"Motor's Too Fast" as written by and Simon Cyril/reyne Hussey....
He's just a local boy
Modeling for magazines
Nun-Chukka
Things are never quite as they seem

He's got throwing stars, he's got silver tops
Mama's grabbed her jewelery
Hidden in the bathroom
Calling the cops

Give me somewhere to go
Don't give me train rides
When the shops are all closed
Don't give me train rides

Never gave anyone the slightest notion
Never showed us that the call was cast
Mama don't want you, daddy don't want you
Your motor's running way too fast

Now the Mall way's shuttered
Hanging in the afternoon
Drink a little Vodka, picking up the old man
Rolling him 'round in her room


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"Motors Too Fast" as written by James Michael Reyne Simon Cyril Hussey

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    My OpinionIt loosely appears to be about a teenager whose parents have split and aren't paying any attention to their child. The kid wants somewhere to belong, not constant trips (train rides) between the two. This isn't a great lyric from James and there are lyrics that better depict this kind of situation.
    inxiaon September 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love the song and the lyrics are typical of the quirkiness of JR's songs.

    I think it's about a boy who is neglected by his parents. The kid could be living with both parents and the father is abusive OR he could be just living with his mum who seems to constantly find abusive boyfriends (the last line - "picking up the old man, rolling him round in her room" could be the father or some random bloke)

    But, I think it is more about a single mother who has a knack of finding bad relationships. The facade of a normal life for the boy is in the first two lines,but - "things are never quite as they seem".

    The kid is giving material things that a kid gets, but his mother is in an abusive relationship - "Mama's grabbed her jewelery, Hidden in the bathroom, Calling the cops"..

    He is tired of the cycle of he and his mother leaving a house abruptly and he laments having no where to go and for a change, wants a good reason to travel somewhere. He feels as though his mother nor his father loves him.

    But, like most abusive relationships, the cycle repeats itself and after a few drinks, his mother shacks up with another man.

    The last line - "Picking up the old man, rolling him round in her room". If she is a single mother, she is picking up some random man. If you interpret "the old man" as his father, then the whole song is about an abusive husband (not boyfriends) and the mother keeps repeating the cycle and family life is "never quite as they seem".
    jimmyreyneon October 27, 2018   Link

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