"Little Deuce Coupe" as written by Roger Val Christian and Brian Douglas Wilson....
Little deuce Coupe
You don't know what I got
Little deuce Coupe
You don't know what I got

Well I'm not braggin' babe so don't put me down
But I've got the fastest set of wheels in town
When something comes up to me he don't even try
Cause if I had a set of wings man I know she could fly
She's my little deuce coupe
You don't know what I got
(My little deuce coupe)
(You don't know what I got)

Just a little deuce coupe with a flat head mill
But she'll walk a Thunderbird like (she's) it's standin' still
She's ported and relieved and she's stroked and bored.
She'll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored
She's my little deuce coupe
You don't know what I got
(My little deuce coupe)
(You don't know what I got)

She's got a competition clutch with the four on the floor
And she purrs like a kitten till the lake pipes roar
And if that ain't enough to make you flip your lid
There's one more thing, I got the pink slip daddy

And comin' off the line when the light turns green
Well she blows 'em outta the water like you never seen
I get pushed out of shape and it's hard to steer
When I get rubber in all four gears

She's my little deuce coupe
You don't know what I got
(My little deuce coupe)
(You don't know what I got)
She's my little deuce coupe
You don't know what I got
(My little deuce coupe)
(You don't know what I got)
She's my little deuce coupe
You don't know what I got


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"Little Deuce Coupe" as written by Brian Wilson Roger Christian

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    General CommentIn a detailed interview, in Bob Shannon and John Javna's book Behind The Hits, Roger Christian, who grew up in Buffalo, NY, recalled 50s teenage life was about three things - your car, your girl, and (American) football. And, according to Roger, the one single car you had to have was a 1932 Ford Coupé (cf: Ballad Of Ole Betsy). Christian moved to Southern CA, got a job, saved his money, bought a coupe, and moved back home. It was his first car.

    Then, as Christian recalls, "Mike Love bought up the subject of 'deuce coupes' because he owned one at the time. Mike told Brian it would be great to make a song about it. So Brian came back and asked about the song and brought back a demo for it." Dennis' original drumming was replaced by that of Hal Blaine.
    Bobo192on September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentShe's my little deuce coupe
    You don't know what I got
    sillybunnyon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
    Eagle Kammbackon March 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhen you think of hot rod you think of the 32 Ford Coupe.

    cars hot...poppy song too
    frenzyon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeach Boy car songs are among the most opaque if you aren't familiar with 60's S. Cal. slang. This song is full of examples:
    "She's ported and relieved and she's stroked and bored"--All engine modifications

    "She'll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored"--S/B "..in the top end floored," i.e., in the highest gear with the pedal to the metal

    "the four on the floor--S/B "..a four on the floor, meaning a 4-speed transmission with the shifter mounted on the floor rather than on the steering column, as Dad's car would have had it.

    "she purrs like a kitten till the lake pipes roar" Lake pipes were a type of exterior, chrome exhaust pipes that visibly ran along the lower, outside of the car or at the edge of the running board. Compared to "scavengers" which hung underneath.

    "When I get rubber in all four gears" Meaning the car is so powerful that he can spin the wheels, "lay rubber," even when shifting to the higher gears.

    "There's one more thing, I got the pink slip daddy" In Cal. a vehicle's certificate of title was printed on pink paper. He's bragging that he owns this car outright. A similar expression of the era was to "race for pinks" meaning the winner took the loser's car.


    Cerdarcrofton January 10, 2009   Link

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