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    Great songs about cars/driving-- go!

    Guided by Voices - "Motor Away"
    The Boss - "Racing in the Streets"
    Johnny Cash - "One Piece at a Time"

    Keep 'em coming.

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    Funny how you got Johnny up there, Stan jumps out at me and in a lot of ways the two are inextricably tied, at least in my mind.

    Stan Ridgway's vivid imagery conjures up a spin like no other. Some faves of mine:

    The Roadblock
    Lost Weekend
    Drive She Said

    and from Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads and Fugitive Songs (appropriately titled for this thread) I like King For A Day. And for bonus points, let's all recall who created the artwork for this little gem. OK, so the album as a whole isn't the greatest work I've seen from Stan, but there are some unquestionably classic moments.

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    Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody
    Pink Cadillac - Springsteen
    Highway Star - Deep Purple
    Of course, Cars - Randy Newman
    Little Blue Scoop or Daddy takes the T-Bird Away - Beach Boys. they have several
    Making Thunderbirds - Bob Seger
    Convoy - CW McCaw
    Finish Line - Mahogany Rush
    Trans Am or Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
    24 Hours At a Time - Marshall Tucker Band
    Mercedes Benz - Janis Joplin
    Arrested Driving While Blind - ZZ Top
    Shakin' - Eddie Money
    Driving My Life Away - Eddie Rabbit
    Mustang Sally - Not sure who the original is
    Jesus Take The Wheel - Carie Underwood
    Sweet Little 16 - Chuck Berry
    Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
    Rock Soldiers - Ace Frehley
    Hot On The Heels of Love - April Wine

    Well I'm about spent, I hope these all qualify.

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    "Maybelline" - Chuck Berry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    Mustang Sally - Not sure who the original is
    Great tune Mr.P, all the versions I have credits Bonnie Rice for this most excellent tunage.




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    Back in my day, we had nine planets.

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    Would the Beatles, Baby You Can Drive My Car count?

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    So many songs that mention cars ... aren't really about cars at all, just metaphors snuggled in a common guise that often is equated with sexuality. Baby, let me drive your car, yeah, right

    That great Queen song, "I'm in love with my car" ...

    Told my girl I'll have to forget her
    Rather buy me a new carburetor
    So she made tracks sayin'
    This is the end now


    ... or the similar, but much later raw version by PJ Harvey on 4-track Demos, told from the opposite perspective, "M-Bike" ...

    But all he's speaking and all he sees
    Is just his motor bike, not me
    No, I won't let it get to me
    Can't stop thinking of his goddamn machine


    Or the impending breakup in "Stolen Car", as written and sung so well by Beth Orton to open her second record, with Ben Harper supplying the menacing guitar tone, the soon gone metaphor ...

    One drink too many
    And a joke gone too far
    I see your face drive like a stolen car


    Or longing for the comfort of home, away from the city, in Edith Frost's "Cars and Parties" ...

    And oh it's always so cold 'round here
    There's too many cars 'round here
    And though I want to open up my heart
    There's too many parties


    But for a real blast of car-loving rock and roll, I'll go with David Lindley and his hot band El Rayo-X doing their version (and owning it too) of "Mercury Blues". Classic ...

    Well, hey now mama you look so fine
    Ridin' round in your Mercury 49
    Crazy 'bout a Mercury, Lord I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury
    I'm gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road











    and my latest toy ...

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    Funny you should mention this- I just picked up a NASCAR comp because of a couple of the tracks, mainly Les Claypool and the "Highway Star" redo.



    Classic.

    NASCAR on Fox Theme
    (hed)p.e. - "Crosstown Traffic"
    Buckcherry - "On the Road Again"
    nonpoint - "Circles"
    Tantric - "Cross The Line"
    Gov't Mule feat. Special Guests - "Drivin' Rain"
    Fenix*TX - "Get Out Of My Dreams (Get Into My Car)"
    Fear Factory - "Cars (MPH Mix)"
    Dry Cell - "Heaven & Hot Rods"
    Static-X - "Speedway"
    Darwin's Waiting Room - "Fast Car"
    Slipknot - "(sic)(Molt-Injected Mix)"
    Slayer - "Born To Be Wild"
    Type O Negative - "Highway Star"
    Rob Zombie - "Demon Speeding (Dirty Black River Mix)"
    Machine Head - "Supercharger (Let Freedom Ring Mix)"
    Staind - "See Through"
    Les Claypool - "Hot Rod Lincoln"

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    One of my favorites is about a motorcycle.

