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Saturday, 03 October 2009

FAST CAR







"Fast Car" is a Grammy-winning song by the American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her self-titled 1988 debut album Tracy Chapman. Her appearance on the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was the catalyst for the song becoming a Top 5 hit in the US, peaking at Number 5 on the Hot 100, and a top 10 hit the UK, peaking at Number 6 on the UK chart. The song was nominated for several Grammies including the Grammy for "Song Of The Year" and "Record Of The Year". The song won a Grammy for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". The song is a narrative tale of generational poverty. The song's narrator tells the story of her hard life, which begins when her mother divorces her jobless, alcoholic father, forcing the narrator to quit school in order to care for him. Eventually, she leaves her hometown with her boyfriend in hopes of making a better life. Despite her employment at a grocery store, she falls victim to the cycle of poverty, as her life begins to mirror her mother's: her boyfriend remains largely unemployed and becomes an alcoholic. She is left alone with her children while her boyfriend spends time drinking with his friends. Finally, after getting a job that will support her family, she has an epiphany. Despite wishing for a better life, she must make the best of her situation, and tells her boyfriend to take his "fast car and keep on driving." The final refrain is sung in variation, changing from "We gotta make a decision, leave tonight or live and die this way" to "You gotta make a decision, leave tonight or live and die this way."

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  2. I got in my fast car and I've made my decision to drive away!

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  3. I LOVE THIS SONG. So deep, need to hear more from her

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  4. I adore Tracy's music her music makes you think and gives us courage after break-ups,

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  5. HA! You've just suprised me with this one. Tracy Chapman? Do you love her music?

    She's one of those artists that I think many people would not even remember, like Joan Amatrading. But then again, YOU are not many people now are you?

    Gayte-keepr. You sure are something.

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  6. 'A complicated melody', that's who you are.

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  7. FUZZY - READING YOUR BLOG I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN...

    EXAMINEDLIFE - YEAH IT IS A DEEP SONG...WE NEED TO HEAR MORE FROM HER INDEED...

    CHET - YEAH IT DOES

    MISS SHALLOTTE - I LOVE HER MUSIC, SHE IS AN ARTIST THAT YOU CAN'T DENY NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY...I KNOW THAT I AM A COMPLICATED MELODY...

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