Car Tunes: Hot Rod Race #5 – The Kid in the Model A

After George Wilson gave the Mercury driver’s perspective in #4, Arkie Shibley brought the song cycle full circle with the point of view of the kid in the hopped up Model A.

Full lyrics after the jump.

HOT ROD RACE #5 (THE KID IN THE MODEL-A)
(written by Arkie Shibley)
Arkie Shibley – 1951

I’m just the kid from the hot rod race,
the one that the cops wouldn’t even chase.
I didn’t think they’d get so hot,
I’s just drivin’ along in my hopped-up pot.

 

When I saw two cars on the road ahead,
a-racin’ like mad, to myself I said,
“I’ll have some fun an’ pass ’em by far,
they think they’re so hot in their brand new cars”.

I let her out a little bit more,
I pushed the foot clean to the floor.
“I’ll show those guys who’s in top place,
I’ll really give ’em a hot rod race.

I bent a little further over the wheel,
and felt the floorboard beneath my heel.
I heard the sudden roar of my old exhaust pipe,
I knew right then the race they’d fight.

I rolled up behind ’em an’ give ’em a blast,
to let ’em know I’s about to pass,
but they didn’t budge, and their wild, mad ride,
they stayed ahead an’ was side-by-side.

So I took to the ditch to get by the flight,
I scattered sand to the left and sand to the right.
It didn’t even slow their speed,
my Model-A has what I need.

Now I passed up the guys in that race,
I’ve got us back to a normal pace.
I got her by without a spill,
whoa, boy, it was quite a thrill.

If ya ever get mad at a hot rod kid,
remember the things that once’t you did,
when you were young, carefree and gay,
and had a hopped-up Model-A.

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