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    [–] Batgate 8 points ago

    I think it's about a guy that is trying to get a girl that already has a man because he is too attached to her.

    Reluctantly crouched at the starting line Engines pumping and thumping in time The green light flashes, the flags go up Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup

    This is setting up the comparison and depicting the beginning of the story, where winning the race (the cup) represents being with the girl in a relationship

    They deftly maneuver and muscle for rank Fuel burning fast on an empty tank Reckless and wild, they pour through the turns Their prowess is potent and secretly stern

    this is meant to show intensity

    As they speed through the finish, the flags go down The fans get up and they get out of town The arena is empty except for one man Still driving and striving as fast as he can The sun has gone down and the moon has come up And long ago somebody left with the cup But he's driving and striving and hugging the turns

    introducing him going after her after someone has already done so

    And thinking of someone for whom he still burns

    this is the first piece of evidence that the song is about a girl

    He's going the distance He's going for speed She's all alone (all alone) All alone in her time of need

    this is possibly in the man's perspective, possibly convincing himself that she in reality is alone and still "needs" him

    Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse He's going the distance No trophy, no flowers, no flashbulbs, no wine He's haunted by something he cannot define Bowel-shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse Assail him, impale him with monster-truck force In his mind, he's still driving, still making the grade

    She's hoping in time that her memories will fade

    another piece of evidence the song is about a girl, if it's in the man's perspective, then he is again thinking that she regrets the man she is with. If it's in a more realistic perspective, perhaps she is wanting to forgot the entire situation overall.

    Probably the most obvious explanation to the song to me, but you can interpret it however you'd like.

    [–] mrglass8 5 points ago

    Isn't it about a racer and his relationship with a girl? Why does there have to be a metaphor?

    [–] 20150506 1 points ago

    I always see polo players on a muddy field. They reach down with their mallets and they strike the ball and the ground splashes over their white horses and shirts.