Drive My Car

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"Drive My Car"
Song by the Beatles from the album Rubber Soul
Released3 December 1965
Recorded13 October 1965,
EMI Studios, London
GenreHard rock,[1] rock and roll[2]
Length2:28
LabelParlophone, EMI
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
Rubber Soul track listing
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"Drive My Car"
Song by the Beatles from the album Rubber Soul
Released3 December 1965
Recorded13 October 1965,
EMI Studios, London
GenreHard rock,[1] rock and roll[2]
Length2:28
LabelParlophone, EMI
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
Rubber Soul track listing
Music sample
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"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[edit]

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."[3] According to McCartney, "'Drive my car' was an old blues euphemism for sex".[4]

Composition[edit]

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."[5] 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).[6] Lennon dismissed the lyrics as "crap" and "too soft".[7] They decided to rewrite the lyrics and after some difficulty—McCartney said it was "one of the stickiest" writing sessions[8]—they settled on the "drive my car" theme (which Bob Spitz credits to Lennon)[7] and the rest of the lyrics flowed easily from that.[4]

Recording[edit]

"Drive My Car" was recorded on 13 October 1965 in the Beatles' first recording session to extend past midnight.[9] 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.[6]

McCartney played the lead guitar solo, although Harrison plays the guitar which doubles the bass throughout the song.[6] Harrison claimed to have also played the 6-string bass part.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[6]

Covers and other appearances[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richie Unterberger 2009.
  2. ^ Scaruffi
  3. ^ Aldridge 1990, p. 24.
  4. ^ a b Miles 1997, p. 270.
  5. ^ Miles 1997, p. 269.
  6. ^ a b c d MacDonald 2005, pp. 166.
  7. ^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 586.
  8. ^ a b The Beatles 2000, p. 194.
  9. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 63.

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