Choo Choo
Arctic Monkeys Lyrics


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My baby wants to drive the train
But don't you let her, don't you let her touch the tracks
I said my baby wants to drive the train
Well all aboard yeah, and don't forget to mind the gap
Don't you let her, don't you know
She's sick and tired of
Being in the background, the passenger
Let her drive the train, oh!

Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive the train?
Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive the train, yeah

She's setting off from platform four
Make your way down, we'll shut the door bout quarter to five
I said she's setting off from platform four
And they've decided that they're gonna let her drive

Don't you let her, don't you know
She's sick and tired of
Being in the background, the passenger
Let her drive the train, oh!

Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive the train, oh...
Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive my train, yeah

Choo Choo!
Choo Choo!




Choo Choo!
Choo Choo!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Arctic Monkeys' song "Choo Choo" combine playful imagery with a deeper theme of gender roles and empowerment. The song's protagonist, referred to as "my baby," longs to take control and drive the train herself. However, the singer warns against allowing her to actually touch the tracks. This is a metaphor for the barriers that women may face in male-dominated spaces, as they are often held back by societal norms and expectations.


The chorus of the song repeatedly asks, "Why don't you let her drive the train?" This is a plea to relinquish control and let women take charge of their own lives. The verses describe the baby's journey as she sets off from platform four and takes control of her own destiny. By the end of the song, the singer is encouraging the listener to let her drive his train, suggesting a broader call to action to support women's empowerment.


Overall, "Choo Choo" is a catchy and upbeat song that invites listeners to dance along while also delivering a powerful message about gender equality.


Line by Line Meaning

My baby wants to drive the train
The singer's partner wants to take charge and lead the way.


But don't you let her, don't you let her touch the tracks
The singer is unsure if their partner is ready for such a responsibility and is hesitant to trust them with it.


I said my baby wants to drive the train
Reiterating that the partner has expressed interest in taking control.


Well all aboard yeah, and don't forget to mind the gap
The artist is ready to start this journey, but reminds everyone to be careful and attentive.


Don't you let her, don't you know
The artist is warning others to be cautious and not let their partner take over without proper consideration.


She's sick and tired of
The partner is feeling frustrated and fed up with their current role in the relationship/situation.


Being in the background, the passenger
The partner has been in a passive or secondary position and wants to have more agency and control.


Let her drive the train, oh!
The artist ultimately decides to let their partner take the lead and see where it goes, with excitement and maybe even a bit of trepidation.


Choo Choo!
An exclamation signaling the start of the journey.


Why don't you let her drive the train?
A rhetorical question asking for others to consider giving the partner more responsibility and trust.


She's setting off from platform four
The partner is taking the first step and starting the journey.


Make your way down, we'll shut the door bout quarter to five
Advice to make sure everyone is ready to go and nothing is left behind, as the journey is about to start.


And they've decided that they're gonna let her drive
Others have seen the partner's potential and given them the green light to take control.


Choo Choo!
Repeating the earlier exclamation to emphasize the momentum of the journey.


Why don't you let her drive my train, yeah
Another rhetorical question asking for trust and respect to be given to the partner.


Choo Choo!
Repeating the exclamation one last time to punctuate the end of the song and the start of the journey.




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@CamVonBarren

My baby wants to drive the train
But don't you let her, don't you let her touch the tracks
I said my baby wants to drive the train
Well all aboard yeah, and don't forget to mind the gap
Don't you let her, don't you know
She's sick and tired of
Being in the background, the passenger
Let her drive the train, oh!

Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive the train?
Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive the train, yeah

She's setting off from platform four
Make your way down, we'll shut the door bout quarter to five
I said she's setting off from platform four
And they've decided that they're gonna let her drive

Don't you let her, don't you know
She's sick and tired of
Being in the background, the passenger
Let her drive the train, oh!

Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive the train, oh...
Choo Choo!
Why don't you let her drive my train, yeah

Choo Choo!
Choo Choo!
Choo Choo!
Choo Choo!



All comments from YouTube:

@catgirlleah

WHY IS THIS NOT ON SPOTIFY ITS SO GOOD

@marktenney2594

Facts same with knock a door run and nettles

@okayjango

they never release it, or probably too soon. cuz it's a demo and unreleased tracks

@stxmseb

​@@marktenney2594knock is not on Spotify. Nettles is actually there

@gnarlyyarii7039

@@marktenney2594i’m pretty sure nettles is released so you can find it

@thatswhymyfatherleft

@@marktenney2594nettles is on spotify though

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@user-rd6vu

The kind of rough edge to his voice in this era is gorgeous

@skeletronas5867

I agree

@Alpha_7227

First time I have heard this song. Love it! Why can't they write more like these. Just fun!

@shuraaki

​@@Alpha_7227 i mean this song is almost 20 years old so

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