Album: The Pleasure Principle (1979)
Charted: 1 9
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  • Here in my car
    I feel safest of all
    I can lock all my doors
    It's the only way to live in cars.

    Here in my car
    I can only receive
    I can listen to you
    It keeps me stable for days in cars.

    Here in my car
    Where the image breaks down
    Will you visit me please
    If I open my door in cars

    Here in my car
    You know I've started to think
    About leaving tonight
    Although nothing seems right in cars. Writer/s: Gary Anthony James Webb
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 22

  • Ignacio.herrera from Seattle.wa My favorite song. All of Gary Numan music is vary inspirational. He broke the mold he is a legend of his time .I like to see him come out in a space ship one day the ship lands the door way open.s then a million Gary Numan come marching out of the ship then he becomes one then starts to sing praying to aliens well he.s singing his mouth is glowing all different colors representing all different planets. Gary Numan beam me up. Newman noid.
  • Johnny from Boston, MaTo me Gary Numan is anything but a one-hit wonder. I spent my late teens and twenties (1979-1988) listening to his music constantly. I still have a ball playing "Me? I Disconnect From You" on the guitar along with my keyboard-playing buddy and we actually get giddy. Foo Fighters did a worthy version of "Down in the Park" and there's always the Basement Jaxx's use of sampling in "Where's Your Head At?" That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I have always considered his music the perfect combination of deeply personal expression and very expansive thought. But, I guess it's how much the public liked it that determines what's a hit, right?
  • Nik from Seattle, Wa.This song is deep... lots of social commentary on the way technology can be used to dehumanize others which serves as an outlet for people's dark side to come out (trolling/cyber-bullying, identity theft, road rage, etc.) and can also be used to tune out from real life and hide from a world that you either don't understand or feel threatened by. If the synth pop sound is not your thing, look up the live performance of Gary Numan doing the song with Nine Inch Nails or the Fear Factory cover. Sounds so cool when the synth line is just a layer on top of live instruments.

    Also... ignore the weirdo that said Numan is a "Bowie Clone". That's absurd, and just an ignorant thing to say. Yes they are both from the UK, yes they both wore eye-liner...ok. Everything from their sound to their stage presence is a world apart. Check out Numan's more recent work too... it has evolved with the technology over the years, and some of the stuff he's written since the mid-90's is so damn dark that it's not something I can listen to a lot without being infected by the feelings of betrayal, anger, and hopelessness expressed when it gets into songs like "little invitro". dark. stuff.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 30th 1980, Gary Numan performed "Cars" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
    Three months earlier on February 10th, 1980 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #81; and on June 1st it peaked at #9 (for 3 weeks) and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (25 weeks)...(and for 7 of those 23 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It was his only Top 100 record, but he charted 39 times on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    Mr. Numan, born Gary Anthony James Webb, celebrated his 56th birthday two months ago on March 8th, 2014.
  • Cliff from Oakdale, NyAlthough Gary is talented he is trying to be a David Bowie clone. Notice his make up including eye shadow and eye liner. His name has the same amount of syllables as David Bowie and same kind of flow, his clothes and hair are simular to what David Bowie wore at that time .He is playing that soft male or almost female version of the laid back rockstar exactly likeBowie at the time. Great song though.
  • Miles from West Linn, OrFantastic song that I cannot get out of my head. Also, Gary Numan singing this song with NIn is AMAZING!
  • Dave from Easton, PaNuman was the singer in the UK band Tubeway Army, THey had a hit record in England with "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
  • Jon from Enumclaw , WaOne of the better songs of the 80s.
  • Mark from Byrdstown, TnFor one song Numan captured lightning in a bottle and created a catchy song that still sounds good today.One of the few songs of that era that I can stomach.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesA remixed version of this song returned Gary to the UK Top 20 in May 1996 after the song was used in a popular Carling Premium Lager commercial which continued to be screened in the UK until 1999
  • Kayley from LondonI like this song, but it sounds so much cooler in The Mighty Boosh as Vince's ringtone!
  • Jack from Mesa, AzI thought i read a long time ago, and reading the lyrics it seems like it could be true, that this is about actually living in a car
  • Salamander from Panama Canal Zone, United StatesIt's true that "Cars" was a radio hit before MTV. This song seemed like a novelty at the time, but now it seems like the most accurate musical description of the 20th Century. It sounds at once retro and futuristic, and the lyrics have more resonance today than ever.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI thought this was called "Here in My Car" and I could not find it on songfacts. Love the synthesizer part in the middle.
  • Dylan from Perth, AustraliaThe heavy metal band Fear Factory do a much better version of this alredy good song.
  • Billy from Albany, Ga"Numan made a video for this with special effects that look ridiculous now, but were cutting edge in 1979. When MTV went on the air in 1981, it was one of about 200 videos they had, so they played it over and over. This made the song a hit in the US."

    That is a ridiculous statement. The song was a hit in the spring of 1980. Believe me I was there. MTV debuted in Aug 1981. Killer retro-active hit making dudes!
  • Chris from Charleston, ScThe squeeling lead sound comes from the "Vox Humana" preset on the Moog Polymoog Keyboard synthesizer.
  • Grace from Fairfax Station, VaI like how this song seems like it's just another wierd techno song but really carries a meaningful message about car obsession within it.
  • Johnny from Rockland, MaI like the fear factory version of this song. it's better than the original.
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InThis song use to be one of my favorites back in the day. I never really understood it as a kid, but loved the way it was different sounding then alot of music of that day. It brings back many a memory of playing early arcade games and plopping a quater in the juke box to hear this wonderful tune.
  • Peter from Fort Worth, TxI thought it was funny when numan was talking about the song and said he was being called the "king of techno" or something and he said he didn't even like the music.
  • Harmless from Barrington, Ri"Cars" is now on several car commercials due to the line 'I feel safest of all' and also a Little Debbie commercial and the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The song is supposed to give you the idea of being a human synthesizer and, like some other Numan songs, about being alone or locked away.
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