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Maybellene

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

As I was motivatin' over the hill
I saw Maybellene in a coup de ville.
A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road,
Nothin' will outrun my V8 Ford.
The Cadillac doin' 'bout ninety-five,
She's bumper to bumper rollin' side by side.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

Pink in the mirror on top of the hill,
It's just like swallowin' up a medicine pill.
First thing I saw that Cadillac grille
Doin' a hundred and ten gallopin' over that hill.
Offhill curve, a downhill stretch,
Me and that Cadillac neck by neck.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The Cadillac pulled up ahead of the Ford,
The Ford got hot and wouldn't do no more.
It then got clody and it started to rain,
I tooted my horn for a passin' lead
The rain water blowin' all under my hood,
I knew that was doin' my motor good.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The motor cooled down, the heat went down
And that's when I heard that highway sound.
The Cadillac a-sittin' like a ton of lead
A hundred and ten a half a mile ahead.
The Cadillac lookin' like it's sittin' still
And I caught Maybellene at the top of the hill.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?




Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

Overall Meaning

The song "Maybellene" by Little Walter is a classic example of rock and roll music. The lyrics of the song narrate a story about a man named Johnny whose girlfriend, Maybellene, is cheating on him. He sees her driving in a Cadillac with another man and becomes frustrated. Johnny, determined to win back his girl, starts chasing after them in his V8 Ford. He describes a thrilling car chase in which he eventually catches up with Maybellene and confronts her.


The song is notable for its use of fast-paced, rhythm-driven lyrics that perfectly embody the energy of rock and roll music. Little Walter's blues-influenced harmonica playing adds a distinct flavor to the song. The lyrics themselves are simple, but effective in conveying the story and the accompanying emotions. The repetition of the lyrics "Maybellene, why can't you be true?" creates a sense of frustration and desperation that anyone who has been cheated on can relate to.


Overall, "Maybellene" is a classic example of the rock and roll genre, with its fast-paced lyrics and energetic instrumentals. It tells a relatable story of love and infidelity, and its enduring popularity is a testament to the power of the music itself.


Line by Line Meaning

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
The singer is frustrated that Maybellene is not being honest or faithful.


Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
The singer repeats his frustration with Maybellene's lack of honesty or faithfulness.


You've started back doing the things you used to do.
Maybellene is reverting to old behaviors that are causing the singer frustration and disappointment.


As I was motivatin' over the hill
The singer was traveling over a hill with a purpose or goal in mind.


I saw Maybellene in a coup de ville.
Maybellene was driving a fancy car that caught the singer's attention.


A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road,
Maybellene was driving a luxurious and fast car.


Nothin' will outrun my V8 Ford.
The singer believes his own car is fast enough to compete with Maybellene's Cadillac.


The Cadillac doin' 'bout ninety-five,
Maybellene was driving at a high speed of around 95 mph.


She's bumper to bumper rollin' side by side.
Maybellene's car was directly next to the singer's car.


Pink in the mirror on top of the hill,
The sun reflecting off Maybellene's car made it look pink in the distance at the top of a hill.


It's just like swallowin' up a medicine pill.
Seeing Maybellene is like taking unpleasant medicine for the singer - he doesn't like what it represents.


First thing I saw that Cadillac grille
The first thing that caught the singer's attention was the front grille of Maybellene's Cadillac.


Doin' a hundred and ten gallopin' over that hill.
Maybellene's car was going even faster now, up to 110 mph.


Offhill curve, a downhill stretch,
The road went downhill in a curve after the singer saw Maybellene's car go over a hill.


Me and that Cadillac neck by neck.
The singer and Maybellene were now racing against each other, side by side.


The Cadillac pulled up ahead of the Ford,
Maybellene's car took the lead in the race between the two cars.


The Ford got hot and wouldn't do no more.
The singer's car overheated and stopped working properly.


It then got clody and it started to rain,
The weather changed suddenly, becoming cloudy and rainy.


I tooted my horn for a passin' lead
The singer honked his horn to signal Maybellene to let him pass.


The rain water blowin' all under my hood,
The rain was getting blow under the hood of the singer's car.


I knew that was doin' my motor good.
The singer believed the rain was helping to cool down his car's engine.


The motor cooled down, the heat went down
The singer's car engine cooled down after driving in the rain for a bit.


And that's when I heard that highway sound.
The singer heard the sound of a highway or open road after his car cooled down.


The Cadillac a-sittin' like a ton of lead
Maybellene's car was going so fast that now it appeared to be immobile in comparison.


A hundred and ten a half a mile ahead.
Maybellene's car was a half a mile ahead of the singer's car, still driving very fast.


The Cadillac lookin' like it's sittin' still
Maybellene's car still appeared to be not moving compared to the singer's.


And I caught Maybellene at the top of the hill.
Despite starting out behind, the singer was able to catch up and pass Maybellene at the top of a hill.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Billy Joel

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