I heard on the radio once, this male DJ was giving his ‘indepth’ review on Chapman’s Fast Car by saying that it is a love song. Just that.
Felt like slapping him on the head. Fast Car is a song about escapism or the desire to escape from harsh reality. About surpressed dreams.
Probably more on the escapism part.
I think it’s a mix of escapism and optimism. She is so sure there’ll be a better life if they go away.
Optimism in harsh reality.