"Cars and Guitars" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
If I choke boy
You start me up again
Restring my wires why'know
This gearbox can make the shift polish my rims
Damned if you do
Damned if you don't
I swear it seems of late boy
I've even curved this body to fit your bow

Still the rain can't confuse the thoughts that come
Come in rhythm
Cause it never was the cars and guitars that came between us
Still a thought says what if I
Keep on drivin'
Keep on drivin'

"Yeah that whip has skirt"
You said it proud
Sometimes I'd watch her idle while you'd tune her up
Me with my silencer on
You and your crocodile clip
Me and my alligator pears yeah
All tricked out for the trip
That slid into a spin

You say that "I miss you"
You stop in at my drive-through
You know who you'll order some some boy

Cause it never was the cars and guitars that came between us
Still a thought says what if I
Keep on drivin'
Keep on drivin'
Keep on drivin'

If I choke boy
You start me up again
Resting my wires why'know
This gearbox can make the shift polish my rims


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"Cars and Guitars" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentUm... from what I've read this has nothing to do with children. I think it has to do with a guy, presumably husband. I'm looking for the quote...

    "Do you ever start screaming in a car? Just having an argument, reliving an argument? And you go, 'What is it gonna take? What language is it going to take for us to communicate on this issue?' So I thought, what is the language that this guy understands? So I decided to become a car. One with the stick that he can put his hands on and maneuver. He can polish my rims. He can step inside me. Then I decided I could also become a guitar. He could pick me up and play me and I could listen to what he's trying to say. If I could just change my shape we could maybe get through this because it never was the cars and guitars that came between us."
    poetic-tormenton June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a good, singable tune. And thank god for that, because this metaphor is strained and awful.
    androgybunnyon March 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt first I couldn't see how the lyrics to this song fit Tori's explanation about her being the bad guy for once. She's the mother that runs away from her child in this song.

    But now I see it, clear as day! "I've even curved this body to fit your bow," is what the mother is saying to the child, she just tries and tries her best but now it's over. She's done. She keeps on driving without stopping to pick him up from school.
    dedgrrlsdanceon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've read the same quote.

    I think it's about a breakdown of communication, and finding a way to bridge the gap. And her molding herself allows for that bridge...

    On a more personal note, to me this song is also about how if in a relationship there's problems, you can't keep on blaming it on basic differences. You can't keep on letting issues such as gender and difference of opinion to keep getting in the way cos those things won't go away and then there'll be no relationship at all.
    antisheepon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's not about children or parenthood at all and reading the lyrics make that very clear to me (and any idiot, I would assume).
    MrChompson September 02, 2015   Link

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