Welcome back for more Hump Day fun. It’s 2015 and we have a whole new round of filth lined up for you this year! We’ll ease in slowly to 2015 with a fairly tame set of tunes that aren’t particularly blunt but they get the point across. The International Blues Challenge is happening next week so if you’ll be on the road to Memphis you might think about a whole other kind of joyride while you’re cruising down the highway.
Since the dawn of the automobile, it has not only been used as a sexual metaphor in song, it’s also been used as a rolling hotel room for young lovers everywhere. Some musicians have worked their exploits into songs. Some have sung about the woe of seeing their lover in the car of another. You just can’t trust a woman who will spend the day riding around town while you’re hard at work! Still others have written songs about the desire to go for midnight rides. Naturally, these songs are about making sure the young ladies are safe and not walking late at night along dangerous roadways. Their safety is your primary concern, right fellas? And if there happen to be some submarine races happening, you’ll be more than happy to give the ladies a ride, if you know what I mean.
So, this week we’ll look at the evolution of a relationship as it moves from one car-related stage to the last. First, when the romance is new you want to take your young lover for a ride in your car under the romantic moonlit sky. Howlin’ Wolf knew this long before he left Memphis. He tells us all about it in “Baby, Ride With Me.”
Next, the romance has waned. You’re working hard all day long and you get the feeling your woman isn’t hanging around the house just waiting for you to come home. She’s having fun joyriding in some other guy’s car. Lightnin’ Hopkins had it happen to him and he shares his misery in “Automobile Blues.”
Eventually, everything comes to an end. Relationships are a lot like cars. They’re exciting and powerful when new, but they take some hits – a few bumps in the road, somebody in a parking lot slams into them a few times, the bumper gets out of shape, the paint job fades, things start to leak… Sure you can fix it up a little, give it a good jump to get it going but in the end it’s time to part ways. It might be a difficult split. Jimmy Thackery has some great advice for handling the break up.
Howlin’ Wolf Baby Ride With Me
Lightnin’ Hopkins Automobile Blues
Jimmy Thackery Cool Guitars