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Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55 (Official Video) - The Circle - I Can't Drive 55 - Live 2019





"I Can't Drive 55" is the lead single and first track from Sammy Hagar's eighth studio album VOA in 1984. Perpetuated by a very successful music video, it became a concert staple that continued throughout Hagar's tours as a member of Van Halen. The song is a reference to the since-repealed National Maximum Speed Law that set speed limits at 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in the United States.


"I was in a rent-a-car that wouldn't go much faster than 55 miles an hour. I was on my way back from Africa. I did a safari for three months throughout Africa. A really great vacation after Three Lock Box. I was traveling for 24 hours, I got to New York City, changed planes, Albany, New York. Got in a rent-a-car. Had a place in Lake Placid at the time, a little log cabin, I used to go there and write with my little boy. Aaron, at that time, went to North Country school when I was on tour. I would go there and see him. It was a really cool getaway. But it took two and a half hours to drive there from Albany. And I was driving from Albany, New York at 2:00 in the morning, burnt from all the travel. Cop stopped me for doing 62 on a four lane road when there was no one else in sight. Then the guy gave me a ticket. I was doing 62. And he said, 'We give tickets around here for over-60.' and I said, 'I can't drive 55.' I grabbed a paper and a pen, and I swear the guy was writing the ticket and I was writing the lyrics. I got to Lake Placid, I had a guitar set-up there. And I wrote that song there on the spot. Burnt."


Sammy Hagar, 1994






Lyrics


One foot on the brake and one on the gas, hey!

Well, there's too much traffic, I can't pass, no!

So I tried my best illegal move

Well, baby, black and white come and touched my groove again!


Gonna write me up a 125

Post my face wanted dead or alive

Take my license, all that jive

I can't drive 55! Oh No!


Uh!

So I signed my name on number 24, hey!

Yeah the judge said, "Boy, just one more...

We're gonna throw your ass in the city joint"


Looked me in the eye, said, "You get my point?"

I said Yea!, Oh yea!

Write me up a 125

Post my face wanted dead or alive


Take my license, all that jive

I can't drive 55!

Oh, yea!


I can't drive 55!

I can't drive 55!

I can't drive 55!

I can't drive 55!

Uh!


When I drive that slow, you know it's hard to steer.

And I can't get get my care out of second gear.

What used to take two hours now takes all day. Huh!

It took me 16 hours to get to L.A.


Gonna write me up a 125

Post my face wanted dead or alive

Take my license, all that jive

I can't drive 55!

No, no no,


I can't drive...

(I can't drive 55!)

I can't drive...

(I can't drive 55!)

I can't drive 55!




Songwriters: Sammy Hagar

I Can't Drive 55 lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc





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