivin' alone through the Wisconsin night
You're my last love, baby you're my last chance
Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac ranch

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark shiny and black
Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away

Oh baby, come on
Oh baby, come on
Oh
Come on


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"Cadillac Ranch" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentThis song was written when gas first went over a dolllar a gallon and people were trading in their big American cars for smaller Japanese ones.

    The Cadillac Ranch is a metaphor for death, not an old folks home. The little girlie in the blue jeans so tight is the singer's last chance at love but she dies before the singer does, crashing somewhere, alone, in the Wisconsin night.
    Pirtyfool22on May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, I always thought the Cadillac in this song was meant to be a hearse, at least in the last stanza. The Cadillac ranch then becomes the cemetery.
    neiledwardon March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's always seemed like a metaphor for death to me. Everybody at some time has to go away forever regardless of fame and fortune, type of car/race. etc.

    Despite the upbeat feel of the song, it's morbid and cynical. The line "There to greet a working man when his day is done" particularly so. The average guy works his whole life and this is his reward.
    elwyn5150on July 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentBruce loves Cadillacs but realises their built-in obsolescence. He then draws the metaphor of an aging Cadilllac with his oncoming old-age. The "Cadillac Ranch" is a metaphor for an old folks home.
    It's also a real place in New Mexico - a work of art comprising old Cadillacs with their tails sticking out of the ground.
    chrisb1on January 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow! this song is about death. i always thought it was about cars :(
    aldo1980on May 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    PK66on February 28, 2011   Link

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