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Tom Waits — The Heart of Saturday Night
Album: The Heart of Saturday Night
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8

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Total ratings: 1962









Released: 1974
Length: 3:49
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well you gassed her up
Behind the wheel
With your arm around your sweet one
In your oldsmobile
Barrelin' down the boulevard
You're looking for the heart of saturday night

And you got paid on friday
And your pockets are jinglin'
And you see the lights
You get all tinglin' cause you're cruisin' with a 6
And you're looking for the heart of saturday night

Then you comb your hair
Shave your face
Tryin' to wipe out ev'ry trace
All the other days
In the week you know that this'll be the saturday
You're reachin' your peak

Stoppin' on the red
You're goin' on the green
'cause tonight'll be like nothin'
You've ever seen
And you're barrelin' down the boulevard
Lookin' for the heart of saturday night

Tell me is the crack of the poolballs, neon buzzin?
Telephone's ringin'; it's your second cousin
Is it the barmaid that's smilin' from the corner of her eye?
Magic of the melancholy tear in your eye.

Makes it kind of quiver down in the core
'cause you're dreamin' of them saturdays that came before
And now you're stumblin'
You're stumblin' onto the heart of saturday night

Well you gassed her up
And you're behind the wheel
With your arm around your sweet one
In your oldsmobile
Barrellin' down the boulevard,
You're lookin' for the heart of saturday night

Is the crack of the poolballs, neon buzzin?
Telephone's ringin'; it's your second cousin
And the barmaid is smilin' from the corner of her eye
Magic of the melancholy tear in your eye.

Makes it kind of special down in the core
And you're dreamin' of them saturdays that came before
It's found you stumblin'
Stumblin' onto the heart of saturday night
And you're stumblin'
Stumblin onto the heart of saturday night
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"it's your second cousin" is the line that makes this for me
Jerry Jeff Walker has a great version live on A Man Must Carry On.
Tom really knows how to write a song.  Sublime.
 ThePoose wrote:
where is the smoke-infused, whisky-sodden voice I am so used to?
 waiting for those cigs and whisky to be consumed

 fraserji wrote:
Uncanny. Out for a motorcycle ride today with this song was going through my head and now it's on RP. How did Bill
know that? 
 
He always seems to know, man. Bill just has that knack...
This should be a 10 or above
 spacemoose wrote:
Damn the nostalgia this evokes.  I feel old.
 
Three years later.

Three years older.

I'm witcha man.
where is the smoke-infused, whisky-sodden voice I am so used to?
I could’ve swore this was Springsteen until I looked in surprise to find it Waits! Undoubtedly, a younger-voiced Tom at that. Thanks RP for the surprising discovery. :) And, does “cruising with a 6” refer to what I think that it does? (the old school, well established ritual of drinking and driving!)
This tape stayed in the cassette deck of my old VW for that entire summer of '75 as I spent my glorious 22nd year seeking waves up and down the East Coast.

Thanks, Tom, for the perfect soundtrack of a "wasted" year. 
Interesting to see the distribution of ratings. Shame on the out-liars!
love tom waits. more tom waits please.
 rpdevotee wrote:
Back when Tom Waits had a voice...
I think that cigarette in his mouth might be telling
 
I think he intentionally adopted the style and people responded well to it so it became his thing.

I like him a lot, but personally, I would rather he backed off the gravelly shtick.
 hayduke2 wrote:

dude that's Madeline Kahn ; )

 

She looks tired!
Uncanny. Out for a motorcycle ride today with this song was going through my head and now it's on RP. How did Bill
know that? 
Back when Tom Waits had a voice...
I think that cigarette in his mouth might be telling
 zedstation wrote:
1974?...isn't that Madonna on the cover?

 
dude that's Madeline Kahn ; )
 maxvonevil wrote:
Wow, Waits post Betty Ford?
Sure, the regular smokehouse/whiskeybarrel/traffic accident voice has it's own, ahem...properties, however you can actually listen to this without having to simultaneously run your nails over a blackboard to offset the audio trauma.
Proclivities wrote:

"Waits post Betty Ford"?  This is from his second album, from 1974, when he was likely drinking and smoking pretty heavily, and before his voice took on its more commonly-known characteristics.  Before he slept in the stable and woke up a little hoarse.

