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Get out and Get under, Words by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie, Music by Maurice Abrahams
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From the Smithsonian Collection
This song, He'd Have To Get Under-Get Out and Get Under (To Fix Up His Automobile), acknowledged the fragility of early automobiles. A courting couple's romance is frustrated by mechanical problems: "A dozen times they'd start to hug and kiss and then the darned old engine it would miss."
Physical Description
sheet music. "Bobby North's Terrific Hit! He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under (To Fix Up His Automobile), Words by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie, Music by Maurice Abrahams. Maurice Abrahams, pres. Maurice Abrahams Music Company, 1570 Broadway, New York." Cover shows a woman sitting in a an open top car, with a man under the car. He has a wrench in his hand, and tools, including a hammer, scattered around him.
Details
Date Made:
1913
Locations:
New York
Note:
Place of Publication
Credit:
NMAH, Archives Center
History
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 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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