"Detroit 442" as written by and Chris Stein Jimmy Destri....
You know he can't be tested, he can't be read or found
Urban grey takes breath away, he wants to push his pedal to the ground
And the night's what's right, puts him at the wheel
Well, I eat danger, any stranger is all right
Feel hot to go like Jimmy O, dodging flying objects at the show
And the lights make me fight
In Detroit 442, maybe, baby, I could ride with you

This town's a concrete factory and Dad and Mum look just like me
I'm on the plant assembly line. Too late now. Too far behind
You said you want to hang around, no-one really cares where you go
Take your time. Things never change

In Detroit 442, maybe, baby, I could ride with you
In Detroit 442, maybe, baby, I could ride with you
In Detroit 442, maybe, baby, I could ride with you
In Detroit 442, maybe, baby, I could ride with you

One more to market, one more piggie, and they all, they all look just like me, yeah


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"Detroit 442" as written by James Mollica Destri Christopher Stein

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    General Comment442 was one of the last "real" American cars.
    A big steel gas-guzzler from detroit.
    This is just about a chick who wants to rebel and get with a guy in a cool car.
    My question is, who is Jimmy O?
    DanVitaleRockson June 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJimmy O probably means Iggy Pop, whose real name is Jim Osterberg.
    I've also read that the song is about him.
    Katrneyon March 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentArguably Blondie's most Punk rock song, in my opinion. It's one of my favourites. It shows that they could really rock. And her voice is gritty here, which I love. "Dodging flying objects at the show" is basically what a lot of punk rock bands have had to do. It's not uncommon to see people throwing beer bottles or random crap at the band members, and I like that they included that line there.
    J181on July 28, 2011   Link

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