Odometer Blues

Story Behind The Song

This upbeat rockabilly-style number draws a parallel between the singer--an aging rocker--and his old Chevy, of the same vintage. He may be older, but he won't give up or give out.

Song Description

An old Chevvy becomes the vehicle for an aging rocker to compare his own body to...he is still in motion, and is determined to keep on going strong.

Song Length 4:20 Genre Blues - Rock, Blues - Country
Tempo Fast (151 - 170) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Affable, Cool Subject Searching for Love, Change
Similar Artists Willie Nelson, B.B. King Language English
Era 1950 - 1959

Lyrics

Odometer Blues
By Charlie Crow

Well, me and this old Chevy, we've been around a while-- (yes, we have)
Yeah, me and this old Chevy, we've been around a while
The older we get, the more we're out of style
And my head's like these old tires, it's gettin' slick and bald-- (yes, sir)
Yeah, my head's like these old tires, it's gettin' slick and bald
Just a few more revolutions, be nothin' there at all

Got the ODOMETER BLUES, the ODOMETER BLUES, yes, I do
The miles keep on a-rollin', no matter what I do
So dance with me Baby, don't let me feel so blue

Well, it's rust on my tailpipe, scratches on my chrome-- (mmm-hmm)
I said, rust on my tailpipe, scratches on my chrome
If I run a little longer, I'll have to park at home
Oh, ten, twenty, thirty--don't seem like long at all-- (no, it don't)
No, ten, twenty, thirty--don't seem like long at all
But come fifty or sixty, you need an overhaul

Oh, the ODOMETER BLUES, the ODOMETER BLUES make me sad
My dip stick is dirty and my brakes are bad
But dance with me Baby, and you can make me glad

(Musical bridge)

And, for a quarter a gallon, we used do the town-- (remember that?)
Yeah, for two bits a gallon, we could do the town (that's right!)
Now it's three bucks and risin', and fifty dollars down
And when my paint was new and shiny, I used to rock all week-- (yes, I did)
Yeah, when my paint was new and shiny, I used to rock and roll all week
Now I'm broke down by sundown; a bonifide antique

Got the ODOMETER BLUES, the ODOMETER BLUES, 'deed I do (woo !)
Can't turn it back to zero, if I wanted to
So dance with me Baby--
Rock with me Baby--
Dance with me Baby--
Roll with me Baby--
Dance with me Baby--
I still got time for you... (hold tight, now!)

Charlie Crow © 2008
Fading Sunset Music
All Rights Reserved

Lyrics Charlie Crow Music Charlie Crow
Producer Charlie Crow and Doug Deforest Publisher Charlie Crow
Performance Charlie Crow

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