Fast Car di Tracy Chapman

r-444072-1283900326-jpegNel 1988 sulla scena musicale statunitense prima e poi mondiale, si impone Tracy Chapman, una cantautrice che arriva da Cleveland, città industriale in Ohio, che con la sua musica di denuncia e la sua voce particolare in pochissimo tempo conquista le vette del billboard. Il suo primo album, che semplicemente si chiama come lei, ha due hit che sono rimasti memorabili: Talking abut a Revolution e Fast Car.

L’ultimo brano, proposto come primo singolo della cantante, ha vinto numerosi premi come singolo compreso un Grammy Award.

img_2821La canzone è una denuncia a una vita misera, povera e senza prospettive. La narratrice del brano racconta della propria esistenza, dove la madre abbandona la famiglia e lei stessa si deve prendere cura del padre alcolizzato. Ma c’è un riscatto, la possibilità di andarsene, di evadere: il sogno americano di rivincita, di possibilità di farcela. Nel ritornello lei insiste a dire di voler diventare qualcuno, essere qualcuno di fronte al nulla che ha vissuto fin a ora in termini umani e pratici.

tracy-chapman-feet-137102La rivista Rolling Stone ha posto la canzone Fast Car alla posizione 165 della Lista delle 500 migliori canzoni della storia.

 

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

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 that I could be someone
Had a feeling that I could be someone

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
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

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so we can fly away?
You 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 that I could be someone
Had a feeling that I could be someone
Be someone
Had a feeling that I could be someone

Compositori: Tracy L Chapman

Testo di Fast Car © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC