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Chuck Berry performs "Maybellene"

Chuck Berry performs "Maybellene".

"Maybellene" is one of the first rock and roll songs. It was written and recorded in 1955 by Chuck Berry, and inspired/adapted from the Western Swing fiddle tune "Ida Red", which was recorded in 1938 by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Berry's song tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It was released in July 1955 as a single by Chess Records, of Chicago, Illinois.It was Berry's first single and his first hit. "Maybellene" is considered one of the pioneering rock songs: Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "Rock & roll guitar starts here." The record is an early instance of the complete rock-and-roll package: youthful subject matter; a small, guitar-driven combo; clear diction; and an atmosphere of unrelenting excitement. The lyrics describe a man driving a V8 Ford chasing his unfaithful girlfriend in her Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

Chuck Berry - Maybellene Lyrics

 

Maybellene, why can't you be true?

Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?

You've started back doing the things you used to do.

As I was motivatin' over the hill

I saw Maybellene in a coup de ville.

A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road,

Nothin' will outrun my V8 Ford.

The Cadillac doin' 'bout ninety-five,

She's bumper to bumper rollin' side by side.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?

Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?

You've started back doing the things you used to do.

Pink in the mirror on top of the hill,

It's just like swallowin' up a medicine pill.

First thing I saw that Cadillac grille

Doin' a hundred and ten gallopin' over that hill.

Offhill curve, a downhill stretch,

Me and that Cadillac neck by neck.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?

Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?

You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The Cadillac pulled up ahead of the Ford,

The Ford got hot and wouldn't do no more.

It then got clody and it started to rain,

I tooted my horn for a passin' lead

The rain water blowin' all under my hood,

I knew that was doin' my motor good.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?

Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?

You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The motor cooled down, the heat went down

And that's when I heard that highway sound.

The Cadillac a-sittin' like a ton of lead

A hundred and ten a half a mile ahead.

The Cadillac lookin' like it's sittin' still

And I caught Maybellene at the top of the hill.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?

Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?

You've started back doing the things you used to do.


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