Song of the Day #2,886: ‘Magic’ – The Cars

cars_heartbeat_cityThe Cars are another band who passed me by in the 70s and 80s (to be fair, I was between 6-10 years old at the time). I’ve since picked up a couple of their albums, spurred on by $3.99 sales at Amazon.

One is their self-titled 1978 debut, which features such hits as ‘Good Times Roll,’ ‘My Best Friend’s Girl,’ ‘Just What I Needed’ and ‘You’re All I’ve Got Tonight.’ That’s one hell of a start.

The other is 1984’s Heartbeat City, their biggest hit, which was released after the band reunited following a brief hiatus.

This album contains the smash hits ‘You Might Think’ and ‘Drive’ as well as today’s SOTD, ‘Magic,’ a favorite of mine. The rest of the album is a great New Wave collection, not as instantly recognizable as the hits but wonderfully emblematic of the era.

Summer, it turns me upside down
Summer, summer, summer
It’s like a merry-go-round

I see you under the midnight
All shackles and bows
The high shoes
With the cleats a-clicking
A temperamental glow

How could you let me go

Oh, I got a hold on you
Got a hold on you
I’ve got a hold on you tonight

Oh, I got a hold on you
I got a hold on you
(Got a hold on you)
That’s right

(Uh oh, it’s magic)
When I’m with you
(Uh oh, it’s magic)
Just a little magic
You know it’s true
I got a hold on you

Oh, twisted
Under, sideways, down
I know you’re getting twisted
And you can’t calm down

I see you under the midnight
Love darts in your eyes
How far can you take it
Till you realize
There’s magic in your eyes

I got a hold on you
Got a hold on you
Got a hold on you tonight

I got a hold on you
Got a hold on you
(Got a hold on you)
Yeah, oh, yeah, oh

(Uh oh, it’s magic)
Uh oh, when I’m with you
(Uh oh, it’s magic)
Uh oh, it’s magic

Just a little bit of
Magic pulls me through
I got a hold on you

I’ve got a hold on you
I got a hold on you
(I got a hold on you)
That’s right, it’s magic

(Uh oh, it’s magic)
Uh oh, it’s magic
When I’m with you

(Uh oh, it’s magic)
Just a little magic
Inside of you

(Uh oh, it’s magic)
Takes a little bit of magic
That’s true
When I’m with you

(Uh oh, it’s magic)
Gotta be magic
Your magic pulls me through

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,886: ‘Magic’ – The Cars

  1. Dana says:

    I was a Cars fan as a teenager. I always found their music to be a nice blend of pop and new wave. Good stuff.

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