"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.
they built this railroad across three states for you and me i hear transcontinental my dear it’s only miles and i could be there if i could live on bread and water i swear i’d be there scheduled eyes in an audience placing you and me apart besides miles of road but maybe the drive can give more time to think about what is behind that visor facing west in this evening glare it’s only miles and i could be there if i could live on bread and water i swear i’d be there.
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