Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55 (Official Video)
"I Can't Drive 55" is the lead single and first track from Sammy Hagar's eighth studio album VOA in 1984. Perpetuated by a very successful music video, it became a concert staple that continued throughout Hagar's tours as a member of Van Halen. The song is a reference to the since-repealed National Maximum Speed Law that set speed limits at 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in the United States.
The song's music video was directed by Gil Bettman. The video was shot on location at the Saugus Speedway in Santa Clarita, California. The song's video includes Hagar and his band being chased and jailed by the California Highway Patrol for traffic violations. The video shows Hagar driving a black Ferrari BB512i which is later tuned up by Hagar's mechanic, Claudio Zampolli. Zampolli was driving the Ferrari during the video's opening shot, where the Ferrari fish-tails across the speedway. Hagar claims in the commentary for the video on the DVD, The Long Road to Cabo that he burned out his clutch during the video. Hagar drove a 512, but a 308 was also used. Hagar claims it cost him $5800 to fix.
One foot on the brake and one on the gas, hey! Well, there's too much traffic, I can't pass, no! So I tried my best illegal move Well, baby, black and white come and touched my groove again!
Gonna write me up a 125 Post my face wanted dead or alive Take my license, all that jive I can't drive 55! Oh No!
Uh! So I signed my name on number 24, hey! Yeah the judge said, "Boy, just one more... We're gonna throw your ass in the city joint"
Looked me in the eye, said, "You get my point?" I said Yea!, Oh yea! Write me up a 125 Post my face wanted dead or alive
Take my license, all that jive I can't drive 55! Oh, yea!
I can't drive 55! I can't drive 55! I can't drive 55! I can't drive 55! Uh!
When I drive that slow, you know it's hard to steer. And I can't get get my care out of second gear. What used to take two hours now takes all day. Huh! It took me 16 hours to get to L.A.
Gonna write me up a 125 Post my face wanted dead or alive Take my license, all that jive I can't drive 55! No, no no,
I can't drive... (I can't drive 55!) I can't drive... (I can't drive 55!) I can't drive 55!
Songwriters: Sammy Hagar I Can't Drive 55 lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc