Hudson Commodore

Album: Something More Than Free (2015)
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Songfacts®:

  • Jason Isbell sings on this period piece of a single mom from the first half of the 20th century who spurns the help of a man in favor of riding in fancy automobiles. He told The Sun the song is about "an independent lady who loves cars."
  • The Hudson Motor Car Company was formed in Detroit on February 20, 1909. It took its name from Joseph L. Hudson, a Detroit department store entrepreneur and founder of Hudson's department store, who provided the seed capital for the venture.

    The Hudson Commodore was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Car Company between 1941 and 1952. Named after the naval rank used in many navies that is superior to a navy captain, but below a rear admiral, the Commodore represented the largest and most luxurious Hudson model. A commodore is also the title of the president of a yacht club.
  • Whilst we're on the subject of Commodores – apparently the Lionel Richie-led group of that name obtained their moniker after taking a dictionary, throwing it up in the air and picking a word from the opened page after it landed.

Comments: 2

  • Nan Erdmann from North Shore Boston, Ma7/13/2021 Does anyone know if this woman is an historic person, a relative (like a great-aunt) or a fictional creation of Jason Isbell? I’d love to ride in one of the antique cars he mentions. Does anyone know if a person could ever ride in a Hudson Commodore NOW, through a museum, through a car club or in some other way?
  • Steve from WaShe didn't need their help to raise the brood.

    "Brew" doesn't rhyme, and it doesn't make sense. "Brood" as in the young ones.
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