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America on the Move
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Gasoline, Words by J. Will Callahan, Music By Paul Pratt
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From the Smithsonian Collection
This 1913 song, an homage to gasoline, reflects the increasing importance of the fuel. The lyrics include the following: "What is it makes us happy night and day? What is the precious thing for which we're blowing each blessed dollar of our weekly pay?....What is the greatest thing beneath the sun?" The answer to these, and other questions, according to this song: gasoline.
Physical Description
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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