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“Drive My Car” by the Beatles

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    “Drive My Car” by the Beatles is a classic rock song.

    Song Title: Drive My Car
    Artist: the Beatles
    Album: Rubber Soul
    Genre: classic rock, rock
    Composer: Copyright © 1965 Lennon–McCartney (primarily written by Paul McCartney with lyrical contributions from John Lennon)
    Lead Vocals: Paul McCartney, John Lennon
    Harmony Vocals: George Harrison
    Backing Vocals: John Lennon
    Lead Guitar: Paul McCartney
    Rhythm Guitar: George Harrison
    Piano: Paul McCartney
    Bass Guitar: George Harrison (6-string bass)
    Drums: Ringo Starr
    Tambourine: Ringo Starr
    Cow bell: Ringo Starr
    Producer: George Martin
    Recorded: 13 October 1965, EMI Studios, London
    Released: 3 December 1965
    Label: Parlophone, EMI
    Number of listens: 3361
    Current rank: 1857 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 1729 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Drive My Car” is a song primarily written by Paul McCartney, with lyrical contributions from John Lennon, and first released by the Beatles on the British version of the 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.

Lyrics

    The song’s male narrator is told by a woman that she is going to be a famous movie star, and she offers him the opportunity to be her chauffeur, adding “and maybe I’ll love you.” When he objects that his “prospects are good”, she retorts that “working for peanuts is all very fine/but I can show you a better time.” When he agrees to her proposal, she admits that she does not have a car, “but [she’s] found a driver and that’s a start.” According to McCartney, “‘Drive my car’ was an old blues euphemism for sex”.

Composition

    When McCartney arrived at Lennon’s Weybridge home for a writing session, he had the tune in his head, but “The lyrics were disastrous, and I knew it.” The chorus began, “You can buy me diamond rings”, a cliche they’d used twice before in “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I Feel Fine” (As well as the discarded “If You’ve Got Trouble”). Lennon dismissed the lyrics as “crap” and “too soft”. They decided to rewrite the lyrics and after some difficulty—McCartney said it was “one of the stickiest” writing sessions—they settled on the “drive my car” theme (which Bob Spitz credits to Lennon) and the rest of the lyrics flowed easily from that.

Recording

    “Drive My Car” was recorded on 13 October 1965 in the Beatles’ first recording session to extend past midnight. McCartney, working closely with George Harrison, laid down the basic rhythm track, doubling similar riffing lines on bass and low guitar, as per Harrison’s suggestion. Harrison had been listening to Otis Redding’s “Respect” at the time and, as a result of its influence, “Drive My Car” has more bottom than any previous Beatles recording, mimicking the bass-heavy sound generated in Redding’s Memphis studio.

    McCartney played the lead guitar solo, although Harrison plays the guitar which doubles the bass throughout the song. Harrison claimed to have also played the 6-string bass part.

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    Concert organizer Live Nation pulled the plug on a Bruce Springsteen concert in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
    Bruce Springsteen had already exceeded the 10:30 p.m. curfew by a half an hour when Paul McCartney joined him on stage to sing “I Saw her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout”.
    Live Nation officials turned off the microphones, forcing Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney to leave the stage without even getting a chance to thank the audience.
    Live Nation claimed that silencing the musicians was “in the interest of the public’s health and safety.”
    Steven Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, criticized the decision as "heavy-handed".
    Steven Van Zandt wrote on Twitter, “English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!” and “On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?” and “There’s no grudges held. Just feel bad for our great fans. ... It’s some City Council stupid rule.”
    London Mayor Boris Johnson was critical, saying, “It sounds to me like an excessively efficious decision. You won’t get that during the Olympics. If they’d called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!”
    There are calls for boycotting the London Olympics because of the murder of Lennox by government officials.

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