Little Honda
The Beach Boys Lyrics


Go!
I'm gonna wake you up early cause I'm gonna take a ride with you.
We're goin' down to the Honda shop, I'll tell you what we're gonna do.
Put on a ragged sweatshirt, I'll take you anywhere you want me to.

[Chorus:]
First gear, it's all right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Second gear, I'll lean right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Third gear, hang on tight (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
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-wheeled bike.
We'll ride on out of the town
To anyplace I know you like.

[Chorus]

It climbs the hills like a Matchless,
Cause my Honda' built really light.
When I go in to the turns
Better hang on tight.
I'd better turn on the lights
So we can ride my Honda tonight.

[Chorus]

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Written by: MICHAEL LOVE, BRIAN WILSON

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

MortimerEsq

When I was in combat in Vietnam (1971) when transferring about we had an overnight layover in Saigon. My friend and I visited a large bar and ahem . . . "friendship lounge." :-) Playing on stage was a very talented all-Vietnamese band. All were wearing California surfer shirts, aviator sunglasses, and the obligatory white jeans finished off with white canvas slip-on shoes. Turns out they were an American music cover band (playing mostly Beach Boys songs). They sounded EXACTLY like The Beach Boys. If you closed your eyes you would swear it was a live BB concert. They sang without accents, and they had the Brian, Mike, and Al nailed.

The band was so good we gave standing ovations after each tune. We asked them to play Little Honda, California Girls, and Surfer Girl over and over and over. I remember into the night hearing those songs at least 7 times each. It made us all homesick for the States, and sad too (because any combat sucks, especially when you're in it and bands like that reminded of us what we were missing).
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LITTLE HONDA

Go!

I'm gonna wake you up early cause I'm gonna take a ride with you.
We're goin' down to the Honda shop, I'll tell you what we're gonna do.
Put on a ragged sweatshirt, I'll take you anywhere you want me to.

First gear, it's all right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Second gear, I'll lean right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Third gear, hang on tight (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
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-wheeled bike.
We'll ride on out of the town
To anyplace I know you like.

First gear, it's all right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Second gear, I'll lean right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Third gear, hang on tight (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Faster, it's all right.

It climbs the hills like a Matchless,
Cause my Honda' built really light.
When I go in to the turns.

Better hang on tight.
I'd better turn on the lights
So we can ride my Honda tonight.

First gear, it's all right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Second gear, I'll lean right (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Third gear, hang on tight (Honda, Honda, go faster, faster)
Faster, it's all right.
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CALIFORNIA GIRLS

Well, East Coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls, with the way they talk
They knock me out when I'm down there

The Midwest farmers' daughters really make you feel all right
And the Northern girls, with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

The West Coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian island dolls
By a palm tree in the sand

I been all around this great big world
And I seen all kinds of girls
Yeah, but I couldn't wait to get back in the States
Back to the cutest girls in the world

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)

I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(Girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
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LITTLE SURFER GIRL

Little surfer little one
Made my heart come all undone
Do you love me, do you surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl
I have watched you on the shore
Standing by the ocean's roar
Do you love me do you surfer girl
Surfer girl surfer girl
We could ride the surf together
While our love would grow
In my Woody I would take you everywhere I go
So I say from me to you
I will make your dreams come true
Do you love me do you surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl
Well
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl
Well
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl
Well
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl



GOMUKATAYU2

この曲が生まれたきっかけは、本田技研のアメリカでの一大広告キャンペーンです。
当時日本でオートバイが「カミナリ族」と呼ばれる荒くれものの乗り物というイメージがあったように、
アメリカでも「ブラックジャケット」と呼ばれる荒くれものの乗り物というイメージがあったのです。
そこでホンダは
「You meet nicest people on a Honda」
というキャッチコピーの広告を大規模展開して、
低排気量のオートバイを手軽な移動手段としてアピールしたのです。
アカデミー賞の授賞式の中継でもCMを流したのですから、
アップルがマッキントッシュの発売の際に、
「スーパーボウル」のハーフタイムでCMを流したくらい大がかりだったのです。
それにしても、「リトル・ホンダ」という曲は知っていたのですが、
「サーフィンUSAが非常に有名な、ザ・ビーチ・ボーイズ」の曲だとは知りませんでした。



Lucas Aranzabal

Little Honda - Tema de los Beach Boys de 1964.! Dedicado a la Honda C90
¡Ir!
Te voy a despertar temprano porque voy a dar un paseo contigo.
Vamos a la tienda de Honda, te diré lo que vamos a hacer.
Ponte una sudadera rota, te llevaré a donde quieras que lo haga.
Primera marcha, todo está bien (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Segunda marcha, me inclino hacia la derecha (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Tercera marcha, colgar con fuerza (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Más rápido, está bien.
No es una motocicleta grande,
solo una moto pequeña y genial.
Es más divertido que un barril de monos,
esa bicicleta de dos ruedas.
Saldremos de la ciudad
hacia cualquier lugar que yo sepa que te gusta.
Primera marcha, todo está bien (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Segunda marcha, me inclino hacia la derecha (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Tercera marcha, colgar con fuerza (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Más rápido, está bien.
Sube las colinas como un Matchless,
porque mi Honda 'construido realmente ligero.
Cuando entro a las vueltas
mejor colgarlo apretado.
Será mejor que encienda las luces
para que podamos manejar mi Honda esta noche.
Primera marcha, todo está bien (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Segunda marcha, me inclino hacia la derecha (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Tercera marcha, colgar con fuerza (Honda, Honda, ir más rápido, más rápido)
Más rápido, está bien.



All comments from YouTube:

Avaruuskatti1

Thanks James May for singing this song

Duncan v Vessem

Exactly!!!

Arsalan Khan

Yes I’m not the only one

Aswin Das

Was watching it, paused it and found it!

AMS KungPao

@George Bobb ur mum lol

John Kramer

@Lewis Allan See my previous comment

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Nick Franklin

The Old Top Gear James May Vietnam Trip brought me here

Arbri

Same

Nanovayar Biznuss

@Michael Russell I read this in Orangutangs voice and it made me laugh, thanks :)

Michael Russell

"Name one upside to this, May. One upside?"

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