Jump back, what's that sound?
Here she comes, full blast and top down
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Model citizen, zero discipline

Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'll lose her in the turn
I'll get her

Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama

Ain't nothin' like it, her shiny machine
Got the feel for the wheel, keep the moving parts clean
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Got an on-ramp comin' through my bedroom

Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'll lose her in the turn
I'll get her

Panama, Panama (wow)
Panama, Panama (whoa)

Yeah, we're runnin' a little bit hot tonight
I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off of it
Ah, I reach down between my legs
Ease the seat back

She's blinding, I'm flying
Right behind the rear-view mirror now
Got the feeling, power steering
Pistons popping, ain't no stopping now

Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama

Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21

Panama Lyrics as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +6
    General CommentRoth said nothing about a stripper. He wrote the lyrics after a day at the drag races, where he'd seen a car named the Panama Express. During the middle part of the song where Dave says "I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off..." you can hear Eddie revving his Lamborghini in the background, which was backed up to the studio. Microphones were then attached to the exhaust pipes. The band then recorded the sound of the engine revving.
    NachoSupreme17on June 16, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI have to say that the lyric seems constructed in a similar fashion as Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot" was, relating a car to a woman, and sex. ^____^
    TheEndIsNearon August 30, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMan David Lee Roth Van Halen is so cool. Such a great band, the music was so fun. You can just tell these guys had fun making that music, it just comes through the speakers.
    bakismakion November 17, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI've come to the conclusion that Van Halen PURPOSELY engineered their songs to be confusing and really have no meaning at all.

    People will be analizing their songs for years to come.
    Monacoon February 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"... and lean the seat back."

    Cracks me up every time. XD
    Goatllamaon October 29, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentihere daqvid lee roth said this song was about a stripper he knew in Detroit.
    amiliaon May 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"...and that was 'Panama' by Van Halen. and now, 'Panama' by Van Halen!"

    Has anybody seen that Drew Carey episode?...yeah
    Napple_Snappleon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh my god I just realized how many lyrics I've misheard
    Boonechic_21on March 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought this was about street racing, betting the car on the result, "Don't you know she's coming home with me?" meaning that he's going to get the other guy's car.
    Regos the Saneon April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about car's and women. "got an on ramp comin through my bedroom" isn't about a car, but about DLR talking how's he's gonna get laid (again). The 3rd verse is all about sex and is quite steamy:P
    rcon1485on January 16, 2010   Link

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