Car Wash

Album: Car Wash (1976)
Charted: 9 1
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  • Ooh ooh
    You might not ever get rich
    But let me tell ya it's better than diggin' a ditch
    There ain't no tellin' who you might meet
    A movie star or maybe even an Indian chief

    At the car wash
    Workin' at the car wash, girl
    Come on and sing it with me
    (Car wash)
    Sing it with the feelin' y'all
    (Car wash, yeah)


    Come, some of the work gets kinda hard
    This ain't no place to be if you planned on bein' a star
    Let me tell you it's always cool
    And the boss don't mind sometimes if you act the fool

    At the car wash
    Whoa whoa whoa whoa
    Talkin' about the car wash, girl
    Come on, ya'all and sing it for me
    (Car wash)
    Ooh ooh ooh
    (Car wash, girl)

    (Work and work)
    Well, those cars never seem to stop coming
    (Work and work)
    Keep those rags and machines humming
    (Work and work)
    My fingers to the bone
    Can't wait 'til it's time to go home

    (Hey, get your car washed today)
    Fill up and you don't have to pay
    Come on and give us a play
    (Do the wash, right away)

    (The car wash)
    Talkin' 'bout the car wash
    Car wash, girl
    Come on, y'all, let's sing it with me
    (Car wash)
    Sing it with feelin', y'all
    (Car wash, girl)

    Whoa whoa whoa whoa
    (Car wash)
    Never seem to stop comin'
    What'd I say
    Keep those rags and machines hummin'
    (Car wash)
    Let me tell you, it's always cool
    And the boss don't mind sometimes if you act the fool

    At the car wash
    Working at the car wash, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahWriter/s: NORMAN JESSE WHITFIELD
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 18, 1977, film clips from the movie 'Car Wash' were aired on the NBC-TV late-night musical variety program, 'The Midnight Special', at the time the movie was playing in theaters across the U.S.A., it had it's world premier in New York City on October 15th, 1976...
    And at the time Rose Royce's "Car Wash" was at #7 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, three weeks earlier it had peak at #1 {for 1 week} and it spent twenty-three weeks on the Top 100...
    It also reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    And north of the border it once again peaked at #1, it reached the top spot {for 1 week} on the Canadian RPM Singles chart on February 12th, 1977...
    The album 'Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top Soul Albums chart...
    Between 1976 and 1978 the Los Angeles-based soul group had six records on the Top 100 chart, two made the Top 10, besides "Car Wash", their other Top 10 record was "I Wanna Get Next To You", it peaked at #10 {for 2 weeks} on May 1st, 1977.
  • Chicken Joe from Cairns, AustraliaNorman Whitfield was a regular customer at the Sunset Car Wash on Sunset Blvd, Hollywood. His inspiration for the song "Car Wash" actually came from watching the entertaining cleaning crews as they detailed his red Corvette. This Motown classic was used in the movie of the same name, and went on to become a hit song for 70s R&B band Rose Royce.
  • Mike from Chicago, IlOne of the best bass lines ever - Lequeint 'Duke' Jobe is firing on all cylinders, and its a shame that the great bass line in this song is never given its due.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiI love this song. I would love to get the Shark Tales movie.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesA remix version also returned the song to the uk Top 30 in 1988. Rose Royce's other classic hits from 1976 to 1979 include "Wishing On A Star" (twice reissued in the UK in 1989 and 1997), "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (later covered by both Jimmy Nail (1985) and, more recently, Madonna in 1996) and "Is It Love You're After?" (later sampled by S-Express on their 1988 dance hit "Theme From S-Express")
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