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In My Merry Oldsmobile, Music by Gus Edwards, Words by Vincent Bryan
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In My Merry Oldsmobile, with music by Gus Edwards and words by Vincent Bryan, was a popular song about a popular brand of turn of the 20th century automobile. The cover of the sheet music shows a man and a woman out for a drive through idyllic countryside. The lyrics reflect the connections that people made between the romance and the automobile. The song is about Johnnie Steel, his oldsmobile, and his "dear little girl." The song is full of innnuendo and includes the lines: "They love to spark in the dark old park. As they go flying along, she says she knows why the motor goes; the sparker's awfully stong. Each day they spoon to the engine's tune, their honeymoon will happen soon" The chorus includes the line "You can go as far as you like with me in my merry Oldsmobile."
Physical Description
sheetmusic.
Details
Date Made:
1905
Credit:
NMAH, Archives Center
History
Popular music began to incorporate storylines and imagery related to the automobile in the early 20th century. Many of the songs make much of the freedom that the automobile could bring to courting couples, although some painted a more realistic picture of what it was like to own an early automobile.

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