"5ive Gears In Reverse" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Five gears in reverse
For girls looking at the big lift
Somebody send out for the night nurse
Please don`t stick me on the late shift
If you don`t know by now
Nobody`s gonna tell you
If you don`t know by now
The shock will probably kill you

But if your patience is corrupted and you still cannot decide
You`re sitting in the garage contemplating suicide
And you have no motivation you can`t even catch your breath
All of this acceleration is driving you to death

Five gears in reverse
You think I don`t know what I`m doing
Another fashionable first
Like walking down the road to ruin
But if you`re safe and sound
Don`t let me interrupt you
And if you`re gagged and bound
Well how can I corrupt you

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"5ive Gears in Reverse" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentLOVE this song. I think it's about drug use: "The big lift" and "the road to ruin"

    "If you're gagged and bound,
    how can I corrupt you?" in other words - if you're doing silly things (maybe while on drugs) how can anyone make you even worse? And "FIVE GEARS IN REVERSE" is perhaps about drugs take you backwards - never forwards. Maybe. I've listened to this song for many years and never thought about it.
    FLY2venuson November 10, 2008   Link

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