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Van Halen: Panama Meaning


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Song Released: 1984

Panama Lyrics

Oh yeah
Aah ha aah

Jump back, what's that sound?
Here she comes full blast and top down
Hot shoe burnin' down the avenue
Model citizen, zero discipline
Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'll lose her in the turn
I'll get...


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    Jun 14th, 6:34pm report

    You all are wrong. Also parcally right. I met Pete Angelis outside Cobol. I was 17 and Pete was VH's sound man. One time Dave's enemy turned into best friend then partners as the other half of the Picasso bros. Now, you'll have to ask one of them what's up. I have no dog in that fight or race. Big Eddie was their bodyguard. Wonder how he's doing. Anyway. I'm from Detroit. I mean DETROIT. Not the suburbs, Warren, St Clair Shores or any west side Detroit or it's suburbs. Farmington . East side. Davison / Mound. I did 4 hour's with Van Halen Dave era. Then 2 Dave solo tours. Trust me. Tycoons and a dancer named Madison does have lot's to do with it. After the fact. But no. It's really about setting your mind on something you're told no, you can't have it. From a girl to anything. Then like saying I'll bet you 5 bucks, watch this... I'll get her. Then making that you can't, or no, into your Bitch! Dave is a really smart guy. So smart, most people don't know what he means or what did he say? Lol. I used a family friends address to go to school at Lincoln. After problems at Osborn and Denby. I learned more from Dave then all schools put together, including pershing on 7 and Ryan. True story. Along with Madison who lives in Orange County CA. PS. She has my two son's..


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    May 11th, 5:51pm report

    its about the rockstar life because when this album came out, the band did alot of coke and the ease the seat back part is about getting laid


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    Jun 2nd, 2018 6:06pm report

    Ease the seat back. So she can taste your shaft while driving down the road


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    Mar 25th, 2018 3:19am report

    When I was a little kid, I probably thought Van Halen’s song “Panama” was about the country or the canal. In fact I probably didn’t care what it meant, because at that age i just figured rock stars sang whatever they wanted whether it made sense or not. It wasn’t until I got a little older and understood the song’s lyrics, and VH’s word tricks a little better that I realized that “Panama’ wasn’t about Panama. It was just about your ma. lol


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    Feb 23rd, 2018 2:55pm report

    A good looking woman in a nice car picks him up is my interpretation.


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    Feb 13th, 2018 2:22am report

    No guys, It's about picking up a stripper and taking her home.


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    Oct 14th, 2013 10:12pm report

    It's about drivin' in a badass car...Van Halen being Van Halen...lol. I agree with DangDog, though. :p


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    Aug 8th, 2010 8:14pm report

    The song is about a kickass car, and getting high in the kickass car. 'Nuff said.

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