    1952 Black Vincent Lightning by Richard Thompson. Not only does it feature some of the finest acoustic guitar playing I've ever heard, but it's a great story/song too.

    Said Red Molly to James that's a fine motorbike, A girl could feel special on any such like
    Said James to Red Molly, well my hat's off to you
    It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
    And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
    Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme
    And he pulled her on behind and down to Boxhill they did ride

    Said James to Red Molly, here's a ring for your right hand
    But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man
    I've fought with the law since I was seventeen
    I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine
    Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22

    And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you
    And If fate should break my stride
    I'll give you my Vincent to ride

    Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae
    For they've taken young James adie for armed robbery
    Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside
    Come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside
    When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left
    He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
    But he smiled to see her cry
    Said I'll give you my Vincent to ride

    Said young James. in my opinion, there's nothing in this world
    Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl
    Now Nortons and Indians and Greeves won't do
    They don't have a soul like a Vincent 52
    He reached for her hand and he gave her the keys
    He said I don't have any further use for these
    I see angels and ariels in leather and chrome
    Swooping down from heaven to carry me home
    He gave her one last kiss and died
    And he gave her his Vincent to ride.


    Great stuff and on a MUST-SEE DVD from Austin City Limits. Simply amazing.

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    I can't drive 55.
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    Dictators- (I Live For) Cars And Girls


    Look at these lyrics!

    (I LIVE FOR) CARS AND GIRLS

    Well I'm the type of guy who's into getting high on a Friday afternoon
    So now you know I'm a regular Joe and I'll tell you what I like to do

    I like to make the scene
    In my machine
    I like to make the scene
    I leave 'em in another state
    Whenever I accelerate

    I live for Cars and girls, cars and girls
    I live for Car, cars and girls
    I live for Cars and girls, cars and girls
    I live for Car, cars and girls

    There's nothing else in this crazy world
    Except for cars and girls

    I got a lot of good sittin under my hood but it doesn't make me feel alright
    The only time I'm feelin fine is when my baby's sittin tight

    I like to get it down
    I like to feel the sound
    I like to get it down
    I leave 'em in another state
    Whenever I accelerate

    I live for Cars and girls, cars and girls
    I live for Car, cars and girls
    I live for Cars and girls, cars and girls
    I live for Car, cars and girls

    There's nothing else in this crazy world

    Baby you and me will go
    A cruisin everywhere we know
    We'll take a trip out to the west
    Cause the coast's the most
    'cause the surfin's best

    The fastest car and a movie star are my only goals in life
    It's the hippest scene, the American dream and for that I'll always fight

    I like to get it down
    I like to feel the sound
    I like to get it down
    I wanna drive the fastest car
    I wanna drive the fastest car
    I wanna drive the fastest car
    Cars, girls, surfin beer
    Nothin else matter here

    I live for Cars and girls, cars and girls
    I live for Car, cars and girls
    I live for Cars and girls, cars and girls
    I live for Car, cars and girls

    There's nothing else in this goddamn world
    Except for cars and girls


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    "Drive" by EL-P

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    Gee Finch, I can't believe there's no Route 66 cover on that cheeseball disc!

    AKA Driver- They Might Be Giants
    Radiohead- Airbag
    Moonlight Drive- the Doors
    The Key to Her Ferrari- Thomas Dolby
    Mudflap Girl- Timbuk 3
    Russian Hill- Jellyfish
    US Drag- Missing Persons
    Hey Little Cobra- The Rip Chords
    Mommy, Daddy You and I- Talking Heads
    Heart Attack in a Layby- Porcupine Tree

