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Jerry Reed performs "Lord Mr Ford"

"Lord, Mr. Ford" is a song written by Dick Feller and recorded by Jerry Reed. It was released in May 1973 as the only single from the album of the same name, Lord, Mr. Ford. The single was Jerry Reed's second of three No. 1's on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. "Lord, Mr. Ford" spent one week at the top and a total of 13 weeks inside the chart's top 40.

 

"Lord, Mr. Ford" is a satire on the social, cultural and economic influence the automobile has had on the American public. The lyrics bemoan the fact that a seemingly simple invention to assist mankind has instead brought nothing but grief, become increasingly more complex and added to the increasing fast-paced demands of society. The refrain asks the question aloud to the late Henry Ford: "Lord, Mr. Ford, I just wish that you could see/ What your simple horseless carriage has become."

Jerry Reed Lord Mr Ford lyrics

 

Well if you're one of the millions who own one of them

Gas drinkin' piston clinkin' air pollutin' smoke belchin'

Four wheeled buggies from Detroit City then pay attention

I'm about to sing your song son

 

Well now I'm not a man to point or judge

To bear ill-will or hold a grudge

But I think it's time I said me a few choice words

All about that demon the automobile

The metal monster with the polyglass wheels

The end result of a dream of Henry Ford

Well now I've got a car that's mine alone

That me and the finance company own

A ready made pile of manufactured grief

And if I ain't out of gas in the pourin' rain

I'm changin' a flat in a hurricane

I once spent three days lost on a cloverleaf

 

Well it ain't just the smoke in a traffic jam

That makes me the bitter fool I am

But that four-wheeled buggy is dollarin' me to death

For gas and oil and fluids and grease

And wires and tires and antifreeze

And then them accessories well honey that's somethin' else

Well you can get stereo tape and a color TV

Get a backseat bar and reclinin' seats

And just pay once a month like you do your rent

Well I figured it up and over a period of time

This four thousand dollar car of mine

Cost fourteen thousand dollars and ninety-nine cents

 

Well now Lord Mr Ford I just wish that you could see

What your simple horseless carriage has become

Well it seems your contribution to man

To say the least got a little out of hand

Well Lord Mr Ford what have you done

 

Now the average American father and mother

Own one whole car and half another

And I'll bet that half a car is a trick to drive don't you

But the thing that amazes me I guess

Is the way we measure a man's success

By the kind of an automobile he can afford to buy

Well now it's red light green light traffic cop

Right turn no turn must turn stop

Get out the credit card honey we're out of gas

Well now all the cars placed end to end

Would reach to the moon and back again

And there'd probably be some poor fool pull out to pass

Well now how I yearn for the good ol' days

Without that carbon dioxide haze

A hangin' over the roar on the interstate

Well if the Lord that made the moon and stars

Would've meant for me and you to have cars

He'd've seen that we was born with a parkin' space

 

Lord Mr Ford I just wish that you could see

What your simple horseless carriage has become

Well it seems your contribution to man

To say the least got a little out of hand

Well Lord Mr Ford what have you done

Come away with me Lucille

In my smokin' chokin' automobile



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