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Simon & Garfunkel: Baby Driver Meaning

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Baby Driver Lyrics

My daddy was the family bassman
My mamma was an engineer
And I was born one dark gray morn
With music coming in my ears
In my ears

They call me Baby Driver
And once upon a pair of wheels
Hit the road and I’m gone
What’s my number ?


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 29th 2017 report

    This song is clearly about sex. It is full of euphemisms for sex (come into my room and "play") and body parts ("engines" are, well, her engines). He even uses the word in the final verse, making the point that he's interested in her sex appeal, not her hairstyle.

    Most pop songs are, in some fashion about sex. "Ticket to Ride" by the Beatles? About prostitute sex. "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood? It's not about meditation. It's about sex. Strangely, the one song that's not about sex you'd think would be is George Michael's sex. That song is actually his protest against right-wing nationalist factions who violently opposed Balkan immigration to Greece in the 1990s. Give it another listen, you'll see.

  2. anonymous
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    May 3rd report

    A young hormonal teen fantasizing and masturbating about bringing a girl to his room to “play”. The imagery of his parents working and not being home along with the obvious imagery of a young girl with “pigtails”.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2023 report

    Sex, obviously. More specifically, masturbation. But, and here's the bit I never see anyone else say, he's talking about playing with her boobs. ("I wonder how your engines feel") For those of you with no idea how a car is built - a car has one engine.

    Some have suggested pregnant women (Baby Driver), but I always saw it as more of a euphemism for grabbing boobs and 'going to town,' like a baby would. Both hands on the 'wheel(s)' if you will, and driving her (on top, I'd imagine) to "scoot down the road" and get him to his final destination.

    I don't interpret it this way, but I could see how one might read into it as he ghosts her after because he signs "scoot down the road, what's my number?" and one might imagine that is him leaving her behind. I always thought of it as more of a team event and he later wistfully ponders "I wonder how your engines feel?"

    In short, in my opinion, he's fantasizing about having sex with a girl, playing with her boobs, and using them to drive her to get him to the finish line.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2022 report

    I always thought it was about a young world champion driver in the US who was around 17 years old. At the end of the song you can hear the commentary... 'and the world champion' behind the sound of roaring engines. I played Simon and Garfunkel to death including this song. Love them, great music!

  5. melody_hunter
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    Aug 30th 2020 report

    A dude who wants to enjoy all the thrills of life, without much thought.
    The wind in his hair as he drives very fast, the thrill of getting to know a pretty girl, the masculinaty of gking to war, all fun but shallow moments of being high.
    Surprised no mention of drugs.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2020 report

    Sex, Sex and Sex all the way down the line. I wonder how your engines feel?

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2018 report

    It's a song about sex. Beautiful, lustful, teenage abandonment.
    Plain and simple. The car imagery is ripped off from Chuck Berry. He invented it...
    These guys had a great advantage over today's songwriters: a public school education from a time when kids actually learned to think in the abstract...

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2018 report

    I think it's just about young men who enjoy driving hot cars. The narrator describes his and the other parents of other teens who like fast cars. The energy and fast tempo is coming from sublimating the teenage boy's sexual energy into cars that he thinks will attract girls. This hot-cars culture of the 50's is the culture Simon and Garfunkel grew up in.

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2018 report

    It's about a young lustful teen.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 7th 2018 report

    Funny, "Harder Than Your Husband" by Frank Zappa is one for the few songs not about sex!

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2017 report

    Does no one see the sex with a little underage minor girl thing?
    "Come into my room and play..."
    "I'm not talking about your pig tails..."

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 5th 2017 report

    Banging pregnant chicks

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2017 report

    Nany Driver i about driving get-a-way cars for gangster heists!

  14. anonymous
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    May 21st 2017 report

    It appears to be Simon's parody of pop rock songs which he seems to see as being preoccupied with sex, often thinly veiled as romance. It is much more blunt than most pop songs, and a good deal less poetic than Simon's other songs.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2017 report

    It's about having to parent yourself while your parents are always away working.

  16. anonymous
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    Sep 3rd 2016 report

    It's about a struggle to keep your head above water when you are dealing with people who do no necessarily agree with you.

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