Tracy Chapman - fast car Video (question and answers)

@jess368 (3368)
United States
April 11, 2009 7:41pm CST The sociological imagination focuses on the interrelationship between individuals and society, and how social issues affect individuals. This is a major theme in "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman. Please watch the music video, paying close attention to the lyrics and visuals. Then, answer the following questions: 1. What is the main message of this music video? That is, what do you think Chapman is trying to tell us? 2. What social issues are addressed in this music video? 3. What do you think the title of this song, "Fast Car," symbolizes? Please pay close attention to how Chapman uses this term while listening to the song.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
12 Apr 09
This song made me think of those men who are so irresponsible that their daughters have to quit school and take low wage jobs to help out the family. It is all about irresponsibility and how someone else has to pay. In this the father is more interested in having a good time and making excuses why he cannot work, too old, wants to enjoy himself, and he has affairs with other women, thinks himself a man, but his daughter who should have gone on to college, has to quit school and make a living to support him.
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Yes, that is what the first part is about, but I think the song then goes on to say that she "marries" into the same situation where she still takes caer of herself, and her significant other. Maybe the fast car symbolizes what she feels like she should have done, but instead she is still living the life she didnt want... What do you think?