Camaro

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  • Blues musicians and the rockers they influenced (like Led Zeppelin) have often used hot rod cars as a metaphor for sex. In this song, Longley turns the metaphor around, singing from the perspective of the girl who is treated like a vintage Camaro, and it turns her on. It's about that first, unforgettable relationship.
  • The Camaro in this song is purely metaphorical; the guy actually drove a Subaru.
  • Longley, a Berklee graduate who included this song on her debut album for Sugar Hill Records, is not a gearhead. She got some help in deciding what kind of car to use in the song from her brother. When she told him the requirements - red, hot and vintage - he knew right away it should be a Camaro.
  • Longley wrote this song in 2010 but didn't release it until 2015. The song was a staple of her live shows, where she typically played with just her acoustic guitar, but the album she recorded with a full band in Nashville.
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