Sitting on the Asphalt

Sitting on the Asphalt

AndyGetch's picture



Liner Notes: 

My first duet writing from the POV of two of our electric cars that my wife and I named Louie (a lease Smart fortwo) and Henry (Ford Focus Electric). Henry as a California DMV car for 18 months then to auctions with very few miles, and Louie as a car that sat on a dealer lot for a long time. Heavily influenced by reading Stephen Sondheim lyric books.


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Sitting on the Asphalt (Henry, Louie)
{Henry} Two years in California didn’t see many faces
{Louie} Two years in Naples Florida, didn’t see many places
{Both} (B7) Just the long shadows every few months an inside meeting
{Henry} I only heard about the Pacific Highway
{Louie} I only heard about Vanderbilt Drive
(B7) Just the stories the guys and gals would tell they didn’t even know I was alive

Chorus {Both}
Spend most of my days sitting on the asphalt
Baking in the blazing California(Florida) sun
Got the air conditioner running
Nobody wants me to have any fun

{Henry} Four thousand miles doesn’t seem very far
{Louie} Seventy miles of everybody worrying about getting a charge
{Both} (B7) In the back of this parking lot the black, the heat, the steaming
{Henry} I only heard about the Beverly Hills
{Louie} I only heard about 5th Avenue
{Both} (B7) Just the dreams they talked about (I overheard) but they wouldn’t even know what to do

Repeat Chorus

Bridge {Both}
All I want to do is drive
And squeal these tires
Get me up on the line
I’ll surprise these ICE guys every time

{Henry} Sitting on the auction block seems like nobody wants me
{Louie} Passed over like last years news rejection still haunts me
{Both} (B7) Take me away to a better place where I can be free

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cindyrella's picture

Wow, what a picture you've painted (although when I first read the title I thought it said, 'Sittin' on the Alphabet"! Good song!

billwhite51's picture

the double vocals with the delay is cool, i like the feel of this and the mood the guitar sound imparts. .

coolparadiso's picture

Interesting! How you've done it gives the feeling of musical complexity, yet the chords are actually not L. Well done. Id love an electric car!

ustaknow's picture

Well done. Yes, well, I think you know I am pro-green. I also own allot of Ford Stock Wink so... yeah, keep buying'em Smile hahhh. My only concern is the manufacturing and disposal process.

This makes me think of my baby-boomer neighbor and 50 years of pouring his oil changes along his house, garage foundations and with household water wells still in use in the area.

Anyway, -- derUgo! Smile Correct persistence makes change.

sbs2018's picture

What an interesting song! Loving cars, having grown up in California and having lived in Florida three times, I really connected with the lyrics and the double almost-spoken voices are so cool! Clever!

TomS's picture

Man, there are a ton of car songs, but this the the first I can think of from the point of view of the cars! Cool. Smile