Songs About Cars & Trucks

Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
The automobile is part of our culture, and it
creeps into just about everything we
do....including song writing.

I'm starting to collect what I hope will become a
sort of "Master List" of popular songs that are
either directly about a car, about driving, or
about a journey by car, truck, bus (four wheels or
more only, sorry you bike freaks) you name it. It
could be as specific as Tom Waits' "Ol' 55" (no,
trivia buffs, it wasn't a Chevy!) or as obvious as
"Little Deuce Coupe" or Janis Joplin's "Mercedes
Benz" all you can...I'm sure there are
hundreds I don't know, especially in the newer
head-banging music, so if you can be specific about
the title and singer(s), that would help. (Who
sang that line....oooooo...drivin' my life

thanks for the help!


  • GTRocksGTRocks Member Posts: 48
    Mustang Sally


    Beach Boys have a whole plethora...

    I'll keep listening see if I can get a bunch for ya.
  • SpedmanSpedman Member Posts: 15
    The best car song I've ever heard was from a country singer, Dan Seals, who did a song called "My Old Yellow Car". The song really captures the feeling a lot of us have for that one old car we had when we were young that we'd love to have back. "Somewhere in a pile of rubber and steel,
    Lies a rusted old shell of an sutomobile,
    And if engines could run on desire alone,
    That old yellow car would be driving me
  • SpedmanSpedman Member Posts: 15
    Adddndum: Mr. Shiftright, the singer who sang, "oooh, driving my life away_____" was Eddie Rabbit. I think "Driving My Life Away" was the name of the song too.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Thanks Spedman...I think that's right...okay, that's a good song and goes on the list, and the Dan Seals, too, thank you.
  • GTRocksGTRocks Member Posts: 48
    Damn...there's one by Rush that's driving me nuts....Classic racing tune. One of my all time favorite songs.....

    Red something...

    Help me guys...

    "My uncle has a place, that no one knows about...
    They say it used to be a ____, before a motor lodge....."

    Tells a whole story about him racing this old car that his uncle kept under wraps.

    Awesome's on the tip of my tongue....
  • GTRocksGTRocks Member Posts: 48
    Got's called Red Barchetta. Here's the lyrics:

    Red Barchetta

    My uncle has a country place
    That no one knows about.
    He says it used to be a farm
    Before the Motor Law.
    On Sundays I elude the Eyes,
    And hop the Turbine Freight
    To far outside the Wire
    Where my white-haired uncle waits.

    Jump to the ground
    As the Turbo slows to cross the borderline.
    Run like the wind
    As excitement shivers up and down my spine.
    Down in his barn
    My uncle preserved for me an old machine
    For fifty-odd years.
    To keep it as new has been his dearest dream.

    I strip away the old debris
    That hides a shining car,
    A brilliant red Barchetta
    >From a better vanished time.
    I fire up the willing engine
    Responding with a roar.
    Tires spitting gravel,
    I commit my weekly crime.

    In my hair
    Shifting and drifting
    Mechanical music
    Adrenaline surge...

    Well-weathered leather,
    Hot metal and oil,
    The scent of country air.
    Sunlight on chrome,
    The blur of the landscape,
    Every nerve aware.

    Suddenly ahead of me
    Across the mountainside
    A gleaming alloy air-car
    Shoots towards me, two lanes wide.
    I spin around with shrieking tires
    To run the deadly race
    Go screaming through the valley
    As another joins the chase.

    Drive like the wind
    Straining the limits of machine and man.
    Laughing out loud with fear and hope
    about a desperate plan.
    At the one-lane bridge
    I leave the giants stranded at the riverside.
    Race back to the farm
    To dream with my uncle at the fireside.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Well, ain't that somethin'!

