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In My Flivver Just for Two, Lyrics By Gordon Taylor, Music By Floyd Kendall
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From the Smithsonian Collection
This 1925 song extolled the virtue of Fords, even though they were losing popularity to other brands of cars. The first line of the song is: "Many inventions have come our way, to bless our worthy nation, but we will admit that Henry Ford possessed the inspiration." The song then pitches romance to the listener: "Now, Dearie, you'll look sweet in the neat little seat of my flivver just for two."
Physical Description
sheetmusic. A well-dressed woman and man are on the cover. He is holding her hand. She has a ring on her wedding finger. Words on the cover: "In my flivver just for two. Hell'n Helen. Lyrics by Gordon Taylor Music by Floyd Kendall. I'll build a cottage for you dear in my flivver just for two, till I come back to You. Published by Taylor-Kendall, Lafayette, Indiana." Printed in Chicago, by Rayner Dalheim and Co, Music Printers (from page 5 of music).
Date Made:
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan
NMAH, Archives Center

Transportation is such a part of people's daily lives that music reflects the changing transportation scene. Popular music began to incorporate storylines and imagery related to the automobile in the early 20th century. Many of the songs with lyrics make much of the freedom that the automobile could bring to courting couples. Some concentrated their attention on the potential for mechanical breakdowns. Other sheet music used automobile-related imagery on the copies sold to the public, even though the song inside the sheet music didn't have anything to do with automobiles.

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