 
Pre or Post Ford clinic, you both made me laugh with this one.  And (without looking) I'm guessing this is his highest rated song at 8+

Peace, Love, RocknRoll, Drugs and Sex and Happiness in whatever order!


 maxvonevil wrote:
Wow, Waits post Betty Ford?
Sure, the regular smokehouse/whiskeybarrel/traffic accident voice has it's own, ahem...properties, however you can actually listen to this without having to simultaneously run your nails over a blackboard to offset the audio trauma.

 
"Waits post Betty Ford"?  This is from his second album, from 1974, when he was likely drinking and smoking pretty heavily, and before his voice took on its more commonly-known characteristics.  Before he slept in the stable and woke up a little hoarse.
Wow, Waits post Betty Ford?
Sure, the regular smokehouse/whiskeybarrel/traffic accident voice has it's own, ahem...properties, however you can actually listen to this without having to simultaneously run your nails over a blackboard to offset the audio trauma.
After tons of listens on RP from this one, I'm bumping it up to the 10 it deserves since the emotion of it got to me this last time. 
1974?...isn't that Madonna on the cover?
 2020sk wrote:
Despite the crass rhyme of neon buzzin with second cousin this is about as close to a painting as a song can get, ain't it?

 
nice way of putting it. yep. 
WOW! an almost listenable TW song!
God

 
Damn the nostalgia this evokes.  I feel old.
The Bard of Sonoma County!
Despite the crass rhyme of neon buzzin with second cousin this is about as close to a painting as a song can get, ain't it?
An obvious 10 for me

 
 ick wrote:

Old soul.

 
1. Old soul, scary bukowsquiesque soul. But beautiful mouse pad—thanks for the photo.
2. What is he building in  there? 
3. Big Time brought new meaning to the psychedelic concert film. 
 Cynaera wrote:
I first heard this as a remake by Shawn Colvin, and I loved it - until I heard the original.  Now, Colvin's version seems lame and unemotional...  Another reason why I'm a purist - most times, the originals are the best, most honest, most true...
 
miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...  can't speak for Madam Blue...

Good riddance, Mister Green. 
Sublime - still think 'Swordfish Trombones' is perhaps his best
Just hearing this brings me back to a time that I wasn't even in.
The heart of Saturday night? Gotta work my way through the spleen of Thursday morning first. 
For god sakes more of Tom Waits on RP! Please...
Bill plays at least one cover of this song. Hearing the original reminds me of how tremendous this song can be. 

And man, he sounds so *young* here.......  
 melzabutch wrote:







       

 
Old soul.
Was most fortunate to see him live in a small club in SF years ago.
"diamonds on the windshield" of life....

GREAT SOUND..
 michaelc wrote:
I have the sudden need for a drink.

 
yessiree, and a smoke and some raspy good stories (jeesh, I'ma lifelong non-smoker)
a filipino box spring hog ?

TuneAgeWhereWoof wrote:
Good ol' Tom doesn't have to pander to anyone...  cuz he's independently wealthy.  I'm just glad he is one of the rare, bad asses who uses it for good.  I'd party with him on any given summer night, roast a pig and let it flow
 
My fantasy dinner party invite list definitely has Tom on it. I'll sit him next to Angelo Badalamenti 

oldsaxon wrote:

My fantasy dinner party invite list definitely has Tom on it. I'll sit him next to Angelo Badalamenti

 


I have the sudden need for a drink.
Beautiful and timeless. Hard to believe he was only 25 when this was released.







       
no mater how bad you think his voice is,not only does he wright Dylan quality songs, he sounds better than squeal young any day of any week...................leonard choen is another great one..........{#Yes}
 kingart wrote:
In that sad, upbeat, melancholy, hopeful way particular to so much music of the '70s. 

 
Excellent observation. Interesting to hear a young Tom actually trying to sing instead of bellowing like a half-deaf wino. 
A poet with a voice that sounds like 5 miles of rutted dirt road.  He's magnificent.  Wouldn't surprise me if the cover art is a photo of him as a young man, blitzed outside an anonymous lounge on a Saturday night ... looking.
 darcand wrote:

Fell for that too.

djblitz wrote:
I was looking for Springsteen all along, lol whoops!
 
 
Tom Waits minus heart minus soul plus unwarranted success = Springsteen
 Fell for that too.

djblitz wrote:
I was looking for Springsteen all along, lol whoops!
 


