"You Can't Catch Me" as written by and Chuck Berry....
I bought a brand-new air-mobile
It custom-made, 'twas a Flight De Ville
With a pow'ful motor and some hideaway wings
Push in on the button and you can hear her sing

Now you can't catch me
Baby you can't catch me
'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

New Jersey Turnpike in the wee wee hours
I was rollin' slowly 'cause of drizzlin' showers
Here come a flat-top, he was movin' up with me
Then come wavin' goodbye in a little' old souped-up jitney
I put my foot on my tank and I began to roll
Moanin' siren, 'twas the state patrol
So I let out my wings and then I blew my horn
Bye bye New Jersey, I've become airborne

Now you can't catch me
Baby you can't catch me
'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

Flyin' with my baby last Saturday night
Not a gray cloud floatin' in sight
Big full moon shinin' up above
Cuddle up honey, be my love
Sweetest little thing I've ever seen
I'm gonna name you Maybellene
Flyin' on the beam, set on flight control
Radio tuned to rock 'n' roll
Two, three hours passed us by
Five to two dropped to 5:05
Fuel consumption way too fast
Let's get on home before we run out of gas

Now you can't catch me
No, baby, you can't catch me
'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze


Lyrics submitted by CommieAS, edited by danbogaty, LostClassics

"You Can't Catch Me" as written by Chuck Berry

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    General CommentThis is the song that inspired Lennon to write "Come Together". "Here come old flat-top, he come grovin' up slowly." There is a cool video of Chuck doing this from the '50s on YouTube.
    TheBeckleson July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt also inspired the lyrics of '1970' by the Stooges, I just discovered.

    Flyin' with my baby last Saturday night
    Not a gray cloud floatin' in sight
    Big full moon shinin' up above
    Cuddle up honey, be my love

    Out of my mind on Saturday night
    1970 rollin' in sight
    Radio burnin' up above
    Beautiful baby, feed my love
    Reinton September 02, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI submited what I think are the correct lyrics to this song about a year ago. I haven't heard anything further.

    But I hear:

    Push in on the button and you will hear her sing

    So I let out my wings and then I blew my horn
    Bye bye New Jersey, I've become airborne

    Flyin' on the beam, set on flight control
    Radio tuned to rock 'n' roll
    Two, three hours have passed us by
    Altitude dropped to 505
    Fuel consumption way too fast
    Let's get on home before we run out of gas

    Letting out the wings and "becoming airborne" makes more sense than "I'd be come and gone". Then, "Altitude dropped..." fits into the flying angle too.

    I've seen the lyrics as seen here everywhere I've looked but I don't think they're right.
    TheBeckleson July 25, 2010   Link

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