    Old Ferrari, sounds be sure everyone to pronounce it correctly,'s bar-KETT-a, not CHET as is Chet Baker (and don't say "who's that?" or you lose 10 jazz points...)
  • GTRocksGTRocks Member Posts: 48
    It's probably my all time favorite song. Definitely not jazz though. Rock and roll classic. Thought you would enjoy the lyrics.
  • GTRocksGTRocks Member Posts: 48
    Oh, and no comment on Chet Baker....
  • jeff88jeff88 Member Posts: 94
    How can anyone forget:

    "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen.

    "Son, you gonna drive me to drinkin',
    if you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln"
  • bill42bill42 Member Posts: 29
    Bruce Springsteen, Pink Cadillac

    Aretha Franklin, Freeway of Love
  • JPhamJPham Member Posts: 148
    SPringsteen's "Racing in the Street" is classic.
    Prince's "Little Red Corvette"
  • 97grandamgt97grandamgt Member Posts: 11
    B-52's "Roam", great travel song, with the top down,(sunroof in my case) on an open freeway.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    oh, oh, it's coming...wait!....what's his name....David about a woman washing her Jaguar?...c'mon, help me...
  • EgospoonEgospoon Member Posts: 10
    "Cars" by Gary Numan. Refers (not that this is obvious from the lyrics) to a white '79 Corvette (quite the status symbol in the U.K.).

    Probably the only gloomy and paranoid song that'll make your list....
  • vmanvman Member Posts: 103
    Classic Queen from Day at the races!

    Song: "I'm in love with my car"

    - ooooooooooooh The machine of a dream,such a clean machine.

    With the pistons a' pumpin', and the hub caps all gleam.

    I'm in love with my car, got a feel for my automobile.

    .......Told my girl I'd have to forgert her, rather buy me a new carburettor. So she made tracks now saying this is the end now, cars don't talk back there just four wheeled friends now...
  • vmanvman Member Posts: 103
    Can't forget the Eagles' "Take it easy"

    I've been runnin' down the road tryin to loosen my load, got seven women on my mind.........
  • vmanvman Member Posts: 103
    Correction......The must hear Queen classic "I'm in love with my car' is on the "A night at the opera" album. Sorry, it's been twenty some years!
  • gman007gman007 Member Posts: 1
    What about George Jones and the Corvette song?

    ... she was hotter than a $2.00 pistol
    fastest thing around, long and lean
    every young man's dream, turn every head in town!

    ... she was built and fun to handle son,
    I'm glad that you dropped in, she reminds me of
    the one I loved back then.
  • persidpersid Member Posts: 1
    there's also that Offspring song, Bad Habit

    "...but when i'm in my car, don't give me no crap
    cause the slightest thing and i just might snap
    when i go driving i stay in my lane
    but getting cut off makes me insane..."
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    You know, I never tried to rhyme "forget her" with "carburetor" before learn something new every day.
  • vmanvman Member Posts: 103
    You've got to get hold of that song Mr_Shiftright!
    You can thank me later.
  • vmanvman Member Posts: 103
    I can't believe that no one posted "Born to Run" yet by Springsteen. This was the anthem for a generation of motorheads.
  • codetalkercodetalker Member Posts: 11
    "Runnin' Down A Dream" (Tom Petty)
    "Goin' Mobile" (The Who)
  • alan_ralan_r Member Posts: 1
    Sweet Little 66, Steve Earle
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516
    In no particular order...

    Songs specifically about driving/vehicles

    1. Jackie Brenston (sp?): "Rocket 88" argued to be one of the first rock and roll songs from the late 40s

    2-3. Brian Setzer Orchestra: "Ghost Radio" (from Guitar Slinger - about a trucker hearing an old song during a storm) and Switchblade 327 (from The Dirty Boogie - drag racing a 32 Deuce)

    4. Chuck Berry: "No Particular Place To Go"

    5. Steppenwolf: "Born To Be Wild"

    Songs with a "good driving rhythm"

    6. Isley Brothers: "Shout 1 & 2"

    7. George Thorogood: "Treat Her Right"

    8. almost anything by Van Halen up to the "1984" album
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516
    I knew I'd think of others later:

    9. Kinks: "Destroyer" - still the best guitar riff on Earth

    10. Kinks (or Van Halen): "You Really Got Me" - the second best guitar riff :)

    11. Rolling Stones: "Jumping Jack Flash" - mostly from the scene with Michael Keaton in the movie "Night Shift"

    12. Kingsmen: "louie Louie" - no explanation should be needed
  • bheplerbhepler Member Posts: 101
    I'm suprised nobody has mentioned "Little Old Lady from Pasadena".