 MrRedwood wrote:
The man is a god.
 
God of Shite... for sure
The best.
The man is a god.
 TuneAgeWhereWoof wrote:
Good ol' Tom doesn't have to pander to anyone...  cuz he's independently wealthy.  I'm just glad he is one of the rare, bad asses who uses it for good.  I'd party with him on any given summer night, roast a pig and let it flow
 
My fantasy dinner party invite list definitely has Tom on it. I'll sit him next to Angelo Badalamenti
I suppose when I'm 87 years old...if I live that long...I'll hum this tune to myself, while drinking booze from a paper bag in an alley. How optimistic!!
I was looking for Springsteen all along, lol whoops!
My favorite Tom Waits song... and that is saying a lot!
Good ol' Tom doesn't have to pander to anyone...  cuz he's independently wealthy.  I'm just glad he is one of the rare, bad asses who uses it for good.  I'd party with him on any given summer night, roast a pig and let it flow
In that sad, upbeat, melancholy, hopeful way particular to so much music of the '70s. 

Down by the law of your sound, Tommy!

All grandfathers in my therapy-room like this song!


 Dahnyul wrote:
Well spoken.  I agree, Tom is Tom. He is not affecting any style, he is not trying to be anything.  He is who he is, and he is fully authentic.  Like him, or don't, but I do agree it would be a mistake for anyone to think Mr. Waits is affecting a syle.
 
Thirded. Tom is a true original and he doesn't pander to anyone.
 Proclivities wrote:

Did you ever hear him speak?  He's got a pretty gravely voice, perhaps from smoking for many years.  If you don't like Tom Waits' vocal stylizations, that's your opinion, but "stylizations" are, by definition, something "put on for effect".  Plenty of folks do not like the way he sings, but that's his style or character, and it conveys a great deal of feeling and emotion - particularly in songs such as "Ruby's Arms" or "Muriel".  He's been professionally writing, recording, and singing music for almost forty years, and apparently that's the way he wants to sing.

 

Well spoken.  I agree, Tom is Tom. He is not affecting any style, he is not trying to be anything.  He is who he is, and he is fully authentic.  Like him, or don't, but I do agree it would be a mistake for anyone to think Mr. Waits is affecting a syle.

Danno
Great lyrics, great song, great voice. 9.
 yodasan_magoo wrote:


Same here, I heard Bill announce Tom Waits and as I frantically looked for the mute button the song started.  This is good...what the heck happened to his voice on his later recordings? 

 
Yes, I'm one of the many who respect Tom Waits, but haven't yet acquired a taste for his voice  {#Smile}, but this is nice.  His lyrics are trenchant, as always.

 lerxst wrote:
Geez, a Tom Waits song I like? Shocking. I love his voice on this song, but on others it is nails-on-a-chalkboard.
 

Same here, I heard Bill announce Tom Waits and as I frantically looked for the mute button the song started.  This is good...what the heck happened to his voice on his later recordings? 

 lerxst wrote:
Geez, a Tom Waits song I like? Shocking. I love his voice on this song, but on others it is nails-on-a-chalkboard.
 
you read my mind !

Geez, a Tom Waits song I like? Shocking. I love his voice on this song, but on others it is nails-on-a-chalkboard.
Well put! Proclivities wrote:

Did you ever hear him speak?  He's got a pretty gravely voice, perhaps from smoking for many years.  If you don't like Tom Waits' vocal stylizations, that's your opinion, but stylizations" are, by definition, something "put on for effect".  Plenty of folks do not like the way he sings, but that's his style or character, and it conveys a great deal of feeling and emotion - particularly in songs such as "Ruby's Arms" or "Muriel".  He's been professionally writing, recording, and singing music for almost forty years, and apparently that's the way he wants to sing.
 

Poetry.
Well whatever he is doing, it works with me!{#Clap}
 allearsny wrote:

Here's my take on Waits's voice(s): It's not his "gravel" that has always bothered me, but the fact that I think it was/is inauthentic. THIS song is (I think) his "real" voice, before he started manufacturing the "gravel," for reasons that are beyond me. I've always thought he was trying to sound like an old Black man. Maybe Armstrong? Armstrong, Maybelle, others — their voices worked because they were THEIR voices. But I agree, he's one of our best songwriters, and didn't/doesn't have a bad voice; we just didn't get to hear the real him after a point. I don't know what he's up to these days.
 
