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Tracy Chapman: Fast Car Meaning

Song Released: 1988


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Fast Car Lyrics

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere

Any place is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something
But me myself I got nothing to prove

You got...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2021 report

    I think this song is about the deeper reality of poverty existing physically as well as mentality with the impoverished. The struggle out of poverty is a long road full of unforseen struggles that a person often ends up struggling with alone, as they seem to always be surrounded by poverty when not physically, mentally.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2018 report

    A man and a woman want to escape and live their lives together away from everyone and everything to start over new but she continues to work for at the market as a check out girl they never end up together because either he died in a car accident or found someone else

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  3. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2018 report

    It's about hope and dreams. Hope for a better life and dreams that go beyond the dull everyday life. Without hope there is no life even though ''we ain't going nowhere'' and everything will remain the same. No escape.

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 15th 2017 report

    I think the meaning of this song speaks to the cycle of addiction and how we often find ourselves in the same situations as our parents when we do not address the dysfunction of our past.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 5th 2016 report

    My interpretation of this is a young couple living in a big city such as LA who want to escape the concrete jungle where they feel trapped and oppressed, spread their wings, get better jobs and see what its like to be living. Classic song from the 80's

  6. anonymous
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    May 4th 2011 report

    like a new relationship that to you is like a light at the end of the tunnel you were living in. you start imagining what you can finally be and do and achieve, so you say "to hell past life" and you pick up and go, filled with hope and you feel invincable.
    you start off from sratch, then realize in the end, you're still in that tunnel, it's just a different scenery... at least this first person had a chance to know what it feels like to have a dream.


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