Help, text interpretation

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<a href="/en/translator/willian" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1355522">Willian</a>
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Hello guys, I need help to interpret a phrase from this song below, I don't know if it is in the literal sense or if it is an expression.

I have the impression that he wants to say he wanted to be noticed by everyone, but I'm not sure, because I don't know if it's an expression. The part I'm in doubt with is 3 *** in front of the sentence

I work up bright this morning
Another sunny day
Life was treating me real cool
Things were going, going my way
Then I jumpled into my Chevy
Built to the top, four on the floor
Roaring through the streets at day break
I wish I'd known what was in store

How could I know this would be my
Last day on earth
All the things that I've acquired
Now it seems they have no worth

Too late for living
Suddenly life is gone
*** I know I drove the center line
Acting like I knew it all
And I wound up in a faster lane
Heading for my fall
Well I see the light but it's too late
For me, I'm gone

Too late for living

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<a href="/en/translator/s%C3%B3lo-un-sue%C3%B1o" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1453625">sólo un sueño</a>
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I think it is an expression, but not in a way you said. I think he's singing of how fast life could end and we wont even know it. He's just using a metaphor of him driving too fast, as in not paying attention to life and thinking he knows it all\he's the best, but now he realized his mistake, it's too late for him to change

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<a href="/en/translator/ymdeithydd" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1324581">Ymdeithydd</a>
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I think he's driving near the center line of the road to overtake everyone on his side, so yes, he's risking someone coming the other way running into him (so I think it's "I see the lights" - of the other car). And of course it should start "I woke up" not "I work up".

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<a href="/en/translator/michaelna" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1257575">MichaelNa</a>
Joined: 29.08.2015

The center lane is the fast lane on a highway.
For metaphorical usage read this song: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/eagles-life-fast-lane-lyrics.html

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<a href="/en/translator/bluebird" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1483017">BlueBird</a>
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The lyrics seem to belong to the song "too late for living" from the third album of the Christian metal band Saint (here).

It seems to have a religious undertone. Based on a review of the song (here)

Quote:

Too Late For Living was Saint's first departure from their traditional songwriting, which was primarily based on prophecies from the book of Revelation, and focused more on living a life for Christ before your time on Earth is over,

So in this context maybe "I drove the center line / acting like I knew it all" (figuratively) means the singer believed he was living a moderate, balanced life ('center line', all things in moderation and moderation in all things). Later lines "And I wound up in a faster lane / Heading for my fall" seems to be about sinning, trespassing in the Christian context.

Maybe it's talking about becoming complacent, feeling that you are doing (religiously) all right, but actually you are sinning, and before you know your time is up.

EDIT: Maybe 'mainstream' and 'normal' life are better words than 'moderate' and 'balanced' life in the paragraph before the last.

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<a href="/en/translator/flopsi" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1331196">Flopsi</a>
Joined: 12.03.2017

*** I know I drove the center line
to me this means: I lived the "fast live" and I was right in the "middle of the wide road"
Matthew 7:13-14
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

I wish I'd known what was in store
Sound like Armageddon to me
Revelation 16:15
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

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<a href="/en/translator/anikass" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1236570">anika.ss</a>
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This is the following situation:
life at a fast pace. The person lives without thinking about where the road leads and what may be in the final. Man does not think about the consequences of his actions. He took everything from life; everything he asked for. Actions have always been on the verge of normal, on the verge of reasonable. Life has passed without meaning. Now the person feels that he cannot change his life, that everything is over, that it is too late to live sensibly.

This is symbolic. The person moves at high speed and enjoys the "wind in the hair" and the "roar of the engine." He realizes that there is an abyss in front of him. These are the last few minutes before falling into the abyss / before death. Awareness of a life that has passed without meaning.
- Possible synonyms:
1. I know that I have lived to the limit of my personal capabilities.
2. I know that I have lived on the edge of reason.
3. I know that my life has bygone in the wrong line.

P.P. There is always hope for change for the better and hope for worthy life!
1. One can stop at the edge of the abyss.
2. One can make a sharp turn.
3. While falling into the abyss, a person can grab a "straw=idea“ and she to save him.

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<a href="/en/translator/flopsi" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1331196">Flopsi</a>
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There is no return if judgement day has come.

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<a href="/en/translator/jelenam" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1496942">jelenam</a>
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It's an expression to show the way he lived. Full blast, front row, like a fighter. Nothing to regret.