    Or "Dead Man's Curve", or "Beep Beep"...

    You know, come to think of it, I have a three CD collection at home called "Legendary Hot Rod Hits". I'll post the song list when I get home (unless you think that takes the fun out of this).
  • shaylashayla Member Posts: 1
    There is a great song by the Old 97's (one of my favorite alternative country bands) called "If My Heart Was a Car." Some choice lyrics:

    "And if my heart was a car, you would have stripped it a long time ago.
    And if my heart was a car, you would have stripped it down and sold it off to the greasy man in the salvage lot, but as it is it's just a heart, and no, no, it ain't worth nothin'."
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Reminds me of something I read in a book once, a guy describing what it was like to have fallen prey to a femme fatale (guys always blame it on the other half, of course). "Having a romance with her made me understand what a stolen car feels like...hotwired, taken for a wild ride, stripped of all usable parts and abandoned in a deserted parking lot". Not a song, but should be.
  • cobra98cobra98 Member Posts: 76
    Don't know if it's been mentioned yet:
    "Going the distance" by Cake on the Fashion Nugget album.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    thank you, duly noted in the songbook!
  • bcathcartbcathcart Member Posts: 54
    How about `57 chevrolet` by a lady country and western singer whose name escapes me. Also i remember a song about a cadillac made from parts stolen over several years by an assembly line guy.Theres also `chitty chitty bang bang ` by Dick Van [non-permissible content removed] what a name ,what a guy!
  • ratchratch Member Posts: 21
    Well, practically anything by Jan and deen (?) and "Take Me for a Ride" by Peter, Paul, and Mary

    "Take me for a ride in your truck, Mack
    take me for a ride in your Mack truck
    take me for a ride
    take me for a ride
    take me for a ride
    in your truck, Mac"

    Thunder Road -- I think...
  • cobra98cobra98 Member Posts: 76
    "Crazy about a Mercury" - Alan Jackson (country)
  • bcathcartbcathcart Member Posts: 54
    Route 66 Nat King Cole and others
  • rapunzelrapunzel Member Posts: 15
    the name of the song, but one by Dave Edmunds, where he's complaining about the family car. Something about passing "fine going downhill, then I'm out of luck," "goin' so slow it looks like I'm backin' up," "I'd add another carburator (sp?), see if it'd do a little good, ain't no place to put it 'less I perforate the hood." The kicker of the song is the kid asking his dad to get rid of the old Ford and get a Cadillac, and he signs this "letter", Henry Jr. Ford.
    As for songs to drive to, my all-time favorites are "TROUBLE" by Travis Tritt (maybe my Mustang and I identify with it), anything by Stevie Ray Vaughn, and "American Girl" by Tom Petty.
  • rapunzelrapunzel Member Posts: 15
    "You Can Sleep While I Drive" by Melissa Ethridge
    And who could forget "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    I can't forget it I've heard it so many times, but that's not Willie's fault, so thanks....actually I liked the Schmenge Brothers version, I bet nobody's heard that...done with accordians.
  • sebringjxisebringjxi Member Posts: 140
    What? Nobody's mentioned Radar Love by Golden Earring? How 'bout Mabeline? 6 Days On The Road (either version)? Maybe include Bbbbad to the Bone--from the Christine soundtrack? But my
    ZZ Top's Greatest Hits CD gets me going every time. Listen to their version of Viva Las Vegas (with The King in the background) and I'm doing 90 mph!

