This song is sung from the perspective of a young man who wants to escape his town. It's a very American sentiment, as the country has so much opportunity, but many people lack the means to ever leave their small towns. The character in this story has a brother who got out by earning a football scholarship, but he is stuck working at the gas station and dreams of one day driving away in his Chevy.
The song is similar in theme to many of Bruce Springsteen's compositions, including "Racing In The Street
," and the Muppets classic "Rainbow Connection
," where Kermit dreams of leaving the swamp - Steve Earle
even uses the rainbow image in the line, "I wanna know what's over that rainbow."
Dan - Saint Paul, MN