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    Car songs abound in American history but few have achieved the cult status of this bubble-gum balled about the race between a Cadillac and a little Nash Rambler. The Playmates' Beep, Beep, released on Roulette Records, entered the Billboard charts top 40 on June 9, 1958, made it to number 4, and stayed in the top 40 for 12 weeks. Play it on a jukebox today and you are almost sure to get an instant sing-along.

    Less sure in the memory banks is what actually inspired the song. An internet search found one posting that thought it was a tribute to the super fast 1957 Rebel; another thought it was about the Metropolitan (never called a Rambler); most just remember it as a catchy tune about the little Ramblers of the early fifty's. Used to be there was a link where you could hear the song on the Internet, no more...

    Pop suspects some site owner got a cease and desist letter from a record

    company lawyer.


    Here are the lyrics.

    Beep Beep

    Beep beep - beep beep
    His horn went beep beep beep

    While riding in my Cadillac
    What to my surprise
    A little Nash Rambler was following me
    About one-third my size
    The guy must have wanted to pass me out
    As he kept on tooting his horn
    I'll show him that a Cadillac
    Is not a car to scorn

    Beep beep - beep beep
    His horn went beep beep beep

    I pushed my foot down to the floor
    To give the guy the shake
    But the little Nash Rambler stayed right behind
    He still had on his brake
    He must have thought his car had more guts
    As he kept on tooting his horn
    I'll show him that a Cadillac
    Is not a car to scorn

    Beep beep - beep beep
    His horn went beep beep beep

    My car went in to passing gear
    And we took off with gust
    And soon we were doing ninety
    Must have left him in the dust
    When I peeked in the mirror of my car
    I couldn't believe my eyes
    The little Nash Rambler was right behind
    I think that guy could fly

    Beep beep - beep beep
    His horn went beep beep beep

    Now we're doing a hundred and ten
    This certainly was a race
    For a Rambler to pass a Caddy
    Would be a big disgrace
    The guy must have wanted to pass me out
    As he kept on tooting his horn
    I'll show him that a Cadillac
    Is not a car to scorn

    Beep beep - beep beep
    His horn went beep beep beep

    Now we're doing a hundred and twenty
    As fast as I could go
    The Rambler pulled alongside of me
    As if we were going slow
    The fellow rolled down his window
    And yelled for me to hear
    Hey buddy, how can I get this car
    Out of second gear!