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Drive-by Truckers – Carl Perkins' Cadillac lyrics

Life ain't nothing but a blending up of all the ups and downs
Dammit Elvis, don't you know
You made your Mama so proud
Before you ever made that record, before there ever was a Sun
Before you ever lost that Cadillac that Carl Perkins won

Mr. Phillips found old Johnny Cash and he was high
High before he ever took those pills and he's still too proud to die
Mr. Phillips never said anything behind nobody's back
Like "Dammit Elvis, don't he know, he ain't no Johnny Cash"

If Mr. Phillips was the only man that Jerry Lee still would call sir
Then I guess Mr. Phillips did all of Y'all about as good as you deserve
He did just what he said he was gonna do and the money came in sacks
New contracts and Carl Perkins' Cadillac

I got friends in Nashville, or at least they're folks I know
Nashville is where you go to see if what they said is so
Carl drove his brand new Cadillac to Nashville and he went downtown
This time they promised him a Grammy
He turned his Cadillac around

Mr. Phillips never blew enough hot air to need a little gold plated paperweight
He promised him a Cadillac and put the wind in Carl's face
He did just what he said he was gonna do and the money came in sacks
New contracts and Carl Perkins' Cadillac

Dammit Elvis, I swear son I think it's time you came around
Making money you can't spend ain't what being dead's about
You gave me all but one good reason not to do all the things you did
Now Cadillacs are fiberglass, if you were me you'd call it quits

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    This song is about SUN RECORDS owner "Mr. Phillips" who tells his four biggest artist on his label: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins that the first one to write a number one hit for the label will win a brand new Cadillac. The most unlikely of the four to do just that was Carl Perkins who wrote " Blue Suede Shoes" that became a # 1 hit before any of the other artists ( these were their early days) made a #1 song.
    The song mentions that due to Mr. Sam Phillips all the artists make it big and get new big money contracts fame and fortune. Also the song tells of how Sam Phillips was an honest business man and didn't need a Grammy to prove that he was successful and that he never blew" hot air" and did what he said he would do. Carl got that Cadillac.
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