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He Trades In His Truck For A Muscle Car...When He Checks His Rearview Mirror? He LOSES it!

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Montgomery gentry Songs | He Trades In His Truck For A Muscle Car...When He Checks His Rearview Mirror? He LOSES it! | Country Music Videos
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As the second single off of Montgomery Gentry's highly successful album, My Town, "Speed" was released on December 30, 2002. The song, which was co-written by Jeffrey Steele and Chris Wallin, was yet another hit for the duo, and peaked at the fifth spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 

"Speed" helped contribute to the success of My Town as a whole, along with other hit singles "Hell Yeah" and "My Town". The album as was certified Platinum by the RIAA, making it one of Montgomery Gentry's highest-certified albums to date.

At first listen, "Speed" sounds like the narrator in the song is only concerned with finding a fast car to drive down an open road. But as the song continues, it is revealed the narrator wants a fast car to escape the memory of a former lover.

As the narrator reveals, his old truck reminds him too much of his ex, and he tells the car salesman, "I'd like to trade in this old truck/Cause it makes me think of her and that just slows me up.

The narrator feels if he gets in a fast car and drives away, that he will be able to forget about his former love for good, saying "Throw me them keys so I can put some miles between us....Let me lean on that gas/Oh she catches up fast."

Although the song expresses the same sense of pain over a breakup that is a common theme in country music, "Speed" is far from your typical heartbreak song.

Unlike other songs with the same theme, "Speed" is less mournful and more about finding a way to escape from the pain. Also, "Speed" is a bit more intense and up-tempo than your typical breakup song, with a powerful, rock-like sound that is the perfect match to the lyrics.

In the music video for "Speed", Troy Gentry plays the part of the heartbroken man who can't escape from his lover's memory. But even once he gets a fast car and drives out of town, he still sees her everywhere he looks. You can watch the music video below.

"Speed" may not be your typical breakup song, but it is yet another one of Montgomery Gentry's powerful hits that you'll find yourself singing at the top of your lungs while cruising down a country road.

LYRICS BELOW

I'm tired of spinning my wheels
I need to find a place where my heart can go to heal
I need to get there pretty quick
Hey mister what you got out on that lot you can sell me in a pinch

Maybe one of them souped up muscle cars
The kind that makes you think you're stronger than you are
Color don't matter no I don't need leather seats
All that really concerns me is

Speed
How fast will it go
Can it get me
Over her quickly
Zero to sixty
Can it outrun her memory
Yeah, what I really need
Is an open road
And a whole lot of speed

I'd like to trade in this old truck
Cause it makes me think of her and that just slows me up
See, it's the first place we made love where we used to sit and talk
On the tailgate all night long but now she's gone
And I need to move on
So give me

Speed
How fast will it go
Can it get me
Over her quickly
Zero to sixty
Can it outrun her memory
Yeah, what I really need
Is an open road
And a whole lot of speed

Throw me them keys so I can put some miles between us
Tear off that rearview mirror there's nothing left to see here
Let me lean on that gas
Oh she catches up fast
So give me

Speed
How fast will it go
Can it get me
Over her quickly
Zero to sixty
Can it outrun her memory
Yeah, what I really need
Is an open road
And a whole lot of speed

That's what I need
I'm tired of spinning my wheels
I'm tired of spinning my wheels
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