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    What is the meaning behind the song "Panama" anyway? Do they really discuss the actual country? I need to know so I have an excuse to play it in my Spanish class.

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    I thought that Dave said he wrote it about a car...

    He said something about how he was always accused of writing about cars and he never really had...so this was his way...

    He named the car Panama....

    Pistons poppin' aint no stoppin now...

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    Yep it's about a car, but I am going to move this to "Van Halen 101" for more thoughts.

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    The VHE says that Dave spent a day at the races (little Queen reference there) in Fontana California and saw a car named the Panama Express, which is where he got the title from.

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    Thanks a million guys...ahhh, darn, looks like I can't give those pop zombies in my Spanish class a taste of REAL music

    Thanks for your help--I appreciate it much. I had a feeling it was about the car, just making sure, cuz you all are the experts

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    Yeah, but how 'bout if you can come up with a copy of "Sonrisa Salvaje" (or download some of the tracks off Napster if they're out there?)

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    Hmmm! Sounds interesting, I'll give it a look see

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    it is about a car, but i've been to Panama several times with the Army, and that song gets (or did get) a ton of airplay on armed forces radio down there.

    couple of side notes: My Machine on YFLM is also about a car; we used to go to this club in Panama City where you could pay two bucks and a VJ would play a video of your request. They had the Live Without A Net tape, so every time we went, i requested mucho van halen!!

    i can't believe we turned the canal over...the chinese have just about taken the country over. oh well..i'm ramblin'!

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    i think talks about a car you know that part: "...hot wheels..."
    And JWS_5150 If you want help with your spanish class just ask for me!!!
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    Play Little Guitars (intro) They will think it's a spanish guitar player.
    also Spanish Fly.

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    Yes ! I read in a old Dave interview that the song Panama was about a car !


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    Thank you all, maybe I can still get some Van Halen exposure to these poor souls who don't know who Van Halen is after all. Hopefully by the end of that class they'll not only have a good Spanish lesson but also a lesson in REAL music.

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    Oh it's definately about a car. I also have been told that the tune was originally called "Cannonball."

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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate it much.

    If we ever have a driving lesson in Spanish then I'll use this song

    thanks again for confirming my theory.

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