Hot Car Parade
A hot car is the symbol for Nick’s coming of age and joining the in-crowd. But the song ends establishing the deep issues he has with his father, who wants to control his life choices and uses the gift of an un-hot car to represent that. “I’m taken aback,” Nick sings. “Hands me the keys to an old fogey Cadillac . . . now how the hell do I join their hot car parade?” The subtext: here college-educated big shot. You don’t want to take over management of the shop? Here’s a caddy from your daddy. Drive the big car down to Wall Street.