English 300 - Fall 2004

This is my class journal for Professor Sexson's Critical Theory class.


Sublimity #2

This is just a follow-up. In class today Dr. Sexson asked why is that song called Motorcycle Driveby (...or "Motorcycle Drag Queen" as he later said!!!)

Anyway, this is the best I can think of:

People who ride motorcycles are commonly seen as being wild and free, riding around the country (or wherever) and not stopping for too long at any particular place.

The singer's love is described as untameable ("...careening through the universe / your axis on a tilt / you're guiltless and free...") and unwilling to devote herself to him and "build something" meaningful ("...I would like to build something / but we'll never see it happen...").

So this wild girl who will not settle down DRIVES BY the singer figuratively--she is with/by him for a moment, but continues driving--she will not stay with him.

Thus the title, Motorcycle Driveby. At least, that's the best I've come up with.


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