"He Thought of Cars" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
Moscow's still red
The young man's dead
Gone to heaven instead
The evening news says he was confused
The motorways will all merge soon
Lottery winner buys the moon
They've come to save us
The space invaders are here

He thought of cars
And where, where to drive them
And who to drive them with
And there, there was no one, no one

There's panic at London Heathrow
Everybody wants to go up into the blue
But there's a ten year queue
Columbia is in top gear
It shouldn't snow at this time of year
Now America's shot gone
And done the lot

He thought of planes and where,
Where to fly to
And who to fly there with
And there, there was no one, no one


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"He Thought of Cars" as written by David Rowntree Steven Alexander James

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    My InterpretationIn my view, HTOC depicts a future dystopia. The main character has become detached from the rest of society and in his confusion killed himself. The media just shrugs this off, he was 'confused'. He's just gone to heaven 'instead', it's nothing to worry about. There's a great sense of trying to get somewhere else, physically or otherwise. The demand to get somewhere has forced the motorways to all 'merge', the rich try to buy their way out (a great nod at this point to the lottery -as elsewhere in the album - and the idea of the working class escapism and alienation that it embodies). The main character looks to technology - cars and planes - to get away. He craves human interaction, something which has likely died out in this age of apathy and alienation. After all, there is 'no one'. The 'panic' at Heathrow, wanting to escape to the 'blue', further points to the utter desperation of humanity to escape. International war has escalated, Albarn mentions Moscow, Colombia and America. Global warming has changed the planet - 'it shouldn't snow this time of year'. There is, though, a noticeably dismissive and casual tone. It's not really important. In this dystopia, death and war mean nothing - there are no meaningful human relationships, so why would it? It is a yearning to escape and meaning that consume.
    indiebopperon March 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song, for me, is just about the way the western world heading. It has a sort of doomed feeling about it. Like we are destroying ourselves and our planet but half the people in this world are completely oblivious to it or choose to ignore it. There is always an excuse for a problem and we never truely look into it properly. Also for example, you can win the lottery and sudenly everything is perfect, you have more money than you could ever imagine but money doesn't buy you happiness. This song, for me, is also about sticking two fingers up at the authority who spoon-feed us with nonsense and try to brainwash us. Anyway, just some ideas.
    One of Blur's best songs. Underrated in my opinion.
    Boy22on May 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe best blur song
    artlesson July 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about the dreadful and worsening state of the (Western) world. Columbia's snow reference is to coke, surely. People trying to escape through other means, but he – lonely he – is doing his escape by daydreaming about sports cars and a possible happy life: "Who to drive them with". Is it possble, though? Great chill-out down song, but you might need some ELO to cheer up with afterwards!
    TheKeeperon July 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is song, like the whole album, is about isolation. The sentiment reminds me of Del Amitri -"and we'll all be lonely tonight and lonely tomorrow".
    Fabulously melancholic.
    ShineYouDiamondon October 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti seriously doubt it. this song was released long llong before the space shuttle crashed
    _space_on June 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentExaggerating things perceived to be wrong with the world nowadays.
    Overdevelopment - "the motorways will all merge soon"
    Lottery mindset in people - "lottery winner buys the moon" (maybe a reference to people on benefits)
    Just excess in general really.

    Also on a side note after 9/11 the plane lyrics slightly freaked me out and then after the Columbia disaster, again... nasty coincidence.
    phys2104on September 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentP.S. sorry TheKeeper, Columbia is the Space Shuttle -look at the preceding lines (plus the spelling).

    Not sure about the snow; climate change perhaps??
    ShineYouDiamondon October 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh! I get what you mean about the Space Shuttle. Thanks for that thought, Shine.
    TheKeeperon December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Gear" is British slang for drugs. So it should be Colombia (spelled with an o) is in top gear. Its a play on words, as in there is some high quality cocaine about. Which leads into the next line about snow.

    All this talk of space shuttles is misguided methinks.
    magicmountainon June 16, 2009   Link

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