"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.
it's getting hard to pretend. the wave we ride will one day end. embarrassed for what i see. what happened to ingenuity. a light but dim. a tiny lump of coal. a diamond was the goal. but this impatience tends to make. the process go so slow. it's a flavor war. but your taste is gone. and you can't find more. it's getting hard to pretend. the wave we ride tomorrow ends
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