"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" as written by and Jim Steinman....
The skies were pure and the fields were green
And the sun was brighter than it's ever been
When I grew up with my best friend Kenny
We were close as any brothers than you ever knew

It was always summer and the future called
We were ready for adventures and we wanted them all
And there was so much left to dream and so much time to make it real

But I can still recall the sting of all the tears when he was gone
They said he crashed and burned
I know I'll never learn why any boy should die so young

We were racing, we were soldiers of fortune
We got in trouble but we sure got around
There are times I think I see him peeling out of the dark
I think he's right behind me now and he's gaining ground

[Chorus]
But it was long ago and it was far away, oh God it seems so very far
And if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are

And when the sun descended and the night arose
I heard my father cursing everyone he knows
He was dangerous and drunk and defeated
And corroded by failure and envy and hate

There were endless winters and the dreams would freeze
Nowhere to hide and no leaves on the trees
And my father's eyes were blank as he hit me again and again and again

I know I still believe he'd never let me leave, I had to run away alone So
Many threats and fears, so many wasted years before my life became my own

And though the nightmares should be over
Some of the terrors are still intact
I'll hear that ugly coarse and violent voice
And then he grabs me from behind and then he pulls me back

[Chorus]

There was a beauty living on the edge of town
And she always put the top up and the hammer down
And she taught me everything I'll ever know
About the mystery and the muscle of love

The stars would glimmer and the moon would glow
I'm in the back seat with my Julie like a Romeo
And the signs along the highway all said, Caution! Kids At Play!

Those were the rights of spring and we did everything
There was salvation every night
We got our dreams reborn and our upholstery torn
But everything we tried was right

She used her body just like a bandage, she used my body just like a wound
I'll probably never know where she disappeared But I can see her rising up
Out of the back seat now Just like an angel rising up from a tomb

[Chorus]

[Repeat: x12]
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are

And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are

She used her body just like a bandage, she used my body just like a wound
I'll probably never know where she disappeared But I can see her rising up
Out of the back seat now




















The skies were pure and the fields were green
And the sun was brighter than it's ever been
When I grew up with my best friend Kenny
We were close as any brothers than you ever knew
It was always summer and the future called
We were ready for adventures and we wanted them all
And there was so much left to dream
And so much time to make it real
But I can still recall the sting of all
The tears when he was gone
They said he crashed and burned I know I'll never learn
Why any boy should die so young
We were racing, we were soldiers of fortune
We got in trouble but we sure got around
There are times I think I see him peeling out of the dark
I think he's right behind me now and he's gaining ground
But it was long ago and it was far away,
Oh God it seems so very far
And if life is just a highway,
Then the soul is just a car
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And when the sun descended and the night arose
I heard my father cursing everyone he knows
He was dangerous and drunk and defeated
And corroded by failure and envy and hate
There were endless winters and the dreams would freeze
Nowhere to hide and no leaves on the trees
And my father's eyes were blank
As he hit me again and again and again
I know I still believe he'd never let me leave, I had to run away alone
So many threats and fears, so many wasted years
Before my life became my own
And though the nightmares should be over
Some of the terrors are still intact
I'll hear that ugly coarse and violent voice
And then he grabs me from behind
And then he pulls me back
But it was long ago and it was far away,
Oh God it seems so very far
And if life is just a highway,
Then the soul is just a car
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
There was a beauty living on the edge of town
And she always put the top up and the hammer down
And she taught me everything I'll ever know
About the mystery and the muscle of love
The stars would glimmer and the moon would glow
I'm in the back seat with my Julie like a Romeo
And the signs along the highway all said,
Caution! Kids At Play!
Those were the rights of spring and we did everything
There was salvation every night
We got our dreams reborn and our upholstery torn
But everything we tried was right
She used her body just like a bandage,
She used my body just like a wound
I'll probably never know where she disappeared
But I can see her rising up out of the back seat now
Just like an angel rising up from a tomb
But it was long ago and it was far away,
Oh God it seems so very far
And if life is just a highway,
Then the soul is just a car
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror
May appear closer than they are
She used her body just like a bandage,
She used my body just like a wound
I'll never know where she disappeared
But I can see her rising up out of the back seat now


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"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" as written by Jim Steinman

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  • +2
    General CommentIm not really sure the song is all about not really knowing people, personally i think its more about how sometimes we can let the past take over our lives, were always looking back, but sometimes it chaches up with u and can cause chaos.or alternitively we can be very carefull and keep looking behind us and not notice what is happening in fround, the consequenses being jst as bad. I also think because he's talking about how things look different in the mirror it may be how our perseptions have changed and when you look back to your past you dont always remember it as it happened or feel the same as you did at the time.I think maybe he was feeling bad at the time feeling sorry for himself so thinking back to things that have happened...he does make refernces to good points about these things before he lost them showing that he does see sum good..."We were racing, we were soldiers of fortune, We got in trouble but we sure got around"
    WeeAmandaon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is a combination of both the afore-mentioned opinions and more.

