Car Tunes: Beep, Beep (Little Nash Rambler) by the Playmates

Does anyone besides Weird Al Yankovic record novelty songs these days? Humorous and oddball recordings used to be a staple of Top 40 radio in the 1950s and 1960s. Beep, Beep, the “little Nash Rambler” song was released in 1958, just as compact cars were starting to attract American consumers’ attentions. There was a deep recession then and the low priced Ramblers were doing very well. Later popularized for a new audience by radio’s Dr. Demento’s show, Beep, Beep was a pretty big hit when it first came out, reaching #4 on Billboard’s Top 40 list and staying on the charts for three months. Over a million copies were sold and the Playmates received a gold record for its sales success. Because of a BBC rule prohibiting brand names in songs, a special European version had to be recorded with “Cadillac” and “Nash Rambler” replaced by “limousine” and “bubble car” (the late 1950s was the golden age for Euro microcars, also called bubble cars).

Lyrics after the jump.

 

Beep, Beep (Little Nash Rambler)

While riding in my Cadillac, what to my surprise,
A little Nash Rambler was following me, about one-third my size.
The guy must have wanted to pass me out
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep).
I’ll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn.

cho: Beep beep (beep beep),
Beep beep (beep beep),
His horn went beep beep beep (beep beep).

I pushed my foot down to the floor to give the guy the shake,
But the little Nash Rambler stayed right behind, he still had
on his brake.
He must have thought his car had more guts,
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep).
I’ll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn.

cho:

My car went in to passing gear and we took off with gust,
And soon we were doing ninety, must have left him in the dust.
When I peeked in the mirror of my car, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The little Nash Rambler was right behind, you’d think that
guy could fly.

cho:

Now we’re doing a hundred and ten, it certainly was a race,
For a Rambler to pass a Caddy would be a big disgrace.
The guy must have wanted to pass me out as he kept on tooting his horn.
I’ll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn.

cho:

Now we’re doing a hundred and twenty, as fast as I could go.
The Rambler pulled alongside of me as if we were going slow.
The fellow rolled his window down and yelled for me to hear:
“Hey, buddy, how can I get this car out of second gear?”

 

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