Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chevy Van

As a teen, I was walking to school one morning, I saw a curtained, tricked out van parked on the street with the enigmatic bumper sticker with the legend on it: "If the van is rockin, don't come a knockin!" I wasn't entirely sure; but I thought I shouldn't ask Mama about it, or any of my classmates. You know, I just didn't want to seem any more clueless than I was. Or still am. I concluded that this was a not-so-subtle allusion to mobile coitus. My hypothesis was confirmed when I discerned a mattress through an opening in the curtains!

Flash quite a few years later. I happened to hear a song on the golden oldie station from Sweetwater. An instant "aha" experience, as Wolfgang Köhler would have called it. It was a song by Sammy Johns with a theme of mobile copulation:

I gave a girl a ride in my wagon
Now she crawled in and took control
She was tired as her mind was draggin'
And I said get some sleep, and dream of rock and roll.

Like a picture she was laying there
And moonlight dancing off her hair
She woke up and took me by the hand
She's gonna love me in my Chevy van and that's all right with me.

Her young face was like that of an angel
And her long legs were tanned and brown
You better keep your eyes on the road, son
Better slow this vehicle down.

'Cause like a picture she was laying there
And moonlight dancing off her hair
She woke up and took me by the hand
She's gonna love me in my Chevy van and that's all right with me.

I put her out in a town that was so small
You could throw a rock from end to end
A dirt road Main Street, she walked off in bare feet
It's a shame I won't be passing through again.

'Cause like a picture she was laying there
And moonlight dancing off her hair
She woke up and took me by the hand
We made love in my Chevy van, and that's all right with me.

That's the story.  It must have written in a time of too-casual sex without commitment. And not even worth a return trip by the singer/narrator. And the very dismissive 'and that's all right with me!' Talk about uncommitted sex!

A movie, was based on this theme; and may have encouraged the creepy class to try to live the fantasy. Or perhaps it was just simply an example of teen boy bravado.



It generated other examples too:


10 comments:

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer said...

A bed in a van sounds like a poseur move. Nice babe, BTW!

John Hill said...

Your posts always make me smile.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Linda Kay said...

Sounds like the beginning of a good story! Nice job. Have a really special Thanksgiving Day.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Oh geez Louise - I remember this song - word for word!!

Bun-Bun said...

Lame song aside, aren't you a tad prudish? Are you a Republican dowager?

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Nice song about uncommitted sex. Great find!

Anemone said...

My interpretation is that the girl was hoping for something more long term in terms of a commitment. All he wanted was a quick screw.

Mike said...

This song must not have been big in St. Louis. Don't remember it at all.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imN48YKDHsQ

Cherdo said...

I totally remember that song!

As a youngun, I recall thinking it was sooooo racy. Those were the days, eh?

Have a happy Thanksgiving, be safe and blessed, my friend!

Gorilla Bananas said...

I've never understood why people want to do it in cars. Doesn't it get a bit cramped?