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Origins: The Red Corvette (John McCutcheon)

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A TRUE STORY
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Subject: Origins: A One Upmanship Song
From: Kudzuman
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 06:36 PM

Hi all,

I'm trying to find the author of a song about a young man who hears about a Corvette for sale for $65 bucks and the lady selling it is doing so because her husband left her for a 20 year old and needed money and says "Honey sell my car". I checked the threads but had no luck. I understand John McCutcheon may have played this tune. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Kudzuman


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Subject: RE: Origins: A One Upmanship Song
From: oldhippie
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 06:48 PM

"The Corvette" or "The Red Corvette" is by John McCutcheon, also recorded by Charlie King.


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Subject: RE: Origins: A One Upmanship Song (Corvette)
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 08:33 PM

How interesting! Just this past Saturday, I was giving a synopsis of this song to a singer friend altho' I didn't recall the words or the singer.
Now I can give him the lyrics....Thank you, thank you.


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Subject: RE: Origins: A One Upmanship Song (Corvette)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 08:38 PM

Thanks for posting the link. I've been fond of that song for years but knew little about its origins.

Charley Noble
    I sneaked in the link.
    -Joe the UnClone


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Subject: RE: Origins: A One Upmanship Song (Corvette)
From: Kudzuman
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 09:13 PM

Wonderful! Thanks to all!

Kudzuman


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Red Corvette (John McCutcheon)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jan 17 - 06:59 PM

Robert Rodriquez says this goes back to many different versions, including Porsches and Mercedeses. Anybody know of other songs that tell this story? Robert says the McCutcheon melody sounds very familiar to him - and it does to me. Does anybody know other songs with this melody?


I learned to drive on a 1961 Volkswagen, which I loved. I wonder if there's a version of this song about a 1961 Volkswagen.

No, huh?

-Joe-


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Subject: ADD: The Red Corvette (John McCutcheon)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jan 17 - 07:12 PM

I don't think this song has been posted here, and I couldn't find it in the generous selection of lyrics at John McCutcheon's Website, http://www.folkmusic.com/.

Interestingly, I found the lyrics in a sermon at https://www.rabatchurch.org/sermons/an-exploration-of-freedom/. Here they are, corrected while I was listening to the recording.

THE RED CORVETTE
(John McCutcheon)

One morning while reading the paper, in search of a new set of wheels,
The classifieds had a most curious ad in their listing of automobiles.
I read in suspicious amusement what seemed like a wild stroke of luck.
"Corvette Stingray," it said, "low mileage, bright red, '83 model, 65 bucks."

Now I was used to my newspaper's typos, still I called up that number straight 'way.
About that '83 'Vette, have you sold that thing yet? She said, "No, you're my first call today."
I said, "There's been some mistake in the paper. They've printed the price wrong somehow."
"Oh no," replied she, "they got that from me." I said, "Don't sell that car. I'm leaving now."

Her address was in a part of the city where I'd ventured just one time or two.
Where doctors, bank presidents, and lawyers are residents and houses are massive and new.
As I turned up the half-mile driveway, there in the heat of the day,
In the sunlight it gleamed, the car of my dreams, just $65 away.

Now the interior was done in white leather. It had a 587 V-8,
Gull wingspan doors, Hurst four on the floor and the eight-channel tape deck was great.
There was chrome on the chrome on the fenders, an aerodynamic design.
A bar, a TV it was boggling to me that for 65 bucks this was mine.

I expected this woman was crazy to sell off this car at that price.
But as we walked down the lane, she seemed perfectly sane. She was charming, really quite nice.
And she smiled with such great satisfaction as she handed me title and keys.
I said, "I've just gotta know why you've let this thing go. What's wrong with this car, tell me please?"

Said she, "I'll be sixty come Tuesday. I've lived here with my husband Earl.
But after thirty years wed and without a word said, he left me for a young teenage girl.
But with his credit cards left here behind him, I knew that he couldn't get far.
Last night from Florida he, sent a wire to me. Said, "I need money dear, sell the car."

Here's the recording:

Snopes.com has a page on this story, but no other songs.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Red Corvette (John McCutcheon)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 28 Jan 17 - 12:02 AM

It's in the DT, under the title, A True Story.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Red Corvette (John McCutcheon)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Jan 17 - 07:15 PM

Hi, Gerry - Once upon a time, I knew that the song was listed in the DT as "A True Story" - I'm probably the one who included the song in the crosslinks above. McCutcheon's Website does not list the song in its lyrics section. On McCutcheon's Water from Another Time retrospective, the song is titled "The Red Corvette," and the songwriter is listed as John McCutcheon.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Red Corvette (John McCutcheon)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Jan 17 - 10:39 PM

Other versions of this song?


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