Rollin’ to the Oldies: Cars in Song

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“Racing in the Street” — Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has released several car-related songs over the years — “Racing in the Street” debuted in 1978. As the title indicates, this song is about drag racing — the first line is “I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor.” However, it wasn’t Bruce doing the driving. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about this song, Springsteen said, “I was hitchhiking, I didn’t have a car! But I wanted one real bad.” The last line of the song is a subtle take on the classic song by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, “Dancin’ in the Street” — “Cause summer’s here and the time is right for racing in the street.”

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