"In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway american dream. At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines. Sprung from cages out on highway nine. Chrome wheeled, fueled injected, and steppin' out over the line."
Explanation Here: There's nothing to do during the day except sit around and dream. At night they race in their cars
"H-Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back. Its a death trap, its a suicide rap. We gotta get out while were young. 'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run."
Explanation Here: Being stuck in a town with nowhere to go, your'e trapped.
"Yes, girl we were"
"Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend. I want to guide your dreams and visions. Just rap your legs 'round these velvet rims. And strap your hands 'cross my engines."
Explanation: He wants to leave but not alone, he doesn't want to leave her behind, so he asks her to trust him and come with.
"Together we could break this trap. We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back. H-Oh will you walk with me out on the wire. 'Cause baby i'm just a scared and lonely rider. But I gotta know how it feels. I wanna know if love is wild. Babe I wanna know if love is real."
"Oh can you show me."
Explanation: Together they can get out of the town, he's asking her to go with him because he's lonely and wants to know what love is like and if it's real.
"Beyond the palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard. Girls come their hair in review mirrors, and the boys try to look so hard. The amusement park rises bold and stark. Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist. I wanna die with you Wendy on the street tonight in an everlasting kiss."
"One, Two, Three, Four."
Explanation: Beyond his town hemi-powered cars race down the road. There's girls coming their hair and boys try to act tough. The future rises bold and he doesn't know what it holds. Their all together waiting for their chance. If they can't get out, he'd rather die there with Wendy.
"The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Everyone's out on the run tonight, but there's no place left to hide. Together Wendy we can live with the sadness, I'll love you with all the madness in my soul. H-oh someday girl I don't know when, were gonna get to that place, where we really wanna go. But till then tramps like us, baby we were born to run."
Explanation: Everyone's trying to escape the town but have nowhere to go, but there going to live through it together and someday he wants to take Wendy to where they want to be.
"Oh honey, tramps like us baby we were born to run. Come on with me, tramps like us baby we were born to run."
Theme: Escaping Mediocrity.
Poetic Language: Rhyme, Repetition, and Metaphor
Characteristics of a Ballad:
1. "Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend. I want to guide your dreams and visions. Just rap your legs 'round these velvet rims. And strap your hands 'cross my engines."
2. Repeated key phrases: "Baby, we were born to run."