Fast Car

If your introduction to the song Fast Car is via Luke Combs, welcome!

Seek out the 0riginal by Tracy Chapman.

I heard M. Combs version several times on a recent road trip. It is fine and pleasant and staid. It lacks the essence and latent energy of the original. It would have been interesting if M. Combs could have done something new with it.

As it is, it is a song written and performed by a Black woman precisely covered by a White man, apparently on purpose.

Aside from that, I remember my Mom being enamored of the song and M. Chapman when Fast Car was released. I didn’t care for it, I said. But I did. Then when Give Me One Reason came out, how could I not give voice to my enjoyment?


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