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Van Halen - Panama


Van Halen - Panama - Meaning of the song


Panama is a country in Central America famous for its canal, but it has nothing to do with the song. The lyrics are about a stripper David Lee Roth met in Arizona. As he explained on The Howard Stern Show, the song came about after an interview Roth gave in the early '80s; the interviewer accused him of only writing lyrics about sex, drugs, and fast cars. Sometime either during or after the interview, Diamond Dave realized he'd never actually written a song about fast cars, so he started working on the lyrics to "Panama," which he later admitted in another interview that, as it turns out, he had been writing about a stripper he knew without realizing it. The finished lyrics were inspired by both the stripper and the car.


Panama - Lyrics


Jump back, what's that sound?

Here she comes, full blast and top down

Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue

Model citizen, zero discipline

Don't you know she's coming home with me

You'll lose her in the turn

I'll get her


Panama, Panama

Panama, Panama


Ain't nothin' like it, her shiny machine

Got the feel for the wheel, keep the moving parts clean

Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue

Got an on ramp comin' through my bedroom

Don't you know she's coming home with me

You'll lose her in the turn

I'll get her


Panama, Panama

Panama, Panama


Yeah, we're runnin' a little bit hot tonight

I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off of it

Ah, you reach down, between my legs and ease the seat back

She's blinding, I'm flying

Right behind the rear view mirror now

Got the feeling, power steering

Pistons popping, ain't no stopping now


Panama, Panama

Panama, Panama

Panama, Panama

Panama


Van Halen - Panama - Live


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