To be honest, I could probably do a half-dozen songs from Alien Lanes, so just because I’m not writing about songs like “As We Go Up, We Go Down,” “A Salty Salute,” “My Valuable Hunting Knife” or Tobin Sprout’s “Little Whirl” doesn’t mean I don’t love them, it just means that I’m probably already doing too many GBV songs as it is.
That said, there was no way I wasn’t going to write about the two minutes of power pop glory that is “Motor Away.”
Over churning guitars that sound like you just need to close the car windows to make them seem clearer, “Motor Away” is basically a cheerful-sounding break-up song.
When you motor away beyond the once-red lips
When you free yourself from the chance of a lifetime
You can be anyone they told you to
You can belittle every little voice that told you so
And then the time will come when you add up the numbers
And then the time will come when you motor away
It seems like he’s fighting against the tide here. He knows that the motoring away is going to happen, but he hasn’t quite come to terms with it, until he does. At that point, he pointedly asks.
“Oh, why don’t you just driiiiive awayyyyyyyyyyy?”
The second time Pollard sings that, he appends a joyful “c’mon!” to it, and with the guitars still churning, it looks like he’s the one who has decided to motor away.
Official video for “Auditorium / Motor Away”
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