The Beatles -- ‘Drive My Car’

Drive My Car (2.30)

John Lennon: Lead vocal; Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar, piano; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

Paul described writing this song in ‘Many Years From Now’: “Often you just block songs out with words that just come into your mind, and when you do that it’s hard to get rid of them… The lyrics I brought in were something to do with golden rings, which is always fatal. ‘Rings’ is fatal anyway, ‘rings’ always rhymes with ‘things’ and I knew that was a bad idea. So I came in and said, ‘These aren’t good lyrics but it’s a good tune.’

“The tune was nice, the tune was there, but we couldn’t think of anything and eventually it was, ‘Oh let’s leave it, let’s get off this one.’ So we had a break, maybe had a cigarette or a cup of tea, then we came back to it, and somehow it became ‘drive my car’ instead of ‘gold-en rings’, and then it was wonderful because this nice tongue-in-cheek …

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