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Bump, Bump, Bump in your Automobile, words by Lew Brown, music by Albert Von Tilzer
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This 1912 song's protagonist, Willie Green, took Molly May for numerous rides in his automobile. The song recognized that the ride was rocky in an early automobile, with a chorus in which Molly says "Stop riding up and down that hill, stop sliding 'cause I can't keep still, Look out! We're going over a rock (Oh! Willie, dear, hold your steering gear!). Jump, jump, jump, jump, from your automobile." At the same time, like many early automobile-related songs, the lyrics suggest that women are attracted to men who own cars: "Molly May said she loved Willie Green. Best of all she loved Willie's machine."
Physical Description
sheetmusic. words by Lew Brown Music by Albert Von Tilzer. Published by the York Music Company, Albert Von Tilzer, Manager, 1367-9 Broadway, N.Y.
Date Made:
New York
Place of Publication
NMAH, Archives Center
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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