NPR just did a segment on Waits and speaks directly about his distinctive and always changing sound.  I think it might explain his sound as both his style and as a story-telling technique. 

https://www.npr.org/2011/03/04/134236977/tom-waits-a-raspy-voice-heads-to-the-hall-of-fame

But yes, sometimes it is too much more me too : )

 allearsny wrote:

I guess I should add that I'm a singer, so I think I can tell when a vocal stylization is "put on" for effect. Waits shouldn't have.
 
Did you ever hear him speak?  He's got a pretty gravely voice, perhaps from smoking for many years.  If you don't like Tom Waits' vocal stylizations, that's your opinion, but "stylizations" are, by definition, something "put on for effect".  Plenty of folks do not like the way he sings, but that's his style or character, and it conveys a great deal of feeling and emotion - particularly in songs such as "Ruby's Arms" or "Muriel".  He's been professionally writing, recording, and singing music for almost forty years, and apparently that's the way he wants to sing.

 allearsny wrote:

Here's my take on Waits's voice(s): It's not his "gravel" that has always bothered me, but the fact that I think it was/is inauthentic. THIS song is (I think) his "real" voice, before he started manufacturing the "gravel," for reasons that are beyond me. I've always thought he was trying to sound like an old Black man. Maybe Armstrong? Armstrong, Maybelle, others — their voices worked because they were THEIR voices. But I agree, he's one of our best songwriters, and didn't/doesn't have a bad voice; we just didn't get to hear the real him after a point. I don't know what he's up to these days.
 
I guess I should add that I'm a singer, so I think I can tell when a vocal stylization is "put on" for effect. Waits shouldn't have.

 james_of_tucson wrote:

I never understood why that wasn't a problem for Louis Armstrong or Big Maybelle, but most people to whom I've exposed Tom Waits for the first time were so put off by his voice, they just couldn't get past it at all.  These days I just say "despite being one of the worst singers of all time, he's one of the most influential songwriters."

 
Here's my take on Waits's voice(s): It's not his "gravel" that has always bothered me, but the fact that I think it was/is inauthentic. THIS song is (I think) his "real" voice, before he started manufacturing the "gravel," for reasons that are beyond me. I've always thought he was trying to sound like an old Black man. Maybe Armstrong? Armstrong, Maybelle, others — their voices worked because they were THEIR voices. But I agree, he's one of our best songwriters, and didn't/doesn't have a bad voice; we just didn't get to hear the real him after a point. I don't know what he's up to these days.


I really enjoy hearing the difference in his voice. Very cool. {#Daisy}
 spacemoose wrote:
This song always makes me a little weepy for lost youth, chasing a good time, and whatever wisdom can be found in booze and vaginas.
 
ha! yes, its a bit melancholy. Love it.

 calypsus_1 wrote:

coffee and cigarettes by ~nothought
morganne  ©2007-2010 ~nothought

tom waits in the movie
coffee&cigarettes.

use|pencil(HB, B, 2B, 4B, 8B)
time|3-4hrs

The beauty of quitting is, now that I've quit, I can have one, 'cause I've quit. ~tom waits

.

 
beautiful

Such perfect timing. It is two-thirty in the morning on this 1st of Jan 2011. It is a calm and hot Saturday morning in Cape Town. I can hear the New Year's Eve revelers still partying up a storm downtown and we just managed to put our teething 4 month-old to sleep.
A perfect moment.
Thank you so much.
 Danimal174 wrote:
Wow! I wouldn't have guessedt this was Tom Waits. I've only heard his later stuff, where his voice is, um, just a tad "gravel-ly" (if that's a word).

 
I never understood why that wasn't a problem for Louis Armstrong or Big Maybelle, but most people to whom I've exposed Tom Waits for the first time were so put off by his voice, they just couldn't get past it at all.  These days I just say "despite being one of the worst singers of all time, he's one of the most influential songwriters."

An outstanding song from TW.  A rare treat indeed
While I respect your opinion, I kindly beg to disagree. I have heard some phenomenal remakes that stand on their own next to the originals. For example I have always been a big fan of "Waiting in vain" by Bob Marley, but the remake by Ituana is soul stiring as well. 
 
