Fast Car by Tracy Chapman - Journeys Analysis

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Fast Car, originally composed and performed by Tracy Chapman in 1988, is a contemporary song that has captured the hearts of audiences of all ages around the world for decades. In this piece, the persona takes the listener on not only a physical, but also on an emotional and imaginative journey, as she tells us her story of desperate hope to escape the place she lives in order to make a better life for herself elsewhere, and the obstacles she must overcome to do so. Through this text, Chapman effectively communicates that searching for something better is often the reason we embark on a journey, as well as exploring the fact that taking a physical journey does not always mean that we escape the problems that exist in our life. She also…show more content…
Lastly, Chapman illustrates that even though a journey may not have given you what you thought it would, it will often bring newfound maturity, sense of reality and greater understanding of life. Throughout the whole song, the persona is shown as being very determined, and
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