"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.
this is a call, a call to soft eyes and a lesser prize. "we can, we can," and then nothing at all. I need you, but he's me, and then come the alarms. break aim and forfeit pride, 'cause summer tastes to burn my tongue. we'll feed on lips and lies, and drink in distrust from each other's arms. This is a court, a court of contracts and clouded hearts, to you. I ran, I run into arms that never should belong. you need me, but he's yours, and I'm wearing knives too thin for you. we take great care for lips to hide from southern eyes. all the things that we let slip, to steal skin from love in crooked time. don't breathe a word, to see through smiling veils that hide the sun. this feels like spitting tacks in the wind. break aim, break aim, break aim (a call to prize)...break. we take great care for lips to hide from southern eyes. all the things that we let slip, to wear your skin to cover up this time. don't breathe a word, to see through smiling veils that hide the sun. this feels like breathing sand through your skin. don't breathe a word...
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