Canciones que nos emocionan: Fast Car, Tracy Chapman

Fast Car, Tracy Chapman


     11 de junio de 1988, estadio de Wembley, Londres (Reino Unido), concierto tributo celebrando el 70 cumpleaños de Nelson Mandela. Una joven de 24 que en abril de ese año había publicado bajo el sello discográfico Elektra Records su primer álbum de estudio formaba parte del amplio elenco de artistas que ese día iban a actuar, tales como Sting, George Michael, Eurythmics, Al Green, Joe Cocker, Wet Wet Wet, Bryan Adams, Bee Gees, UB40, Sly, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder ó Whitney Houston entre otros muchos.

Llegado el turno, Tracy acompañada de su guitarra interpretó tres temas de su repertorio, Why?, Behinf The Wall y Talkin' Bout A Revolution, todos pertenecientes a su primer álbum y que había publicado apenas un par de meses antes. Después de su actuación Tracy pensó que ya podía relajarse y disfrutar del resto del concierto, un concierto al que todavía le quedaba mucha tela por delante. Sin embargo entrada la noche y avanzado el concierto Tracy no se esperaba que debido a un retraso con la preparación de la actuación de Stevie Wonder iba a ser llamada ella y subida de nuevo al escenario para cubrir aquella pequeña demora. Y allí ataviada de nuevo con su guitarra acústica interpretó Fast Car, otro de esos temas que a mí tanto me emocionan.

Rápidamente aquél tema se convirtió en un rotundo éxito y catapultó la carrera de la genial artista, alcanzando con este tema el puesto número 6 en la famosa lista americana Billboard Hot 100. La revista Rolling Stone en 2010 situaría este tema en el puesto número 167 de de Las 500 mejores canciones de todos los tiempos. El álbum debut de Tracy, tiulado Tracy Chapman consiguió varios discos de platino a ambos lados del Altántico y fue premiado con tres premios Grammy. Tracy se convertiría en uno de los artistas más destacados de las giras de Amnistía Internacional en pro de los Derechos Humanos.

Fast Car se encuentra incluido en el álbum debut de la artista estadounidense, publicado el 5 de abril de 1988, y aunque pueda parecer que el tema habla de coches, en realidad trata de una relación que no funciona pues ha comenzado desde el lugar equivocado, a la vez que nos relata la la historia de una mujer trabajadora que intenta escapar de la pobreza con su música.

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 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 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
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 to entertain ourselves
You still ain't got a job
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
I remember 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
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 would find it
I got no plans I ain't going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving
I remember 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
I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone
You got a fast car

But is it fast enough so you can fly away
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

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