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    Tracey Chapman - Fast Car
    War - Low Rider (Why Can't We Be Friends)
    Thomas Dolby - The Key to Her Ferrari (Aliens Ate My Buick)
    Queen - I'm in Love With My Car (A Night at the Opera)
    Prince - Little Red Corvette (1999)
    Pearl Jam - Rearviewmirror (Vs.)
    Violent Femmes - Gimme the Car
    The Guess Who - Bus Rider (..Best of)
    Gruff Rhys - Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru (Candlylion)
    Grateful Dead - Truckin' (American Beauty)
    G' Love & Special Sauce - I-76 (Yeah, It's that Easy)
    Cake - Stickshifts and Safetybelts (Fashion Nugget)
    Cake - Satan is My Motor (Prolonging the Magic)
    Love and Rockets - Motorcycle


    Honorable Mention
    The White Stripes - The Big Three Killed My Baby


    Stickshifts and Safetybelts by Cake
    stickshifts and safetybelts,
    bucket seats have all got to go.
    when we're driving in the car,
    it makes my baby seem so far.
    i need you here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.
    i need you to be here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.
    i need you to be here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.

    but when we're driving in my malibu,
    it's easy to get right next to you.
    i say, "baby, scoot over, please."
    and then she's right there next to me.
    i need you here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.
    i need you to be here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.

    well a lot of good cars are japanese.
    but when we're driving far,
    i need my baby,
    i need my baby next to me.

    well, stickshifts and safetybelts,
    bucket seats have all got to go.
    when we're driving in the car,
    it makes my baby seem so far.
    i need you here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.
    i need you to be here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.
    i need you to be here with me,
    not way over in a bucket seat.

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    You mentioned "Truckin' " by the Grateful Dead, but left out GDTRFB (going down the road feeling bad) Blasphemy!

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    Has no one mentioned Kraftwerk: Autobahn or Modern Lovers: Roadrunner?

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    Led Zeppelin...

    "Trampled Underfoot"

    Greased and slicked down fine, groovy leather trim
    I like the way you hold the road, mama, it ain't no sin

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Trouble-free transmission, helps your oil's flow
    Mama, let me pump your gas, mama, let me do it all

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Dig that heavy metal underneath your hood
    Baby, I could work all night, believe I've got the perfect tools

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    A model built for comfort, really built with style
    Specialist tradition, mama, let me feast my eyes

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Factory air-conditioned, heat begins to rise
    Guaranteed to run for hours, mama it's a perfect size

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Groovin' on the freeway, gauge is on the red
    Gun down on my gasoline, I believe I'm gonna crack a head.

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]
    I can't stop talkin' about...

    Come to me for service every hundred miles
    Baby, let me check your points, fix your overdrive

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Fully automatic, comes in any size
    Makes me wonder what I did, before we synchronized

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Feather-light suspension, coils just couldn't hold
    I'm so glad I took a look inside your showroom doors

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Oh, I can't stop talkin' about love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich-n-Texas
    Led Zeppelin...

    "Trampled Underfoot"

    Greased and slicked down fine, groovy leather trim
    I like the way you hold the road, mama, it ain't no sin

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Trouble-free transmission, helps your oil's flow
    Mama, let me pump your gas, mama, let me do it all

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Dig that heavy metal underneath your hood
    Baby, I could work all night, believe I've got the perfect tools

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    A model built for comfort, really built with style
    Specialist tradition, mama, let me feast my eyes

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Factory air-conditioned, heat begins to rise
    Guaranteed to run for hours, mama it's a perfect size

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Groovin' on the freeway, gauge is on the red
    Gun down on my gasoline, I believe I'm gonna crack a head.

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]
    I can't stop talkin' about...

    Come to me for service every hundred miles
    Baby, let me check your points, fix your overdrive

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Fully automatic, comes in any size
    Makes me wonder what I did, before we synchronized

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Feather-light suspension, coils just couldn't hold
    I'm so glad I took a look inside your showroom doors

    Talkin' 'bout love [X3]

    Oh, I can't stop talkin' about love.
    You do know that this song is not about cars, right?
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    Umm well, I thought it was.

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    Anybody add Maybelline (Chuck Berry), yet ? "Ford got hot and wouldn't do no mo. Rain came down. Heat went down. That's when I heard that highway sound"!

    (later) I see a kindred spirit has listed Maybelline. Cheers, mate.

    BTW, I can't stay logged in. JohnMichael- if you read this, can you think of a reason why?
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