A huge reason cars and rock 'n' roll go together so well are the songs of Chuck Berry, who died this month at age 90. It began with Berry's first hit, in 1955, "Maybellene":
As I was motivatin' over the hill
I saw Maybellene in a Coupe de Ville
A Cadillac arollin' on the open road
Nothin' will outrun my V8 Ford
A year later, Berry released the most vivid song ever recorded about the dealership experience, "No Money Down." A sample:
As I was motivatin' back in town
I saw a Cadillac sign sayin' "No Money Down"
So I eased on my brakes and I pulled in the drive
Gunned my motor twice then I walked inside
Dealer came to me said, "Trade in your Ford
And I'll put you in a car that'll eat up the road
Later, Berry specs out his car:
I want power steering and power brakes
I want a powerful motor with a jet off-take
I want air condition, I want automatic heat
And I want a full Murphy bed in my back seat
Finally, he appears to visit the F&I office:
I want a five-year guarantee on everything I got
I want ten dollar deductible, I want twenty dollar notes.
I want thirty thousand liability, that's all she wrote.