Drive My Car

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About Drive My Car

"Drive My Car" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written primarily by Paul McCartney, with lyrical contributions from John Lennon. It was first released on the British version of the band's 1965 album Rubber Soul; it also appeared in North America on the Yesterday and Today collection. The upbeat, lighthearted "Drive My Car" was used as the opening track for both albums. Over the years the song has been covered by many artists such as former Spice Girls member Melanie C and Lulu, and the US band Breakfast Club, the latter which was featured in the 1988 film License to Drive, that was played over the opening credits.  


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1965
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Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, can't you see
I want to be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between
Baby, you can drive my car
Yes, I'm gonna be a star
Baby, you can drive my car
And maybe I'll love you

I told that girl that my prospects were good
And she said baby, it's understood
Working for peanuts is all very fine
But I can show you a better time

Baby, you can drive my car
Yes, I'm gonna be a star
Baby, you can drive my car
And maybe I'll love you

Beep beep'm beep beep yeah

Baby, you can drive my car
Yes, I'm gonna be a star
Baby, you can drive my car
And maybe I'll love you

I told that girl I can start right away
And she said, "Listen babe I got something to say"
I got no car and it's breaking my heart
But I've found a driver and that's a start

Baby, you can drive my car
Yes, I'm gonna be a star
Baby, you can drive my car
And maybe I'll love you

Beep beep'm beep beep yeah
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah

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The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music. Their best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, they later utilised several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions. more »

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Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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12 facts about this song

Songwriting
"Drive My Car" by The Beatles, was primarily written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, with McCartney taking the lead on vocals. It's famously recognized as one of the many Lennon-McCartney compositions.
Lyrics
Originally, McCartney brought a different set of lyrics to Lennon, outlining a story about a girl who wanted gold rings, but Lennon didn't find it appealing. After a collaborative work session, the storyline changed to a woman who desired a chauffeur, hence "Drive My Car."
Album
The song appears as the opening track on their 1965 album "Rubber Soul". The album is considered one of the greatest albums in the history of music.
Instruments
This song marked the Beatles' increased experimentation with unconventional instrumentation for a rock song. The song introduced the use of a cowbell, simultaneously providing a unique rhythm and texture.
Popularity
Though "Drive My Car" was not released as a single, it became popular due to its inclusion on Rubber Soul, which is one of The Beatles' most critically acclaimed albums.
Later Performances
Many years later, Paul McCartney would often include "Drive My Car" in his live concert setlists, and it can be found on various live albums.
Beatles' Music Evolution
The song is seen by many as an indication of the direction The Beatles' music was heading, moving more towards soul and R&B.
Covers
"Drive My Car" has been covered by many famous artists/bands, including Tom Jones, Aerosmith, and notably, by Billy Joel and Paul McCartney during The Last Play At Shea documentary concert film.
Humorous Interpretations
Many fans and critics have humorously interpreted the song as a cheeky commentary on the gender roles and expectations of the time.
Sound Effects
The song's arrangement also included an overdubbed piano played through a Vox guitar amplifier with added reverb - an innovative sound effect for its time.
Debut Performance
Despite its popularity and longevity, "Drive My Car" was not performed live by The Beatles. The song's live debut didn't come until McCartney's Driving World Tour in 2002.
Use in Media
The song has also been featured in various movies, television series, and commercials. It was included in both The Beatles: Rock Band video game and Cirque du Soleil's Beatles themed show, Love.

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