Let’s Get Lyrical #23 – Gary Numan

You may already know this, but chronologically speaking, the seventies came before the eighties.  So this week, let us journey lyrically further back in time than ever before – to 1979, when Gary Numan released a song all about Cars.

Here in my car

He began, setting the scene

I feel safest of all

That’s odd.  You hear of people being involved in car accidents every day.  Cars may not be as bad in the mortality stakes as say heart disease, but they’re hardly the safest place to be.

I can lock all my doors
It’s the only way to live, in cars

No, Gazza.  It’s literally no way to live.

Here in my car
I can only receive

Presumably this refers to people passing you stuff in through the window out of sympathy.  “Hey, let’s take some food to the crazy dude who lives in his car – it’s Christmas Day!”

I can listen to you

Only if you drive very slowly alongside me with the window rolled down.  Not ideal.

It keeps me stable for days, in cars

Interesting definition of ‘stable’ you have there.

Here in my car
Where the image breaks down

I have no idea what this means.  I googled it and got a comic of a car breaking down.  A really bad one.

Will you visit me please?
If I open my door, in cars

This sounds like an invitation to visit him in a fleet of different cars, which is odd.  As a man so skint he has to live in a car, it seems odd he has more than one.  Rather than buying loads of motors and inviting people to visit you in them, why not put down a deposit on a flat?  You can fit more people in a flat than in a car.

Here in my car
I know I’ve started to think

DID IT HURT?!!!!!!!!!!11 LOL.

About leaving tonight

Leaving the safety of your car?  Surely not…

Although nothing seems right, in cars

Doesn’t that contradict everything you’ve said thus far?  One minute cars are the only place to live, and the next minute nothing seems right in them.  Gary Numan, so inscrutable right now.  Srs.

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