Song Lyric Sunday: I Like Driving in My Car

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
automobile, car, jalopy, vehicle.
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Time for a little Madness, an English two-tone ska band. They formed in 1977, broke up in 1986, and reformed in 1992. And they are still gigging and performing today.

Their music is laced with humour and bounces along like a Space-Hopper on speed. But don’t be fooled: they tackled some deep subjects such as teenage pregnancy (Embarrassment), death (Cardiac Arrest), animal testing (Tomorrows Dream) and Depression (Grey Day).

But today’s pick is a straightforward piece of fluff about a guy’s love of driving. This isn’t my favourite Madness song, but it is so infectious and fun, you’ll want to crank up the old jalopy and take your better half out for a spin.

The video is typical Madness mayhem, but the best bit for me is the car – a white 1959 Morris Minor. My dream car, but only if I can have it in British racing green.

First fun fact of the day: The lads hitching to Coventry in the video are members of fellow ska group, Fun Boy Three.

Second fun fact of the day: They used to be in another fellow ska band, The Specials.

I’ve been driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar
I bought it in Primrose Hill from a bloke from Brazil
It was made in fifty-nine in a factory by the Tyne
It says Morris on the door, the GPO owned it before
I drive in it for my job, the governor calls me a slob
But I don’t really care, give me some gas and the open air

It’s a bit old but it’s mine, I mend it in my spare time
Just last week I changed the oil, the rocker valves and the coil
Just last week I changed the oil
Last week it went round the clock, I also had a little knock
I dented somebody’s fender, he learnt not to park on a bender, ha ha ha

I’ve been driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
I drive up to Muswell Hill, I’ve even been to Selsey Bill
I drove along the A45, I had her up to 58
This copper stopped me the other day, you’re mistaken what could I say
The tires were a little worn, they were OK, I could have sworn
I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

I like driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
I like driving in my car, even with a flat tyre
I like driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar
I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

Songwriters: Cathal Joseph Smyth / Christopher John Foreman / Daniel Mark Woodgate / Graham Mcpherson / Lee Jay Thompson / Mark William Bedford / Michael Barson
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: I Like Driving in My Car

  1. I wasn’t a Madness fan, I only know “Our House”. My brother loved that song. But, this is a fun song. I feel they got some notes from David Bowie’s “Fashion”. Funny video too.

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.