Song of the Day #1,453: ‘Drive My Car’ – The Beatles

Best Albums of the 60s – #8
Rubber Soul – The Beatles (1965)

Rubber Soul is the album on which The Beatles grew up. The lads who’d smiled through ‘Love Me Do’ and a dozen other simple ditties were now singing about Norwegian wood and nowhere men. Lyrically and musically, they were paving a new path, one from which every rock band for a generation would draw inspiration.

This album also marked the transition from touring band to studio band. The Beatles had performed their last live show — one in which their music could barely be heard over the screams, as usual. From this point on they would dedicate all of their time to recording.

Rubber Soul revolutionized the concept of what an album could be. More than just a collection of songs, this record had a consistent tone and vision. Even though the songs didn’t relate to each other thematically, they were clearly of a piece.

Tragically, the record label continued a pattern of releasing altered version of the band’s album in the U.S. market, leaving four tracks (including ‘Drive My Car’ and ‘Nowhere Man’) off the North American release and replacing them with two tracks previously held off of the U.S. release of Help! I’m so glad I discovered these albums in their original British incarnations.

Despite the importance of Rubber Soul to The Beatles’ catalog, it does contain a few clunkers, ‘Michelle’ and ‘The Word’ chief among them. But it also features ‘In My Life,’ perhaps the band’s finest moment.

Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, can’t you see
I wanna be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

I told that girl that my prospects were good
And she said baby, it’s understood
Working for peanuts is all very fine
But I can show you a better time

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

Beep beep’m beep beep yeah

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

I told that girl I can start right away
When she said listen babe I got something to say
I got no car and it’s breaking my heart
But I found a driver and that’s a start

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,453: ‘Drive My Car’ – The Beatles

  1. Dana says:

    Despite “Michelle,”this remains my favorite Beatles album, and since I would place the Beatles on top of a list of best 60s artists (and really best of all time), it is hard to imagine that I will agree with the 5 albums ranked higher on your list. I know that Revolver will be there, probably one overall, and I can’t argue too much over that one though.

    I assume that the omissions on the first US release were fixed by the time this came out on cd, as I don’t recall ever owning a version without the two great songs you referenced.

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