"Motor Away" as written by and Robert E. Jr. Pollard....
When you motor away beyond the once-red lips
When you free yourself from the chance of a lifetime
You can be anyone they told you to
You can belittle every little voice that told you so
And then the time will come when you add up the numbers
And then the time will come when you motor away
Oh, why don't you just drive away?


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"Motor Away" as written by Robert E. Jr. Pollard

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    General CommentYour car, your ability to just drive away--this represents freedom (perhaps only temporary) from the things in day-to-day life which tie you down: your marriage, your job, etc.

    The "once-red lips" probably refer to a wife you once fell for, but who doesn't seem as appealing anymore.

    A lot of irony here: "free yourself from the chance of a lifetime" suggests that the American dream of a suburban house with a wife and 2.5 kids is not exactly the kind of life Bob hoped he would have (assuming the protagonist of the song is in fact Bob)

    "You can be anyone they told you to" is bitterly ironic, and perhaps one of the most brilliant lines Bob has ever written. How many times have you heard people say, "You can be anything you want, if you just work hard enough at it." The person singing these words has lived long enough to know that chasing your dreams isn't so easy...that there are all kinds of pressures holding you back.

    Of course, no one could possibly appreciate the meaning of this song without hearing how much it rocks.
    foreverdroneon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about being confused as to what to do with your life but at the same time too lazy and stubborn to listen to advice or actually do anything about it
    rivieraon June 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a reverse on the old "follow your dreams" motif. Maybe your dream of stardom or whatever isn't all it's cracked up to be; it's just another way of falling into line. So motor away...leave it all behind.
    glock378on September 07, 2012   Link

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