Friday Five: Turn Up the Music

by Mike Mayder

I have fond memories of the ancient 8-track player in my uncle’s beat up old Ford pick-up truck. It wasn’t an original part of the truck; he added it, but summer memories are all tied up in trips to the beach with that thing cranking out tunes.

These days, of course, we’re all more likely to plug in an mp3 player or a cd, than any kind of tape (I recently reviewed a new car that had a cassette deck in it, and had to pause and shake my head. Who even owns tapes any more?), and many of us are listening to HD radio, if not satellite, when we do resort to getting our motoring music via airwaves.

So I’ve been thinking tonight about music and cars lately, and I’ve come up with five songs ABOUT cars to share with you today.

  1. Fun Fun Fun, The Beach Boys

    Well she got her daddy’s car
    And she cruised through the hamburger stand now
    Seems she forgot all about the library
    Like she told her old man now
    And with the radio blasting
    Goes cruising just as fast as she can now

    And she’ll have fun fun fun
    til her daddy takes the t-bird away
    (fun fun fun til her daddy takes the t-bird away)

  2. Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Meat Loaf

    I remember every little thing
    As if it happened only yesterday
    Parking by the lake
    And there was not another car in sight
    And I never had a girl
    Looking any better than you did
    And all the kids at school
    They were wishing they were me that night

    And now our bodies are oh so close and tight
    It never felt so good, it never felt so right
    And we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
    C’mon! Hold on tight!
    C’mon! Hold on tight!

    Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night
    I can see paradise by the dashboard light

  3. Little Red Corvette, Prince

    I guess I should’ve known by the way U parked your car sideways
    That it wouldn’t last
    See, U’re the kinda person that believes in makin’ out once
    Love ‘em and leave ‘em fast
    I guess I must be dumb cuz U had a pocket full of horses
    Trojan and some of them used
    But it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right
    And U say - “What have I got 2 lose?”

    And honey, I say Little Red Corvette
    Baby, U’re much 2 fast (Oh)
    Little Red Corvette
    U need a love that’s gonna last

  4. Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett

    Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
    Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
    You been running all over the town now.
    Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground.

    All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
    All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
    All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.

  5. Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car, Billy Ocean

    Who’s that lady
    Coming down the road
    Who’s that lady
    Who’s that woman
    Walking through my door
    What’s the score
    I’ll be the sun
    Shining on you
    Hey Cinderella
    Step in your shoe
    I’ll be your non-stop lover
    Get it while you can
    Your non-stop miracle
    I’m your man

    Get outta my dreams
    Get in to my car
    Get outta my dream
    Get in to the back seat baby
    Get in to my car
    Beep Beep, yeah
    Get outta my mind
    Get in to my life
    Oh I said hey (Hey) you (You)
    Get in to my car

  6. Pink Cadillac, Bruce Springsteen

    You may think Im fooling
    For the foolish things I do
    You may wonder how come I love you
    When you get on my nerves like you do
    Well baby, you know you bug me
    There aint no secret about that
    Well come on over here and hug me
    And, baby, Ill spill the facts
    Well, honey it aint your money
    Cause baby I got plenty of that

    I love you for your pink cadillac
    Crushed velvet seats
    Riding in the back, oozing down the street
    Waving to the girls
    Feeling out of sight
    Spending all my money on a saturday night
    Honey, I just wonder what you do there in back of your pink cadillac
    Pink cadillac

Your Turn: What are your favorite car songs? For that matter, which ones do you completely hate?

4 Responses to “Friday Five: Turn Up the Music”

  1. David Traver Adolphus Says:

    I played Kathy Mattea’s cover of “455 Rocket” at a cruise-in last night. It rocks!

  2. Rana Says:

    “My Pappy said son you’re gonna drive me to drinking if you don’t stop driving that hot rod Lincoln.”

  3. atomicgirl Says:

    i could say that mine’s drive (the cars), last kiss (pearl jam), stan (eminem), and fast car (tracy chapman).

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