Car Tunes:
No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry, George Thorogood

Chuck recycled his 1957 hit, School Days, with a new arrangement and lyrics and turned it in No Particular Place To Go, which made the top 10 in 1964, no small accomplishment in a year when the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan were in their most fecund periods. No Particular Place To Go may be the ultimate cruising song, much as the protagonist’s amorous intentions are thwarted by a seat belt that won’t unbuckle. Can you get any better than an opening line of “Riding around in my automobile”? Here’s live version from French television and the original, along with George Thorogood’s supercharged uptempo version. Lyrics below the jump.

Ridin’ along in my automobile
My baby beside me at the wheel
I stole a kiss at the turn of a mile
My curiosity runnin’ wild

Cruisin’ and playin’ the radio
With no particular place to go.

Ridin’ along in my automobile
I was anxious to tell her the way I feel,
So I told her softly and sincere,
And she leaned and whispered in my ear
Cuddlin’ more and drivin’ slow,
With no particular place to go.

No particular place to go,
So we parked way out on the Kokomo
The night was young and the moon was gold
So we both decided to take a stroll
Can you imagine the way I felt?
I couldn’t unfasten her safety belt!

Ridin’ along in my calaboose
Still tryin’ to get her belt unloose
All the way home I held a grudge,
For the safety belt that
wouldn’t budge
Cruisin’ and playin’ the radio
With no particular place to go.

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