Great post, Nola. I haven't heard of the other two songs but I too love Fast Car. The new version of the song always annoys me because they've made it sound like a song about a summer romance rather than the extremely serious song it is.
Thanks for that, Lynne. I didn't even know there was a new version. Perhaps it's just as well I didn't :) It's such a gripping song, it's hard to imagine anyone making light of it. While preparing this post, I remembered so many great narrative songs I could have written about. Maybe there's a book in there somewhere. Thanks for your comment.