Who Drove the Red Sports Car
Van Morrison Lyrics


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Who drove the red sports car from the mansion
And laid upon the grass in summer time
And who done me out high time fashion
And made me read between the lines
And who said follow the man it's your only chance
Sit on your throne, you got to make it on your own, on your own

And who said
Look at you, look at you
You got jam on your face and
Who did your homework and read your Bible,
And signed your name everyplace and
Who said fortunes untold don't go by gold,
You're much better known
You got to make it on your own, on your own.

And do you remember, do you remember
I said a long time ago when I came walkin' down
I came walkin' down
Maggie's place
It started comin' on rain,
It started comin' on rain,
'Cause I had nothin' on but a shirt
And a pair of pants
And I was gettin' wet,
And I was gettin' wet,
Saturated, saturated
And Maggie opened up the window
And Jane swung out her right arm,
She said, Hi! I said, Hi! ya.
How're your doin' baby.
She said, Come on in out of the rain
Come on in out of the rain, Lord,
Come on in out of the rain.

Sit down by the fireside
Dry yourself,
Do, do it,
I got caught,




I got caught,
In a bag.

Overall Meaning

The song "Who Drove the Red Sports Car" by Van Morrison is a thought-provoking reflection on the human experience of feeling lost and vulnerable in a rapidly changing world. The song begins with a line that sets the scene for the rest of the piece: "Who drove the red sports car from the mansion and laid upon the grass in summertime?" The image of the red sports car immediately evokes a sense of luxury and excess - a commodity that only the wealthy could afford. The reference to summer suggests youth and freedom, but it is contrasted by the melancholic tone that follows. The singer is lamenting a loss, a betrayal, or perhaps a missed opportunity.


The lyrics then take a turn toward introspection as the singer wonders who has led him astray and invites him to read between the lines. The phrase "follow the man it's your only chance" hints at a cult-like mentality that has led the singer off course. The repeated line "on your own" reminds us that we are ultimately responsible for our own futures and that we must chart our own course.


The song then moves to a reflection on innocence and the loss of childhood wonder. The mention of jam on the face and signed names suggests a time of childhood, where everything seemed simpler and more innocent. The phrase "fortunes untold don't go by gold" reminds us that there is more to life than material possessions and that true riches come from other sources.


The final verse of the song returns to the opening image of the rain and the storm. The singer recalls a time when he was caught in the rain with nothing but a shirt and pants. He seeks refuge in a place called Maggie's, where he is welcomed by friendly faces and a warm fire. The final line, "I got caught in a bag" is cryptic and open to interpretation. Perhaps it is a reference to feeling trapped or suffocated by the pressures of the world, or perhaps it is simply a nonsensical image meant to leave the listener pondering.


Line by Line Meaning

Who drove the red sports car from the mansion
Who was the person who drove the red sports car from the mansion?


And laid upon the grass in summer time
This person also lay on the grass in summer time.


And who done me out, high time fashion
Who cheated me in a big way?


And made me read between the lines
This person made me look for a deeper meaning.


And who said follow the man, it's your only chance
Who advised me to follow someone, saying it's my only chance?


Sit on your throne, you got to make it on your own, on your own
They also told me to sit on my throne and make it on my own.


And who said look at you, look at you
Who commented on my appearance?


You got jam on your face
I had some jam on my face, as it seems.


And who did your homework and read your Bible, and signed your name everyplace
Who did my homework, read my Bible and signed my name everyplace?


And who said fortunes untold don't go by gold
Who said that fortunes untold don't go by gold?


You're much better known, you got to make it on your own, on your own.
They also said that I am well-known and should make my own way.


And do you remember, do you remember
Do you recall this instance?


I said a long time ago when I came walkin' down, I came walkin' down Maggie's place
I mentioned this before, when I walked down Maggie's place.


It started comin' on rain, it started comin' on rain, 'Cause I had nothin' on but a shirt and a pair of pants, and I was gettin' wet
It started raining on me because I had nothing besides a shirt and pants, and I was getting wet.


Saturated, saturated, and Maggie opened up the window, and Jane swung out her right arm
I got completely soaked, and then Maggie opened the window while Jane waved her arm.


She said, Hi! I said, Hi! ya. How're your doin' baby.
Maggie welcomed me, and I reciprocated with greeting and a question about how she's doing.


She said, Come on in out of the rain, Come on in out of the rain, Lord, Come on in out of the rain.
Maggie asked me to come in out of the rain.


Sit down by the fireside, Dry yourself, Do, do it, I got caught, I got caught in a bag.
She told me to sit by the fireside and dry off, and then something happened to me that 'caught me in a bag.'




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Written by: VAN MORRISON

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