Silver Thunderbird

Album: Marc Cohn (1991)
Charted: 63
  • Watched it coming up Winslow
    Down South Park Boulevard
    Yeah it was looking good from tail to hood
    Great big fins and painted steel
    Man it looked just like the Batmobile
    With my old man behind the wheel

    Well you could hardly even see him
    In all of that chrome
    The man with the plan and the pocket comb
    But every night it carried him home
    And I could hear him sayin'...

    Don't gimme no Buick
    Son you must take my word
    If there's a God in heaven
    He's got a Silver Thunderbird

    You can keep your Eldorados
    And the foreign car's absurd
    Me I want to go down
    In a Silver Thunderbird

    He got up every morning
    While i was still asleep
    But I remember the sound of him shuffling around
    Then right before the crack of dawn
    I heard him turn the motor on
    But when I got up they were gone

    Down the road in the rain and snow
    The man and his machine would go
    Oh the secrets that old car would know
    Sometimes I hear him sayin'... Writer/s: MARC COHN
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Cary from Walhalla, ScWhere is Winslow and South park Bl?
  • Volker from HamburgIn a song called "Listening to Levon", Marc Cohn sings "I was sitting with Mary in my dad's blue Valiant". Now wait a minute – was it a blue Valiant or a silver Thunderbird (or both)? Later in the song Cohn sings "I might have even lied about the car" and before playing "Listening to Levon" in a concert in Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA, 7/9/14 he explained "… in this case I lied and I called it a blue Valiant".
  • Volker from HamburgBesides the cover version by Jo Dee Messina you can find cover versions of "Silver Thunderbird" by Charlie Barker, The Legal Tender Band and Slizzy Bob on Spotify.
    A really remarkable version is the one by The Duke's Men (from their 2011 album "What a Trip", also on Spotify), because it is performed a cappella. The Duke's Men of Yale are an all-male a cappella singing group at Yale University.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Fire On The Stage

Fire On The StageSong Writing

When you have a song called "Fire," it's tempting to set one - these guys did.

Annie Haslam of Renaissance

Annie Haslam of RenaissanceSongwriter Interviews

The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.

Lecrae

LecraeSongwriter Interviews

The Christian rapper talks about where his trip to Haiti and his history of addiction fit into his songs.

Song Cities

Song CitiesMusic Quiz

Nirvana, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen are among those who wrote songs with cities that show up in this quiz.

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic Furs

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.