"Fast car" is kind of a continuation of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." It has all the clawing your way to a better life, but in this case the protagonist never makes it with her love; in fact she is dragged back down by him. There is still an amazing amount of hope and will in the lyrics; and the lyrics themselve rank and easy five. If only music was stronger it would be one of those great radio songs that you hear once a week 20 years after it was released. The imagery is almost tear-jerking ("City lights lay out before us", "Speeds so fast felt like I was drunk"), and the idea of starting from nothing and just driving and working and denigrating yourself for a chance at being just above poverty, then losing in the end is just painful and inspiring at the same time.
Caught without people or drink I don't know what else to think but I'm going to grow wings and sing, "amen, I'm checking out." so withdrawing within the drawing room, drawing you. And remember my memory was a mess when we'd undress near the dresser together and you'd take me apart. But then I'd say, "storms are born really far away somewhere west of LA" where birds have kids like crazy, seagulls and turtledoves. And remember we'd tell everyone to tell everyone we're dead. And right now sugar and water will put me down. That's all right. I know.
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