Musicians and carsits a love affair that comes close to rivaling relationships with the opposite sex, if not leaving them in the dust. Auto-erotic songs and lyrics are as integral to rock and roll as guitars, drums, and spleen-vibrating stacks of Marshall amps. Even the toughest, leather-and-chains-clad rocker can instantly melt into sentimental, dewy-eyed moosh at the tantalizing sight of a curvaceous Ferrari F-60 or the bone-rattling sound of a big-block muscle car. Fast living and fast cars have fueled countless songs and lyrics. Here are a few tire smokin tunes:
Im in Love with My Car by Queen
Written and sung by drummer Roger Taylor, this song and its lyrics are the ultimate ode to love between man and machine. With the passion of a beau serenading his one-and-only, Taylor croons the lyrics, Im in love with my car/Got a feel for my automobile/Get a grip on my boy racer rollbar/Such a thrill when your radials squeal. The songs grand finale is the revving sound of Taylors own Alfa Romeo. Maybe that was the cars way of saying, Look, uh, youre a great guy, but cant we just be friends?
Highway Star by Deep Purple
Feelings about a car cross the double yellow line between love and possessiveness in the lyrics of this Deep Purple classic: Nobodys gonna take my car/Im gonna race it to the ground/Nobodys gonna beat my car/Its gonna break the speed of sound. Appropriately, this fast song with its fast lyrics about a fast car is considered to be the first speed metal tune. The song and its lyrics were written fast, toopenned on a tour bus on the way to a gig in 1971, and performed onstage that same night.
I Cant Drive 55 by Sammy Hagar
The Red Rocker redlines his music and lyrics in this protest against driving his four-wheeled friends within the speed limit. Hagar was inspired to write the lyrics, Write me up for 125/Post my face, wanted dead or alive/Take my license and all that jive/I cant drive 55 when he told a cop, after being pulled over for speeding, I cant drive 55! That excuse didnt get him out of a ticket, but it did get him a hit song. The tune and its full-throttle lyrics were later re-recorded for NASCAR as I Cant Drive 65.
Cadillac Ranch by Bruce Springsteen
This nitrous-injected song and its lyrics are about a mans eternal love for a classic beautythe chrome and steel variety, that is. Although it would be hard to make the distinction just by hearing the opening lyrics, Well, there she sits, buddy, just a-gleamin in the sun/There to greet a working man, when his day is done. The lyrics soon clear things up about who the lucky dreamboat is, and how Springsteen want to go to that big scrapheap in the sky with her: Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts/Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth/Well, buddy, when I die, throw my body in the back/And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac. Now thats devotion!
As long as cars are being immortalized with flattering music and doting lyrics, their value will never depreciate!