Well, I don't look all that ragged
For all the time it's been
But I'm weakened underneath me
Where my frame is rusted thin
And this year's state inspection,
I just barely passed
Won't you drive me 'cross the country, boy
This year could be my last

I'm a tail-finned road locomotive
From the days of cheap gasoline
I'm for sale by the side of the road going nowhere
Rusty old American dream

I rolled off the line in Detroit
Back in 1958
Spent three days in the showroom
That's all I had to wait
I've been good to all who've owned me
So have no fear
C'mon, boy, put your money down and get me out of here

I'm a tail-finned road locomotive
From the days of cheap gasoline
I'm for sale by the side of the road going nowhere
Rusty old American dream

Now this car needs a young man to own him
One who will polish the chrome
I will give you the rest of my lifetime
Just don't let me die here alone
Just jump me some juice to my batt'ry
Give that old starter a spin
Hear me whir, sputter, backfire through the carburetor
And roar into life once again

I'm a tail-finned road locomotive
You can polish my chrome so clean
We can fly off into the sunset together
Rusty old American dream
Still runnin'!
Rusty old American dream


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    This is the theme song for my 1992 Chevrolet Camaro. Maybe it's not as in bad condition as the R.O.A.D. described in this song, but it's pretty darn close.

    UnpopularPoeton January 17, 2006   Link
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    Ever since my parents got traded in their 1963 Valiant, I've cried when we've gotten rid of car. My wife joined me when we gave her Chevy Lumina to a repair shop for parts. "Rusty Old American Dream" makes me cry too, especially the last verse..and I've gotten old enough that I sympathize even more with the car. How long till I meet the same sad fate?

    jejones3141on February 27, 2024   Link

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