"Speed Racer" as written by and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh....
I'm speed racer and I drive real fast
He's speed racer and he drives real fast
I drive real fast, I'm gonna last

I'm a big pirate and I like to steal
He's a big pirate and he likes to steal
I like to steal and I like to kill

Go, go, go speed racer
I'm a barbie doll, but I got brains
She's a barbie doll, but she's got brains
I've got brains and I like sex
Lots of brains and she likes sex

I'm your doctor and here's the bill
He's your doctor and here's the bill
Doctor steel and here's the bill
He likes to steal, so here's your bill

I'm speed racer and I drive real fast
I'm a big pirate and I like to steal
I'm a barbie doll, but I got brains
I'm your doctor and here's the bill
I drive real fast, I'm gonna last
I like to drink and I like to kill
Lots of brains and I like sex
Like to steal, here's your bill


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"Speed Racer" as written by Mark Allen Mothersbaugh

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    General CommentHere is my interpretation:

    "I'm speed racer and I drive real fast
    He's speed racer and he drives real fast
    I drive real fast, I'm gonna last"

    On the surface it may seem like just someone bragging about the fact that they are a speed racer and they drive real fast but underneath there is an element of arrogance in Speed Racer thinking that he is going to last, as in survive the race of life because he's fast.

    "I'm a big pirate and I like to steal
    He's a big pirate and he likes to steal
    I like to steal and I like to kill"

    A pirate is known as someone who is willing to steal and kill to get what they want, which is obviously a negative intent but because it is sung in a childlike way, it is almost representing a pirate in a positive light as someone for children to embrace.

    "Go, go, go speed racer
    I'm a barbie doll, but I got brains
    She's a barbie doll, but she's got brains
    I've got brains and I like sex
    Lots of brains and she likes sex"

    Speed Racer is being supported in his belief that he's going to last because he's fast because he is being urged to go go go. Barbie is considered by some to be a role model for girls but at the same time can be seen to represent a false image of what a woman is supposed to be - provocative and promiscous and without intelligent thoughts.

    Barbie in this context is saying that she has brains (intelligence) even though on a surface level that impression is betrayed - but whether you believe she has brains or thinks she does will alter how you interpret these lyrics.

    "I'm your doctor and here's the bill
    He's your doctor and here's the bill
    Doctor steel and here's the bill
    He likes to steal, so here's your bill"

    A doctor is considered by many to be someone who wants to help you and we are reassured as children of this. However to an adult who faces problems of finance and other concepts we don't comprehend as children, a doctor can be necessary but expensive at the same time - the doctor in these lyrics seems to like the fact that he steals but he's giving a service that satisfies a need.

    "I'm speed racer and I drive real fast
    I'm a big pirate and I like to steal
    I'm a barbie doll, but I got brains
    I'm your doctor and here's the bill
    I drive real fast, I'm gonna last
    I like to drink and I like to kill
    Lots of brains and I like sex
    Like to steal, here's your bill"

    All are re-affirming that what is being sung in these lyrics are true.

    Overall I think the theme of this song is that - things that are considered childlike have their adult counterpart and these are truths hidden in lies by adults from children to shield them from the dangers of the world but showing it in a way that they can understand and accept at their young age.
    Rojiraon January 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song cracks me up, the way they change their voices in a light-hearted way, like a childrens cartoon, but it's....dark.
    BoojiBoyon February 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI really am not sure what this song is about. But I'll attempt to interpret.

    "i'm speed racer and i drive real fast
    he's speed racer and he drives
    real fast
    drive real fast, i'm gonna last"
    Dealing with sex? A guy who's "drives" fast, and lasts long? I really don't know :S.

    "i'm a big pirate and i like to steal
    he's a big pirate and he likes to steal
    i like to steal and i like to kill
    go go go speed racer"
    A big pirate who likes to steal and kill? lol.

    "i'm a barbie doll but i got brains
    she's a barbie doll but she got brains
    i've got brains and i like sex
    she's got brains and she likes sex"
    A mockery of a stupid girl who THINKS she's smart, but is dumb and has promiscuous sex?


    "i'm your doctor and here's the bill
    he's your doctor and here's your bill
    doctor steel and here's your pills
    he likes to steal so here's the bill "
    I think it's saying that it's not right for us to pay for healthcare. Therefore doctors "steal".

    The next part I'm making up without actual support from the lyrics, but I think it could be a possible meaning. Speed Racer and the Barbie Doll had sex and she got pregnant. Barbie Doll was the Big Pirate's girlfriend, and he wants to kill Speed Racer since he found out, hence the "Go Go Go Speed Racer!" The doctor gives her an abortion.

    Yeah... I really don't know... I might be looking too deep. I really hope someone else comes in with their own interpretation.
    MrSpudon December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI like to speed through life as a demon as well, in canada thnx...health benefits.
    Dinkyon September 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe entire album, "Oh, No! It's Devo!" is their best work and this song is the best on the album.
    scoobydudeon February 10, 2005   Link

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