Trans Am

The wagons in the valley
had pulled up for the night
Seth said
"go get the plow out Merle,
this place looks just right"
By then they were surrounded,
by dawn they all were dead
I heard this from
the old Trans Am,
up the road ahead
That cowboy just kept talking,
I thought I heard him say
He used to ride the Santa Fe
before the tracks were laid

Trans Am

A nasty wind was blowing
through the gates of Eden Park
One was swinging
and one was hanging,
And the street lights all were dark
It crawled along the boulevard
with two wheels on the grass
That old Trans Am was dying hard,
but still had lots of gas
The golden gate was open wide,
the sun came shining through
Where once
the angels stood and cried
everything was new

Trans Am

Global manufacturing,
hands across the sea
The hotel filled with dealers,
everything was free
Before the competition,
ahead of all the rest
The product was presented,
it clearly was the best
The power link was ruptured,
the hotel shook and rolled
The old Trans Am
just bounced around
and took another road

Trans Am

An old friend showed up at the door
The mile posts flying by
He said come on, I said what for
He said I'll show you why
I got a call from north of here
They said some girl's broke down
There's good money in it
for you and me
If we can get her back to town
She's somewhere north of Barstow
Lost on sixty six
An old Trans Am
by the side of the road
That needs a headlight fixed

Trans Am

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    General CommentTrans Am is an analogy for capitalistic "progress". Trans Am is a criticism of American "development" and placing the highest priority on financial profit. (Does Neil have a political and social commentary to make---no, it can't be?) The Trans Am could not be stopped, it just kept rolling on. Ultimatley though, the Trans Am does show wear. There is hope. The broken headlight gives us hope. Praise the headlight! Wow man.
    binghiskhanon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis can go in the "time travel" "dreamscape" category of Neil songs (along with Pocahontas and Lost in Space and maybe Last Trip to Tulsa). Love those. The image of the friend showing up at the door while the car is still tooling down the highway (the mileposts flying by) can only have come to him in a dream. The epoques are all superimposed as the ghost Trans Am is witness to the changes through the ages, none good. Love the spooky mood of this one.
    Moonmadnesson September 27, 2013   Link

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