Song: Fast Car
Artist: Tracy Chapman
Album: Tracy Chapman (1988)
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This song has always made me feel something. According to this article on Metro Weekly, Fast Car is a folk-rock song and a “heartrending tale of a woman desperate to escape the gripping cycle of poverty” and “personalizes the working poor who are often caricatured by those who don’t understand what it’s like to walk in their shoes.” You can read all the lyrics here. And here’s a video of her performing it live.