Cynaera wrote:
I first heard this as a remake by Shawn Colvin, and I loved it - until I heard the original.  Now, Colvin's version seems lame and unemotional...  Another reason why I'm a purist - most times, the originals are the best, most honest, most true...
 


I first heard this as a remake by Shawn Colvin, and I loved it - until I heard the original.  Now, Colvin's version seems lame and unemotional...  Another reason why I'm a purist - most times, the originals are the best, most honest, most true...
 Stefen wrote:
It's amazing how smooth his voice is.  36 years ago.

 
Like Bob Dylan..

Bruce?

coffee and cigarettes by ~nothought
morganne  ©2007-2010 ~nothought

tom waits in the movie
coffee&cigarettes.

use|pencil(HB, B, 2B, 4B, 8B)
time|3-4hrs

The beauty of quitting is, now that I've quit, I can have one, 'cause I've quit. ~tom waits

.

Oh yes, this is one of his purdy ones!{#Yes}
It's amazing how smooth his voice is.  36 years ago.

I know there's generally a battle between the boho storytelling early Tom Waits and the generally more artsy later Tom, but, jeeze, this song is totally excellent - as is the whole album.
Wow! I wouldn't have guessedt this was Tom Waits. I've only heard his later stuff, where his voice is, um, just a tad "gravel-ly" (if that's a word).

reminds me of Ry Cooder's "Third Base, Dodger Stadium"

Is that Pavorotti?  No, just the young Tom . . .
Nice!!
9 to 10.
 spacemoose wrote:
This song always makes me a little weepy for lost youth, chasing a good time, and whatever wisdom can be found in booze and vaginas.
 
Booze and vaginas. Take my word for it, the education never ends.

This song always makes me a little weepy for lost youth, chasing a good time, and whatever wisdom can be found in booze and vaginas.
M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m, yeah...
Kind of reminds me of Bob Dylan...except he can actually play the guitar and his singing does not make me want to jump out the winder.
Tom Waits is larger than life. He's a fictional character come to life.
This is a great piece - and yes, from Waits' early, more melodic time. Jerry Jeff does a great cover of this song, too.
stopped mid-sentence typing an email, listening to this awesome track. {#Good-vibes}

 Pyro wrote:

I'm exactly the opposite.  I like the "pretty" voiced Tom....

 

Fine. Be like that.{#Smile}
I wonder if he can still sing with this relatively velvety voice. I'd forgotten that he used this voice prior to the Swardfish Trombone days. Sounds better, in retrospect.
 SweTex wrote:
I prefer the later Tom Waits, with a voice like a rusty nail in a glass of bourbon, but this is ok too.So this gets a 9 instead of a 10.
 
I'm exactly the opposite.  I like the "pretty" voiced Tom....

Always have loved this  song and album. Loved  it, when life was good, and loved it when life was sad.

 
SweTex wrote:
I prefer the later Tom Waits, with a voice like a rusty nail in a glass of bourbon, but this is ok too.So this gets a 9 instead of a 10.
 


I prefer the later Tom Waits, with a voice like a rusty nail in a glass of bourbon, but this is ok too.So this gets a 9 instead of a 10.


Love this song. Love this artist. Saw him 20 years ago and he gave bar none one of the three best concerts i have seen in my whole life.
I actually first heard this on Dion's late 80s album and he did a great cover.  I like both versions because each has a different feel and both are done very well.
As Waits songs go, his voice is actually quite nice on this one. 8

 
CatSitter wrote:
One of my favorites from Tom Waits. Many people may not like his voice (which I believe adds character and depth to his songs) but he is an excellent story teller and song writer. 
 


One of my favorites from Tom Waits. Many people may not like his voice (which I believe adds character and depth to his songs) but he is an excellent story teller and song writer. 
 smehan55 wrote:
Reminded me of, years ago, riding in best bud's '64 Volvo 144 sedan, smell of marijuana smoke, the new album from Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon) in the 8-track player. Scent of salt air blowing in through the open windows as we crossed the draw bridge approaching Atlantic Beach, headed for Our Place and The Looking Glass bars, looking to meet up with some surfer girls we knew. Night air feeling cool on sunburnt skin, talk of waves and surfboards ... just the past, now. 
 
Dude. I listened to this in a VW Karmann Ghia, riding from Nags Head to Hatteras with my main man in the right seat and our boards on Kona Racks up top.

