"Little Honda" as written by Brian Douglas Wilson and Mike E. Love....
I'm gonna wake you up early cause I'm gonna take a ride with you
We're going down to the auto shop, I'll tell you what we're gonna do
Get on the ride, no sweat, sure we'll take you anywhere you want me to

First gear, it's all right
Second gear, hang on tight
Third gear, ain't I right
Faster, it's all right

It's not a big motorcycle, just a groovy little motorbike
It's more fun than a barrel of monkeys, that two-wheel ride
We'll go on into the hills or anywhere you wanna decide

We'll ride some hills like a champ because my Honda's built really light
When I go into the turn, lean with me, hang on tight
I think I'll put on the lights, so I can ride mine under the night

Lyrics submitted by sean7711

"Little Honda" as written by Brian Wilson Michael Love

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    General CommentThis is one of those Yo La Tengo songs which give me the chills because of its so sweet and pure lyrics. I can almost feel love living on those words...

    I see this song, which is a Beach Boys cover, as a metaphor of love: the singer tells his girl (or his boy, but I see it from my point of view) that he's "gonna take a ride" with her, what could mean "to venture on a relationship", which might as well be a brief one.
    But he's willing to make things go as far as they can go, because he's so hooked up with her. He's just happy to see her smile, and as the speed increases, things get better each time...
    But he's sincere. He lets her know that he isn't able to offer her big diamonds nor epic travels, because he's only human; he has just "a groovy little motorbike". It won't be a cinematographic love; it will be modest, but true and full of little details. The kind of love you feel right at your heart.
    And he's also dedicated, an understanding, caring person, and we can notice this in his will not to control her, but to let her decide the pace and direction they will take; that's why he says "We'll go on into the hills or anywhere you wanna decide". Their love grows up transforming itself into a nutritious relationship which makes them able to ride up the hills, against gravity, and overcome obstacles in life ("hills"). And so they think and plan together, as he invites her to lean at the same time with him so they can make turns and head where the two of them want to.
    At the end of the song we can see that this is a strong love, full of fun, which both of them enjoy. They decide to stick together and "ride under the night".

    Future is unclear, it's dark, so you will need lights to see ahead and take care of your bike... but more important, of the one who rides with you.

    Beautiful song...
    Alienoon December 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentexcellent beach boys cover. ira rules!!
    analogsceneon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI take this song at face value; I think it's just about a guy taking his girl out for a ride on his "groovy little motorbike."
    coconutcrispyon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat cover, sounds a little bit like The Jesus and Mary Chain doesnt it?
    spook!!on June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I was little my mom used to take me and my brother to mcdonalds all the time and play the original version of this song. now i hear this version and am really happy.
    thd3737on January 09, 2008   Link

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