Galaxie

Album: Soup (1995)
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Songfacts®:

  • A Galaxie is a kind of car - a big piece of Detroit iron made by the Ford Motor Company. Lead singer Shannon Hoon owned a 1964 Ford Galaxie, which inspired the lyrics - he sings about the feeling of freedom and solace the car brought him.
  • Blind Melon bass player Brad Smith wrote the original version of this song, which was called "I'm A Freak." When he brought it to the band Shannon Hoon completely rewrote the lyrics. In our interview with Smith, he explained: "I think Shannon was inspired by my original lyric and went off on his own tangent and eventually just replaced all my lyrics, which is totally fine. Because his lyrics were better than the ones I had. Mine were kind of halfway worked out. Shannon kicked it across the finish line, which was awesome."
  • Brad Smith says that this song is "about just finding that place that makes you comfortable.," adding: "For Shannon it was a Galaxie car. But it's finding that place and that space in the world, after everything that Blind Melon had been through for everybody in the band, including Shannon, but it's finding that space where you're away from the stage and the road and the other band members. And you're finding a space in the world that just makes you feel at home."

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