What does Locked In The Trunk Of A Car mean?

Search Login

The Tragically Hip: Locked In The Trunk Of A Car Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

Get "Locked In The Trunk Of A Car" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

Locked In The Trunk Of A Car Lyrics

Play "Locked In The Trunk Of A Car"
on Amazon Music

They don't know how old I am
Found armour in my belly
From the 16th century
Conquistador, I think
They don't know how old I am
They found armour in my belly
Passion out of machine-revving tension
Lashing out at machine-revving tension



    click a star to vote
    Oct 12th, 18:00 report

    It would be interesting if about patty hearst , pretending to want
    Ouuuuuut. Letmeout.


    click a star to vote
    Jun 25th, 6:54pm report

    He's talking about this Alligator that was really old and hiding from the modern world... but forgot or protected the way back home... lol


    click a star to vote
    Nov 1st, 2017 11:28pm report

    i always thought of it as a metaphor for all the dark things we carry with us in life. our conscience never lets us escape the dark places in which we find ourselves.


    click a star to vote
    Oct 22nd, 2017 10:14am report

    Waaaay overthinking it (natural when one tries glean meaning from obscure works that one considers the product of genius)

    It's just a dark homage to a mad serial killer in the first person.


    click a star to vote
    Oct 18th, 2017 10:34am report

    Those lyrics , if they are about Laporte's death, are so obscure and meaningless that the song has no interest , even as a metaphor for Gordon's human condition ! No point of view just confusion and clichés .


    click a star to vote
    Aug 13th, 2016 8:46am report

    Confirmed by Gord Downie himself, this song is about the FLQ and their abduction of a former Government Minister Pierre LaPorte (my history isn't great anymore but I think LaPore was Quebec's Labour Minister) back in the 1970s when Pierre Trudeau was the Prime Minister, eventually leading The War Measures Act being invoked in Quebec.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 16th, 2013 4:09pm report

    I think Gord is talking about losing his inhibitions so he can dig deep inside and reveal himself and be as honest as he can be when writing. When he says,"Its better for us if you don't understand", he means that if the masses were uninhibited then people wouldn't need artists to live vicariosly through. He feels like he is locked in a trunk but he, "dumps the body". This rids himself of inhibitions and he can write honestly.

More The Tragically Hip song meanings »


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

The Night We Met anonymous
Burning House anonymous
2 Heads anonymous
You Want It Darker dixocat
Back on the Chain Gang anonymous
Stairway To Heaven anonymous
Who Knew anonymous
Kids In The Dark anonymous
Look At Me! anonymous
Awake My Soul anonymous
Beautiful anonymous
Let It Fly anonymous
Bohemian Rhapsody jarlie
Big Girls Cry jarlie
Always anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Lil Wayne
Used 2
Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
Perfect Strangers
Lil Wayne
What About Me
Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
This Feeling
Chainsmokers, The
Lil Wayne