The Eagles
Life in the Fast Lane
Original Translation of Slang

He was a hard-headed man
He was brutally handsome,
and she was terminally pretty
She held him up, and he held her for ransom
in the heart of the cold, cold city
He had a nasty reputation as a cruel dude
They said he was ruthless, they said he was crude
They had one thing in common, they were good in bed
She'd say, "Faster, faster. The lights are turnin' red."

Life in the fast lane
Surely make you lose your mind,
Are you with me so far?

hard-headed stubborn


held him up robbed him with a gun he held her for ransom kidnapped her (not slang)
dude man
crude low

Eager for action and hot for the game
The coming attraction, the drop of a name
They knew all the right people, they took
all the right pills
They threw outrageous parties, they paid heavenly bills
There were lines on the mirror, lines on her face
She pretended not to notice, she was caught up in the race

Out every evening, until it was light
He was too tired to make it, she was too tired
to fight about it

Life in the fast lane
Surely make you lose your mind
Life in the fast lane, everything all the time
Life in the fast lane, uh huh
Blowing and burning, blinded by thirst
They didn't see the stop sign,
took a turn for the worse

hot for excited about
to drop a name to mention a famous person you know personally in conversation
all the right pills all the fashionable drugs
heavenly bills high bills
lines on the mirror cocaine lines on her face wrinkles




make it have sex

She said, "Listen, baby. You can hear the engine
ring.
We've been up and down this highway haven't seen a goddam thing."
He said, "Call the doctor. I think I'm gonna crash."
"The doctor says he's coming, but you gotta pay him cash."
They went rushing down that freeway,
messed around and got lost
They didn't know they were just dying to get off
And it was life in the fast lane
Life in the fast lane


goddam for emphasis
gonna crash going to crash - come down badly from a drug high/crash a car you gotta you've got to
freeway a highway with a lot of lanes (not slang)
messed around spent time unproductively

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