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The Scandal of Little Lizzie Ford Words By Billy Curtis, Music By Harry Von Tilzer
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From the Smithsonian Collection
A subset of automobile related music, like this 1921 song The Scandal of Little Lizzie Ford, featured lyrics and storylines that had cars having sexual relationships with one another. This song is full of inneundo, and paints the feminine character "Lizzie Ford" (Model T's were sometimes called Tin Lizzies) as having many of the characteristics of a flapper. The car paints 'her' face, drinks alcohol, and goes out at night. A sample of the lyrics give you a flavor of the piece: "They say the Mister Buick and little Lizzy Ford were found alone in Jones new garage. And Buick had his shoes off at least that's what they say, and Lizzy never left the place 'till two o'clock next day."
Physical Description
sheetmusic. The cover illustrations shows two cars-one with a top hat on, one with a woman's hat on and eyelashes on its headlights-in a suburban garage. Title of the song and has the words "Price thirty cents" in the bottom right corner and the logo of Harry Von Tilzer, Music Publishing Co are also included.
Date Made:
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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