Doing alright
A little driving on a Saturday night
And come what may
Gonna dance the day away

Jenny was sweet
She always smiled for the people she'd meet
On trouble and strife
She had another way of looking at life

The news is blue (the news is blue)
Has its own way to get to you (ooh)
What can I do (what can I do?)
I'll not remember my time with you

Pick up your feet
You've got to move to the trick of the beat
There is no elite
Just take your place in the driver's seat

Driver's seat, ooh
Driver's seat, yeah

We're doing alright (ooh)
A little driving on a Saturday night (yeah)
And come what may (ooh)
Gonna dance the day away (yeah)

Driver's seat, ooh
Driver's seat, yeah

Jenny was sweet (ooh)
There is no elite (yeah)
Pick up your feet (ooh)
Pick up, pick up (yeah)
Pick up your feet (ooh)
Gonna dance the day away (yeah)

Driver's seat, ooh
Driver's seat, yeah
Driver's seat, ooh
Driver's seat, yeah

Driver's seat

Lyrics submitted by richie, edited by djnoir

Driver's Seat Lyrics as written by Paul Roberts


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  • +7
    General CommentThe song has been interpreted as an ode to the joys of driving, which of course it isn't. The idea was to describe the fragmented, conflicting thoughts and emotions that might follow the break-up of a relationship. The sheer impossibility of imagining not seeing someone again who you had been so close to is pointed out in the lines 'The news is blue, I'll never remember my time with you', by the harmony vocals of Noel McCalla and Jim Nellis. Curiously I was approached by an American group recently who wanted to change that line in their version of the song. They wanted 'I'll always remember', feeling that this would be more positive. Each to his own. 'Take your place in the Driver's Seat' offers some glimmer of hope through the power of positive thought. In the end I don't mind how people interpret it as long as they like it.
    Jorasaron April 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJust updated the lyrics to an exact copy of the liner notes from the 1978 LP release of fickle heart.
    djnoiron March 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow come nobody has left a comment for this great song? A 1 hit wonder but still a classic. Everytime i hear it, I think Boogie Nights .. heh.
    Unforg1venon April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitly a classic...I love the intro.

    I'm not quite sure of the meaning - but I think Jenny may be a prostitute ('always smiled for the people') who gets into trouble, maybe pregnant ('the news is blue' perhaps?) or it even could be into porn itself 'blue movies - seen as it was in Boogie Nights? I think she tries to either get away, hence the drivers seat, or maybe gets in the drivers seat to commit suicide? It's a dark interpretation, but hey!
    butterflykiss84on April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know if there is a correction tool, but the third verse is wrong and should read as below:

    The news is blue (the news is blue)
    Had its own way of getting to you
    What can I do (what can I do)
    I'll never remember my time with you?
    Jorasaron April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt took me awhile to find this song on here, I love this song! Such a classic and groovy song, please, don't let anyone do a cover of it, this is such an original classic and way too too good for that!!!!!
    rachmacon June 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Song is on the Top Gear CD and is fantastic. I think it is also meeting up with soem friends to go 'jiving' on a Saturday night, but then he sses someone called Jenny and has a one night stand with her? But falls in love, sad aboiut the fact he has to leave her, but the drivers seat I think reflects on the Driver ' steering' his life and the new opportunities? Not bad for a 16 year old writing this, eh? lol
    saawanjon November 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn, this song is good! Brings back great memories. If you're going to be a one-hit-wonder, you might as well have a song like this.
    boneric22on February 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song plays after Rick and Randall save Shane from the bus zombies...Rick and Shane are putting Randall back in the rear of the car to bring him back to the farm.
    mikeon March 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is pure gold. When I played it in the house, my wife heard it and it brought her back to her teenage years...exactly where I was hearing it.

    Like any good song or story it has more than one meaning and it gets you on so many levels.

    The song is about a boy remembering his adolescence and about a girl he knew (how he knows her wether boyfriend/girlfriend or girl next door or just a girl he likes at school is not relevant). All that is important is this girl Jenny represents that era and his adolescence.

    Jenny has a different outlook to other people. This is what he remembers about her, her smile, her good nature and her ability to find a silver lining in bad times. Even though he can barely remember her - he doesn't mention she is pretty or anything about her looks, because he can't remember. It is not important. What is important is he remember HOW she behaved.

    We listening to the song are adults and need to have the ability to hear what the singer is NOT saying.
    He doesn't say it but in the very nature of describing Jenny, he is also describing everybody else (in the small town he grew up in or now) as being cranky, and seeing the worst in things.

    Today's life can get you down. But just like in dancing, - there is no leader you should follow - dance your own way. And handle life's problems in your own way.

    Do you want to see the worst in things? Do you want to see the glass half full? The way you behave in life is up to you - make your choice, you are in the driver's seat.

    Jenny seems like a girl I would have liked to have known in my youth too. We need more people like Jenny in the world.
    pj2105on April 16, 2020   Link

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