But is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way
- A Cappella: "Behind the Wall".
- Book Ends: "Fast Car" begins with the Narrator taking care of her alcoholic father, her mother having skipped out years before. By the end of the song, that's exactly what the Narrator does with her deadbeat boyfriend.
- Downer Ending: The narrator of "Fast Car" has, by the end, realized that her boyfriend and the father of her children is a deadbeat who will never help her or the kids, and she kicks him to the curb.
- Dreadlock Rasta: For the 'rebelling against authority' reason.
- Genre Roulette: Sometimes its folk, sometimes its pop, sometimes its blues, but it's always good.
- Performance Video: "Give Me One Reason", which is filmed as if it was in a blues club.
- Protest Song: A lot of 'em. "Talkin' Bout A Revolution", "Across The Lines" and "America" among others. "Fast Car" also counts, albeit in a Springsteen-esque tragic ballad style.
- Self-Titled Album: Her 1988 debut, Tracy Chapman.
- Singer Songwriter
- Three Chords and the Truth: The genesis of her style, particularly evident on Tracy Chapman.
- Twelve Bar Blues: Is a big fan of the blues, and got her biggest hit with the classic blues "Give Me One Reason".