    Bhelper, where did you get that Hot Rod Hits CD? Please, put up the list of songs!

  • sebringjxisebringjxi Member Posts: 140
    Oh yeah, the Beatles--Drive My Car!
  • rapunzelrapunzel Member Posts: 15
    Bobby McFerrin has one that goes something like "Gonna get in my car/Drive away/Drive so far/No one's gonna find me/Put my foot on the gas/Accelerate/Drive so fast/No one's gonna catch me." Sounds like a good idea to me!
    I saw a CD Saturday that was a Harley Davidson road song collection of country songs. That's where I got the oh-duh for "On the Road Again." I'd tried to block it out of my head too, Mr. Shiftright.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516

    two othe tracks on ZZ's Greatest Hits (also a staple in my console):

    - Under Pressure - if that doesn't conjure up "Sunday! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!" from any drag race commercial, nothing ever will

    - Planet of Women (I know, I know) - but the bassline is very conducive to shifting... sorta like 2 lines per gear :)
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326
    The song about the guy stealing the parts from the factory and taking them home in his lunchbox was Johnny Cash's "One Piece At A Time." It's hilarious.

    My theme song since owning a truck has been a country oldie called "Give Me Forty Acres And I'll Turn This Rig Around" but I can't remember who sang it. Maybe someone else will know it -

    "Give me forty acres and I'll turn this rig around
    It's the easiest way that I've found.
    Some guys can turn it on a dime or turn it right downtown,
    But I need forty acres to turn this rig around."

    And no one mentioned Willy Nelson's "On The Road Again?"
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,350
    " the door handles off, but you know I'll never miss them........."

    What was the song, who did it?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,350
    Sorry, I meant " The door handles are off"
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Don't know that one...have you heard

    "Rusty Old American Dream" by David Wilcox?

    "I'm a tail-finned road locomotive
    From the days of cheap gasoline,
    I'm for sale by the side of the road
    Goin' nowhere...
    Rusty Old American Dream"

    (best line a little later in the song--)

    "Don't let me die here all alone..."
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,350
    No, haven't heard of that one.

    " The door handles are off but, you know I'll never miss them, thy open when I want with a solenoid system"

    The song was:

    Cherry Cherry Coupe

    The Beach Boys
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Oh, yeah, you used to open the door with your toe, under the rocker panel...very slick...
  • obiwanobiwan Member Posts: 57
    Curiosity got the better of me, so I went to and looked it up (and bought a copy while I was there). Here's the song list from that 3 CD set:

    Disc: 1
    1. Beep Beep - The Playmates
    2. Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys
    3. Mr. Eliminator - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
    4. King Of The Wheels - The Bobby Fuller Four
    5. Bucket T - Jan & Dean
    6. Little Honda - The Hondells
    7. 409 - The Beach Boys
    8. Three Window Coupe - The Rip Chords
    9. Beach Buggy - The Shutdowns
    10. Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean

    Disc: 2
    1. Hot Rod Lincoln - Charlie Ryan
    2. I Get Around - The Beach Boys
    3. Scavenger, The - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
    4. She Rides With Me - Paul Petersen
    5. Drag City - Jan & Dean
    6. Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys
    7. Squad Car - Eddie & The Showmen
    8. Hey Little Cobra - The Rip Chords
    9. Schlock Rod (Part 1) - Jan & Dean
    10. Wheels - The String A Longs

    Disc: 3
    1. Ballad Of Thunder Road, The - Robert Mitchum
    2. Shut Down - The Beach Boys
    3. In His Car - Robin Ward
    4. 40 Miles Of Bad Road - Duane Eddy
    5. I Gotta Drive - The Matadors
    6. Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan & Dean
    7. Custom Machine - Bruce & Terry
    8. G.T.O. - Ronny & The Daytonas
    9. Mag Wheels - Gary Usher
    10. Dragster - Johnny Fortune
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