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.
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