The “Good Ol’ Boy” might be funny and jokey. Most of his performances are mixed with comedic acts. Also, at the stage where he performs, Jerry Reed always incorporates jokes and witty remarks. Perhaps, he likes his audience to have fun while listening to his performance. However, his songs can leave marks in our hearts. Also, it stimulates our minds. That’s how distinct Jerry Reed is, humorous but striking.
In fact, some singles of Jerry Reed talks about life and experiences such as “Ko-Ko Joe.” The story is about a survivalist man. The song is truly relatable. On the other hand, Jerry Reed merely described what has happened and what is happening to our environment and society. A good illustration of this is through his song “Lord, Mr. Ford.”
If you carefully look into the words and lyrics of “Lord, Mr. Ford,” it would discuss the changes and the impact of “cars” in our society. Cars as Jerry Reed mentioned in the song, destroys our environment as well as the human beings. It kills nature because of the materials used to create the automobile. Like the wires, tires, and grease. Also, it pollutes the atmosphere due to the smoke.
Furthermore, cars create traffic jams. With this, people are getting into a fight. People are getting hot-headed, too. Most of all, the cost of cars is high. The maintenance could devour all your savings. All the time, you’d need to have fuel, fluids, and oil. Of course, the add-ons or the accessories.
Above all, the demand of cars changes how people live. Indeed, people nowadays are dependent on machines specifically cars. All of these is because of the “demon automobile.”
Dick Feller is the songwriter behind “Lord, Mr. Ford”. It was released in May 1973 as the only single from Jerry Reed’s album “Lord, Mr. Ford.” It became a top charting song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It spent a week at No.1 and a total of 13 weeks on the chart.
Lord, Mr. Ford…
Well, if you’re one of the millions who own one of them gas-drinking, piston-clinking, air-polluting, smoke-belching, four-wheeled buggies from Detroit City, then pay attention. I’m about to sing your song son.
Well, I’m not a man appointed a judge
To bear ill-will and hold a grudge
But I think it’s time I said me a few choice words
All about that demon automobile
A metal box with the polyglass wheel
The end result to a dream of Henry Ford
Well I’ve got a car that’s mine alone
That me and the finance company own
A ready-made pile of manufactured grief
And if I ain’t out of gas in the pouring rain
I’m a-changin‘ a flat in a hurricane
I once spent three days lost on a cloverleaf
Well it ain’t just the smoke and the traffic jam
That makes me the bitter fool I am
But this four-wheel buggy is
A-dollaring me to death
For gas and oils and fluids and grease
Wires and tires and anti-freeze
And them accessories
Well honey, that’s something else
You can get a stereo tape and a color TV
Get a back-seat bar and reclining seats
And just pay once a month, like you do your rent
Well I figured it up and over a period of time
This four thousand dollar car of mine
Costs fourteen thousand dollars
And ninety-nine cents, well now
Lord Mr. Ford, I just wish that you could see
What your simple horseless carriage has become
Well it seems your contribution to man
To say the least, got a little out of hand
Well Lord Mr. Ford what have you done
And It Goes…
Now the average American father and mother
Own one whole car and half another
And I bet that half a car is a
The trick to buy, don’t you
But the thing that amazes me, I guess
Is the way we measure a man’s success
By the kind of automobile, he can afford to buy
Well now, red light, green light, traffic cop
Right turn, no turn, must turn, stop
Get out the credit card honey; we’re out of gas
Well now, all the cars placed end to end
Would reach to the moon and back again
And there’d probably be some
Fool pull out to pass
Well now, how I yearn for the good old days
Without that carbon monoxide haze
A-hanging over the roar of the interstate
Well if the Lord that made the moon and stars
Would have meant for me and you to have cars
He’d have seen that we were all born
With a parking space
Yes, Jerry Reed is humorous, but he is influential. The song he recorded indeed stirs our minds.
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