I was born yesterday
When they brought my Kamakiri
When they handed me the keys
It's a steam-power 10
The frame is out of Glasgow
The tech is Balinese

It's not a freeway bullet
Or a bug with monster wheels
It's a total biosphere
The farm in the back
Is hydroponic
Good, fresh things
Every day of the year
Good, fresh things
Every day of the year

With all screens and functions
In sync lock with Tripstar
This cool rolling bubble
Is all set to samba
This route could be trouble
(This route could be trouble)

Chorus:
Steamin' up
That Trans-Island Skyway
Tryin' to make that final deadline
And if the lanes are clear
We're gonna drive a little harder
We'll be deep in the Zone by cryin' time

Say, there's a wreck
On the side of the road
Lots of blood and broken glass
Well, the kid who was driving
I know from somewhere
Some kids just drive too fast

Wait just a minute
There's a beautiful survivor
With dancer's legs and laughing eyes
C'mon snakehips, it's all over now
Strap in tight cause it's a long sweet ride

Relax - put some sounds on
I'll brew up some decaf
C'mon kick off those heels ma'am
Now breathe in and sigh out
Let's get with the program
(Let's talk about the good times, honey)

Chorus:
Steamin' up
That Trans-Island Skyway
Tryin' to make that final deadline
And if the lanes are clear
We're gonna drive a little harder
We'll be deep in the Zone by cryin' time

We reach the sprangle
Just at dawn
These little streets I used to know
Is that my father
Mowin' the lawn
(C'mon daddy get in let's go)

(C'mon daddy get in let's go)
(C'mon daddy get in let's go)
(C'mon daddy get in let's go)
(C'mon daddy get in let's go)
(C'mon daddy get in let's go)
(C'mon daddy get in let's go)
(C'mon daddy get in let's go)


We pull into Five Zoos
Past motels and drive-thrus
That noon sun is blinding
The tidepools are boiling
Below plates are grinding
(Let's talk about the good times, honey)

Chorus:
Steamin' up
That Trans-Island Skyway
Tryin' to make that final deadline
And if the lanes are clear
We're gonna drive a little harder
We'll be deep in the Zone by cryin' time

Chorus:
Steamin' up
That Trans-Island Skyway
Tryin' to make that final deadline
And if the lanes are clear
We're gonna drive a little harder
We'll be deep in the Zone by cryin' time

(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)
(ooh, cryin' time)

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    General CommentA nice Ode to Escapism, American-style. What's great is the realistic aspects of it are being used as the fantastical part. It's envisioned as a road trip, but it isn't a song about a road trip per se... along the 'ride' there are glimpses of various pieces of Americana which are all laced with meaning as it would relate to the real Donald Fagen's life, how he envisioned life... so you see, what I think he does so uniquely in his songs (along with Walter Becker), is place reality as the thing that means so much to the author's life, but only as he envisions it in his mind, and, to some extent, that ability to envision it comes around to impact his real life. Instead of fantastic thoughts or idealized thoughts about what we don't have, he is only opting for a slightly idealized or envisioned embellishment upon the already uniquely, if subtletly so, aspects of American culture and life as they already exist. Some of the most mundane things, like a road trip or hot chick or James Dean-esque car wreck or a drive-thru theatre or a little motel like the ones that you used to always have along the major highways, or (this one is mine) the local convenience store... he also incorporates the whole aspect of technological innovations... ones that geeks like a lot (this was written a little before the whole internet thing kicked off)... talks about nature, man's (primitive) nature and the nature all around us (including the impending natural disasters that will let us know that we are much less in control than we'd like to think we are) And the line 'some kids just drive too fast' is fairly self-explanatory, I think.
    caucasianon March 07, 2010   Link

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