"Ol' 55" as written by and Tom Waits....
My time went so quickly,
I went lickety-splickly
Out to my old '55
Pulled away slowly, feeling so holy,
God knows, I was feeling alive.

And now the sun's coming up,
I'm riding with Lady Luck,
Freeway cars and trucks,
Stars beginning to fade,
And I lead the parade
Just a-wishing I'd stayed a little longer,
Oh, Lord, that the feeling's getting stronger.

Now six in the morning, gave me no warning;
I had to be on my way.
Lights passing and trucks a flashing,
I'm on my way home from your place.

And now the sun's coming up,
I'm riding with Lady Luck,
Freeway cars and trucks.

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"Ol' 55" as written by Tom Waits


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    General CommentThe song is about Tom's friend Larry Beazer who while on a date needed to get her back to Pasadena, and the only gear left on his car was reverse
    so the song is about the drive back home, in reverse, with every car flashing him, a bunch of cars stuck behind him cause he's so slow going backwards (the parade he's leading), being over taken by trucks cause again he's so slow
    and even though everyone else on the road is mad at him, he's had a great date and is generally pretty happy

    Tom Discussed it on the VH1 storyteller album
    AbnormalErnieon May 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLiteral meaning is about driving his old truck home after hooking up. The Deeper meaning is about death after having lived a full life.
    timbokingon July 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's a metaphor about death.
    RoyTekon November 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought this was called Freeway, Cars and Trucks. No matter-it's typically great reminiscing Waits. I like the Eagles version too.
    JumpyJackon December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find the Early Years version very intimate
    MardyAsson July 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song about a man and his car
    josinson April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout a man driving home, after spending the night with his lover, and having one of those moments when you're just happy, and at peace with your life.
    "Feeling so holy/ God knows I was feeling alive."
    Sex as a kind of religious experience.
    Ah, I love Waits. He has no equal.
    lunaburningon May 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this version, cheers me up every time (in a sad kind of way)
    iwalkwithzombieson April 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteven though the narrator is at peace in this song, you still feel a lingering sorrow reflected in his voice...
    necrophageon May 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentare you actually real people?please try not to be so relentlessly uncool if so
    toughnuton July 06, 2015   Link

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