    The first part is about relationships to people. "And if life is just a highway,
    Then the soul is just a car" meaning cars travelling down the highway are like people travelling down the road of life. This suggests that people who "appear" close to you (as a car would in your mirror) and you think you know very well, may be a lot more distant than you perceieve them (may appear closer than they are).

    The analogy of souls being like cars on a highway, also allows you to come up with adaptations of this metaphor. A car could take the next off-ramp at any time. Meaning at any point the soul's journey could end (i.e. death) or perhaps that it is easy to alter your journey (change your life) by making one simple turn, but if you don't watch the road carefully you could easily end up on the wrong road again.

    The other meaning in this song is in relation to the past, and how although the past is far away, it's in your mind and will always appear closer than it actually is. I.e. although the car behind you may fade into the distance, it can easily creep up on you again. "I'll hear that ugly coarse and violent voice - And then he grabs me from behind - And then he pulls me back". This signifies that the memories of his father, although he knows they were a long way away, (like objects in the rear view mirror) they appear close enough to haunt you and like a car in the rear view mirror, you always have to look back to make sure its still there, and that its not too close, but also that no matter how much you look in the mirror to try and prevent a collision, theres always the possibility of a collision (the past catching up with you).

    There are also a lot of other excellent metaphors in the song, "She used her body just like a bandage - she used my body just like a wound" This saying that his soul was wounded and bleeding, and this woman was his "bandage" who although does not heal the wound, allows everything to spill out and be soaked up, (he could tell her everything and she made him feel better) and although this does not heal the wound, it allows the wound to remain clean and heal itself, and not become infected and stay there forever. (The wound referring to his past).

    I could go on forever about this song, as its an amazing song. However i don;t know what the posting limit is here.

    Anyway this is one of my favourite Meat Loaf songs, its truly amazing and although i am lucky enough not to have experianced most of the contents of this song, im glad to have the opportunity to understand the problems some people face and allow me to make me more gratefull for how easy i've had it
    Forbezon April 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe title is actually a play on words. Side view mirrors are actually labeled \"objects in mirror are closer than they appear.\" This makes sense as there seems to be references to an automobile accident in the song, meaning another car was actually closer than the driver thought and caused a collision.
    nosretepon March 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo they are not at all!! & i have to say i totally DISagree with planetvalerina and agree with wee amanda! The song is not about how weel you know someone"When I grew up with my best friend Kenny
    We were close as any brothers than you ever knew" hw wud not make such a strong reference to their relationship to say he never knew him and was let down by him!!

    The song is about not being able to escape the past & bad things that has happend!! The last line clearly shows this when he ses "But I can see her rising up out of the back seat now" although she has left him and he is alone again he will always have her in the back of his mind, he uses the car as a methaphor for life!!
    sexywheloon May 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think you have all missed one of the most important lines in the song; (sorry if already been mentioned ! ) " then he drags me from behind and he pulls me back" maybe this means that thinking of his father pulls him back into his own painfull memories. just a thort !
    RobClayon August 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust relating back to what tybrd69 says about Meatloaf's father, Meatloaf doesn't actually sing the middle verse of this song on stage because it is so real to him he can't do it, and only ever sings the other verses. They are on the CD but not in concert.
    Thats one of the reasons Meatloaf is so great because the songs really mean something and he sings them as if it has happened to him, which often it has.
    rocker@hearton July 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me the song speaks of how we tend to hold our past as if it were the here and now.It feels so close yet in reality it is farther away then our future because we cannot go back.
    RedDwarf13on March 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a great song & great metaphor for life. Just the memories pull him back, like it's just happened, this song pulls me back.
    phila.sophoson July 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is deeply sad. It hits every nerve in you which is a typical meatloaf song anyway. All of us can relate to this song because the past always haunts us.
    garbojenon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And objects in the rear view mirror
    May appear closer than they are"
    You can really find this phrase on many cars in the USA...Quiet long title, isn't it?!? But there are some longer!!!
    horizonon January 19, 2005   Link

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