Now we make that trip in somewhat nicer cars. But don't lose that feeling.

What a great closing song to an album full of gems. I can remember hearing this for the first time and being blown away. The cassette stayed in my VW's player for an entire summer, until it fell apart.
Add Holly Cole to the long list of people who have done great covers of this.
 aflanigan wrote:
What does it look, smell, and feel like? Do you remember the smell, that smell your old car (mine was a Buick) made when you asked a little too much of it, to make the tires chirp? That faint whiff of fried transmission fluid, and burnt rubber? What did the bathroom smell like when you combed your hair? Aqua velva mixed with Old Spice and shampoo and pimple cream? Did the fluorescent light fixture hum loudly when you first turned it on? Remember what those bench seats felt like? Shiny, slippery cloth and vinyl, and that hard plastic steering wheel? Didn't it feel good in your hands? And that sound, the sound of Detroit Iron, maybe a little loud cause there was a hole in the exhaust? You'd head down a long straight stretch of country road, step on the gas, with the vent window cranked open and the windows down, smelling the nightime smells, on your way to nowhere in particular. Just your future.
 
Wow, that's some nice imagery & writing. Thanks, I enjoyed that.

Reminded me of, years ago, riding in best bud's '64 Volvo 144 sedan, smell of marijuana smoke, the new album from Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon) in the 8-track player. Scent of salt air blowing in through the open windows as we crossed the draw bridge approaching Atlantic Beach, headed for Our Place and The Looking Glass bars, looking to meet up with some surfer girls we knew. Night air feeling cool on sunburnt skin, talk of waves and surfboards ... just the past, now. 


One of Tom's absolute best....
I love this song!!! If you are a fan of bluegrass you have to check out Honkytonk Homeslice's version.  It is the shizzle!!!
segueman wrote:
Finally got to see Tom here in Houston this past Sunday. Absolutely amazing show!
I was there too!!! Sound was excellent and he put on a phenomenal show. I felt priviledged just being there, it didn't even feel like a "concert" so much as an experience, a true performance.
Hairfarmer wrote:
It's not the years, it's the milage. The way Tom sings is a bit of a strain on the vocal chords, no doubt, plus years of smoking. Being only his second album, his voice hadn't yet aquired the timbre it has on Rain Dogs and subsequent works.
It's similar to Dylan for me, his early vocals were always intelligible and his expression was less limited than it is today. All vocalists with long careers run into limits in later years, Bowie and McCartney are two great singers who don't sound the same today. All four are great songwriters. In an earlier era (Before 1960) David and Paul could have made it as singers, and or, IMHO easily became songwriters fitting in the then current styles. Tom and Bob would have had to be content as great songwriters - although its tough to imagine their breathtakingly honest songwriting styles would have been accepted back in the day.
Finally got to see Tom here in Houston this past Sunday. Absolutely amazing show!
I get to see Tom this saturday in Ohio... I cant wait.
Hairfarmer wrote:
It's not the years, it's the milage. The way Tom sings is a bit of a strain on the vocal chords, no doubt, plus years of smoking. Being only his second album, his voice hadn't yet aquired the timbre it has on Rain Dogs and subsequent works.
Exactly why I prefer his early stuff, like this! His later stuff "hurts me to hear". Oi, his voice! But, oh the wonderful songwriting skills....
I've never liked Tom Waits but it's a huge credit to his songwriting talent that his songs sound so good done by others.
bobdylan wrote:
I can see it, smell it, feel it.
What does it look, smell, and feel like? Do you remember the smell, that smell your old car (mine was a Buick) made when you asked a little too much of it, to make the tires chirp? That faint whiff of fried transmission fluid, and burnt rubber? What did the bathroom smell like when you combed your hair? Aqua velva mixed with Old Spice and shampoo and pimple cream? Did the fluorescent light fixture hum loudly when you first turned it on? Remember what those bench seats felt like? Shiny, slippery cloth and vinyl, and that hard plastic steering wheel? Didn't it feel good in your hands? And that sound, the sound of Detroit Iron, maybe a little loud cause there was a hole in the exhaust? You'd head down a long straight stretch of country road, step on the gas, with the vent window cranked open and the windows down, smelling the nightime smells, on your way to nowhere in particular. Just your future.