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Writing Prompt #98 “Fast Car” March 15, 2015

Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)

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
Me myself I got nothing to prove

You got a fast car
I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money
Won’t have to drive too far
Just ‘cross the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living

See my old man’s got a problem
He live with the bottle that’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
His body’s too young to look like his
My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody’s got to take care of him
So I quit school and that’s what I did

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

So remember when we were driving driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
We go cruising, entertain ourselves
You still ain’t got a job
And I work in a market as a checkout girl
I know things will get better
You’ll find work and I’ll get promoted
We’ll move out of the shelter
Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs

So remember when we were driving driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids
I’d always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me find it
I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

So remember when we were driving driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so you can fly away?
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

 

I always found this to be a very emotional song, the lyrics are accessible there is no obfuscating melodramatic phrases it is real life and real emotions and it is powerful so have a listen (if possible) and a read. For this exercise I want you to write from the heart using simple easy to understand language.

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About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded I am 32 and married (almost 13 years) with a beautiful 5 year old daughter. Everyone thinks I'm a hippie.

18 comments on “Writing Prompt #98 “Fast Car” March 15, 2015

  1. phylor
    March 15, 2015

    That’s one of my favourite Tracy Chapman songs. I’m not sure folks would want to read what’s in my heart — understandable language or not.

    • mindlovemisery
      March 15, 2015

      I knew this song could bring out some very heavy, dark, emotional responses
      but that is what I am looking for

      • phylor
        March 15, 2015

        I’ve written mine — a confessional, but more a sharing than the deep, dark stuff that’s there too.

      • phylor
        March 15, 2015

        PS: I haven’t posted yet. Kinda scary, even if I’ve said in many ways before.

      • mindlovemisery
        March 15, 2015

        Whenever you are ready to share I know sometimes we have to sit on things for a spell and decide if it is something we are ready to share. There are no rating restrictions here
        but if you feel you need to add a warning do so

  2. julespaige
    March 15, 2015

    One of the few songs I think I actually know I’ve heard.
    …Might be able to incorporate it ‘the fast car’ – honesty of self can be scary. But it did remind me of earlier days in my life that I’d rather not repeat.

    Life goes by too fast as it is. Good to hang on to times that have some sense of calm.

    • mindlovemisery
      March 15, 2015

      I will look forward to reading Jules. I have my own regrets about things I have done some of which I still cannot write or speak about

  3. humbird
    March 15, 2015

    Inspiring song! Thank you!

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  5. julespaige
    March 15, 2015

    Took ‘Fast car’ and ‘heart(less)’ to add to my Brian Strong series.
    https://julesinflashyfiction.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/source-brian-strong-fiction-haibun-3-15/

    Nothing about me. 🙂

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  7. Heather
    March 15, 2015

    Ah, the music of my life 🙂 This came out while I was in college & was very popular on campus …

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  9. hitandrun1964
    March 15, 2015

    Love her. She kind of dropped out of sight after making a splash. She’s a great songwriter/singer. I have her albums/CDs. Thank you for the song:)

    • mindlovemisery
      March 22, 2015

      Thank you, I heard a remake of the song lately and it made remember and seek out the original

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  11. Jen
    March 16, 2015

    This brings back such powerful memories —-

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