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"'In My Merry Oldsmobile'" is a popular song from 1905, with music by Gus Edwards and lyrics by Vincent P. Bryan.

The song's chorus is one of the most enduring automobile-oriented songs. The verses, which are slightly suggestive (by 1905 standards) tell of a couple who court and fall in love during a trip with a new Oldsmobile.

Popular culture

Oldsmobile Division of General Motors used the song, with altered lyrics, for several decades as a marketing jingle.

The song was featured in the 1931 Fleischer Studios animated short 'In My Merry Automobile' as a "follow the bouncing ball" sing-along feature. The short, directed by Jimmy Culhane, was produced "by arrangement and in cooperation with" the Olds Motor Works.[https://archive.org/details/InMyMerr1932 In My Merry Oldsmobile (1932)]

Bing Crosby featured the song in his film 'The Star Maker' in 1939 and recorded the song for Decca Records on June 30, 1939.

"In My Merry Oldsmobile" was often used by Carl Stalling, long-time music director for Warner Bros. cartoons, especially when references to automobiles or driving were made.

"In My Merry Oldsmobile" is one of the songs played on Main Street USA in Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.

It was also sung in episode [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0638423/?ref_=ttep_ep11 The Best Of Enemies] of 'M*A*S*H' by Hawkeye Pierce (played by Alan Alda) while driving a Jeep in Korea.

The song was also featured in the Broadway musical Tintypes.

"In My Merry Oldsmobile" is one of the songs sung by the BonziBuddy software application.

In the song "Lord, Mr. Ford" on the 1979 album 'Matchbox' by British rockabilly band Matchbox, they cover Jerry Reed's 1973 original, and the line "Come away with me, Lucille" is repeated several times, with the addition, at the end of the song, of the line "In my smoking choking automobile." The name Lucille hit its highest number in the US register of 1902; it was highly popular and had a certain glamour at the point of the song's popularity.

Oldsmobile sponsored several TV shows starring Patti Page in the 1950s, including 'The Patti Page Show' from 195556, 'The Big Record' from 1957-58 and 'The Oldsmobile Show starring Patti Page' from 1958-59. "In My Merry Oldsmobile" was used as the theme song on every telecast, and Page often sang some form of it with new lyrics. On some of the programs, the musical commercial segments were performed by Bill Hayes and Florence Henderson.

It was used as the opening and closing theme on Techdirt's Podcast Episode 28: Is Car Ownership On The Way Out?[https://www.techdirt.com/blog/podcast/articles/20150609/11591031286/techdirt-podcast-episode-28-is-car-ownership-way-out.shtml "Techdirt Podcast Episode 28: Is Car Ownership On The Way Out?"], techdirt.com, Jun 9th, 2015


The words, as sung by Billy Murray, are as follows:

'Verse 1'

:Young Johnny Steele has an Oldsmobile

:He loves his dear little girl

:She is the queen of his gas machine

:She has his heart in a whirl

:Now when they go for a spin, you know,

:She tries to learn the auto, so

:He lets her steer, while he gets her ear

:And whispers soft and low...

'Verse 2'

:They love to "spark" in the dark old park

:As they go flying along

:She says she knows why the motor goes

:The "sparker" is awfully strong

:Each day they "spoon" to the engine's tune

:Their honeymoon will happen soon

:He'll win Lucille with his Oldsmobile

:And then he'll fondly croon...


:Come away with me, Lucille

:In my merry Oldsmobile

:Down the road of life we'll fly

:Automobubbling, you and I

:To the church we'll swiftly steal

:Then our wedding bells will peal

:You can go as far as you like with me

:In my merry Oldsmobile.


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