"Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
You're a precious stone
You're out on your own
You know everyone in the world
But you feel alone
Daddy won't let you weep
Daddy won't let you ache
Daddy gives you as much as you can take
A-ha sha-la, a-ha sha-la
Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car

A little uptight
You're a baby's fist
Butterfly kisses up and down your wrist
When you see daddy coming
You're licking your lip
Nails bitten down to the quick
A-ha sha-la, a-ha sha-la
Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car
Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car

You've got a head full of traffic
You're a siren's song
You cry for mama
And daddy's right along
He gives you the keys to a flamin' car
Daddy's with you wherever you are
Daddy's a comfort
Daddy's your best friend
Daddy'll hold your hand right up to the end
A-ha sha-la, a-ha sha-la
Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car
Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday's

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"Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentWOW! I'm not surprised to see the high intellect of U2 followers...I mean fans.

    Good conversations about whether it's about God or the devil or Russia or Consumerism or heroin or spoiled brats. Makes me agree with some other posts that it is eternally layered in meaning (as most art)--it is all present.

    I love the song because it invokes the memory of seeing Bono as McPhisto in all his glamorous glory onstage at the ZooTV concert I went to so very long ago. When I bought my new car, it was the first song I played in it because the irony took me to a whole new level of elation.

    This is one of those songs that for me the meaning changes as my experiences change me. Each time I reapproach it, it means something different to me based on the place I am in. When I was a teenager, I saw the devil as Daddy and his empty, attractive promises. When I was in college, I saw more of the "heroin interpretation" for instance,
    "You got a head full of traffic/
    You're a siren's song/
    You cry for momma, but daddy's right along."
    You can't always get what you want and what you want is most likely as deadly as the siren's song. Now that I'm in the family thing, I see it on a multi-layered level, and really groove to the sound. Who can resist the "Uh-huh/Sha-La/Uh-huh/Sha-La" ?!
    U2mommaon July 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCrashed car represents a broken person. We leave that vehicle behind, death to self, and start the new life. Daddy of course is God.

    When daddy pays for crashed car, he brings us to a place where we realize what we had to let go of, namely the things that were holding us back spiritually.
    willhunt25on September 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about a father babying his daughter and her never becoming independant as a result. start w/ that meaning then think about it some more...
    U2U2on May 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThough I think it's most likely sung from the perspective of the devil, I think it could also be about East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    "You cry for mama, and daddy's right along "
    East germany looking for help from Mother Russia but West Germany coming to aid instead

    "Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car"
    Daddy (Germany) is going to pay for the East's crashed economy

    Plus, the "crashed car" could also be seen as referring to the Trabant, the East German-made car that thosands of East Germans abandoned at roadsides (crashed) when the Berlin Wall fell.
    Dr. Don August 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKeeping in mind that it's Bono, this song sounds like Daddy is a metaphor for God looking out for his children.

    Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car...
    Daddy's with you whereever you are...

    Sounds to me like the concept of God offering redemption to one of his lost.

    Could be just what it says tho.
    Johnnyboneson July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song just blew me away as did the whole Zooropa album. The sounds and the lyrics all point to something very sinister.. The notion that Daddy will keep enabling your habits until the very end. Zooropa was the "Channel Flicking" Zoo TV album of disassociation and numbness where you've seen everything and felt nothing. Daddy is at the centerpiece of this apathy. Awesome song!
    rednight1972on October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read something somewhere about it being about "The dark world of smack addiction", but who knows.
    Reynard Muldrakeon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is no way this song is about God. Read the lyrics. Does this sound like any God you know?

    This song is about the DEVIL. This is the evilest song on Zooropa. It comes right after Stay for a reason. When you are down on your luck and depressed, who's there to comfort you? Satan. This is definitely what the song is about. I read that when Bono performed this song on tour, he always wore his MacPhisto getup.

    Read C.S. Lewis' 'The Screwtape Letters'.
    Sempreon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about drugs, daddy is your dealer
    iamthelawon June 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBono has said that this song is about legendary blues singer John Lee Hooker.
    beau99on October 03, 2005   Link

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