The story it grows older the story is no story here i never knew what it is and there's no sign of it ending as i am it and ought to be they're telling me i am [chorus] bowling race car driver superficial hitman you're on the list at every door you don't bowl or race fast cars composition competition you drive just because i don't go to the church where you reside i might as well go for it the nineties won't be back again until i'm forty-eight years old i can be the hungry as i eat my words again appealing yet apalling rising to my falling going to extreme ends i am gagging on their scene [repeat chorus] you shift i'm the driver over time in it's defense i move their car and for a moment it makes sense i fail them in the end i fail it in the end in the arms of old age knowing only one to lose feeling nothing more to hide consider life a forgery as you’re gagging on your scene admit to fraudulence driven to this thought death is certain faith is not [repeat chorus] composition competition you drive competition competition i’m losing i fail it in the end


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    General Commenti have no idea
    know it allon April 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about a guy who is a hypocrit all his life? lol im confused too, or maybe it's really just about a guy who goes to bowling alleys haha
    xlagwagonsk8ron September 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think it us about a guy who wants to impress a girl, and has people help him try to impress her. "i'm gagging on the scene..." i think is kind of him asking is it worth it? "i fail it in te end" is saying it doesn't end up orking out. the talk about comition is saying she is popular, and is hard to get. every one told it was fait, but fait is not certain, and the only ting that is certain is death. suicude...?
    moped_711on March 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt´s time to update the comments for this great song. I think it's about apathetic and fearful people who let circunstances and beliefs guide their lives. Similar to "Roadhouse Blues" from The Doors: "Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel". Well, I think this song is a critic to those who don't follow Morrison's advice.
    unkikonkion February 25, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationTotal shot in the dark here, but here's my guess: It seems to be about trying to follow a life of prescribed ideology but constantly "slipping up" and being unable to follow the belief system that others do. Eventually the narrator either gets kicked out of the ideological group or realizes he or she will die while the ideology itself lives on.

    Think of the race car as a metaphor for an ideological belief. The race car is the vehicle, just as religion/ideology can be a vehicle for achieving things in life. Most religions are old stories ("the story it grows older"), and most don't appear to be ending anytime soon ('and there's no sign of it ending"). The "race car driver" is the person (antagonist) who is able to follow and carry on the ideology. The driver has power in that having a prescribed way of life makes things easier for him (he's "on the [guest?] list at every door," and yet he's "superficial: and not particularly exceptional at anything, whether it be something as skillful as racing cars or even anything as mundane as bowling).

    The narrator recognizes the absurdity/unfairness of embracing the ideology/belief system while simultaneously recognizing how alluring it is because of the benefits bestowed on the race car driver (the idealogy is "appealing yet appalling") and so the narrator figures he "might as well" go to the "church." It's interesting that the line says "the church where you reside," and not "the church you attend" or something of the like. This supports the idea that the antagonist (race car driver) resides or lives (mentally/emotionally) in the belief system or "church."

    So, seeing the benefit of the prescribed life, the narrator tries to take the wheel of the ideological vehicle. He's "eating [his] words" and following something he knows, on some level, he does not believe. He moves the belief system forward by partaking in it ("I move their car"). He even achieves some mental ease ("for a moment it [life?] makes sense"). Ultimately, however, he keeps "falling" (from grace?), and cannot carry on the ideology (keep driving the car) and fails all the actual believers ("I fail them in the end").

    Eventually, in his old age ("in the arms of old age", the narrator realizes there's no point in trying to pretend to support the belief system he doesn't believe in ("there's nothing more to hide"). He feels like a fraud for doing so and considers others a fraud for following the idiology ("consider life a forgery" and "admit to fraudulence" [following that belief system is, to the narrator, itself as fake as a forgery]). The narrator is sick of the ideology and all that follow it "gagging on your scene"). Getting behind the wheel of the ideology has driven him to this conclusion ("driven to this thought"). The last line, "death is certain faith is not," again illustrates the narrators valuation of things certain. Faith is not "certain," and hence it is unreliable.

    Like I said, total shot in the dark, but some food for thought.

    And now...discuss.
    suburbandion August 22, 2012   Link

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