"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.
are going to hear today. or are you going to sit down and listen. to the voices in the air. or to the voice of perfect reason. surprised you don't float away sometimes. cause nothing ties you down at all. settled firmly in your sand. i'll soon see you washed away. there's a time and a place to close your eyes. but you've been doing that since the day of your birth. and the blind still complain of all they see. is it time for the deaf to stand. and tell us all they've heard. going to strap that filter on my mind. going to see how long it takes this time. to clog it up with all their bias. as the base subtly erodes. painting pictures in our minds. they're going to desensitize the mass. headed down this path to chains. going to inhale that poison gas. i've got the answers for you. but i've been known to lie. i write the questions that you wonder why
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