zaterdag 29 november 2014

zielzwijmel

Toen Tracy Chapman op eens opkwam, was ik meteen erg onder de indruk.
Wat zij in haar grootste hit Fastcar vertelt, gaat niet alleen over een kassameisje met slechte toekomstkansen, maar ook over zichzelf. Ze heeft ook geen goede start als dochter van een alleenstaande moeder, die altijd geldgebrek had. Gelukkig heeft Tracy wel kunnen studeren en werd ze naast artieste ook sociaal activiste.
Het succes van de eerste jaren heeft zich niet herhaald, maar ze treedt nog steeds op, maakt platen en is aktief op allerlei gebieden en een graag geziene  artieste op allerlei festivals.

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

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

You see my old man's got a problem
He lives 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 were driving driving in your car
The 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
And I had feeling I could be someone
Be someone
Be someone

You got a fast car
We go cruising to entertain ourselves
You still ain't got a job and I work in a market as a check-out 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 were driving driving in your car
The 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
And I had 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 were driving driving in your car
The 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
And I had 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
You leave tonight or live and die this way

9 opmerkingen:

  1. Oooh, ja geweldig Tracy Chapman!
    Mooi de uitleg die je erbij zet, ik wist niet dat het ook over haarzelf ging.

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  2. Lekker nummer. Ik herinner het me vaag. Fijn weekend.

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  3. Zo zie je maar weer, ieder huis heeft zijn kruis. En sommigen weten dat kruis heel goed te dragen en er het beste uit te halen.

    Fijn weekend

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  4. Hèt liedje van de studiereis naar de Provence, zo intens genoten en daarna altijd heimwee gehad....prachtig nummer! Geweldige artieste!
    Goede keuze Vlasje(knik ik ;)

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  5. Mooi lied met een boodschap, heel overtuigend gebracht. Ik herinner het me wel, maar het viel net buiten mijn diepere muzikale interesse destijds.

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