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Duration: 2:30 
Release Date: 1960  (CapSuper) 
Lyrics By: Charlie Ryan/W. S. Stevenson (CapSuper) 
Music By: Charlie Ryan/W. S. Stevenson (CapSuper) 
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  • I get the following info about when the song Hot Rod Lincoln was written and when it was released from which has the complete history of the song Hot Rod Race and it's answer songs including Hot Rod Lincoln because it is one of the answer song to Hot Rod Race: The most enduring of the answer records was "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Charlie Ryan & The Timberline Riders, which first saw open road in 1955, attributed to Charlie Ryan & The Livingston Brothers on Ryan's own Souviner Records. Ryan later told Pat Ganahl, editor of Rod and Custom magazine, that he and Shibley wrote their respective songs at about the same time in 1950, when they were both touring in the same area. Ryan, who owned a real hot rod Lincoln with twelve cylinders, begins his road race in Lewiston, Idaho, going through to the top of the hill (where Chuck Berry would later catch Maybellene in her Coupe de Ville)- Jim Dawson & Steve Propes: What Was The First Rock'n'Roll Record (artpaul)
  • According to Wikipedia Hot Rod lincoln was written by both Charlie Ryan & W.S. Stevenson as answer song to Hot Rod Race and it's first recording was done by Charlie Ryan as Charlie Ryan and the Livingston Brothers (artpaul)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Now you've heard the story of the hot-rod race, that fatal day
    where the Ford and the Mercury went out to play.
    This is the inside story, and I'm here to say,
    I'm the kid that was drivin' that Model-A.

    Got a Lincoln motor and it's really souped up,
    and that Model-A body makes it look like a pup.
    Got twelve cylinders, 'n uses them all,
    With 'n overdrive that just won't stall.

    Got a four-barrel carb and dual exhaust,
    4-11 gears, it can really get lost.
    Got safety tubes and I'm not scared,
    the brakes are good and the tires are fair.

    We left San Pedro late one night,
    the moon and the stars was shining bright,
    everything went fine up the Grapevine hill,
    we was passin' cars like they was standin' still.

    Then all of a sudden, like the flick of an eye,
    a Cadillac sedan had passed us by.
    The remark was made "that’s the car for me,"
    but by then the taillight was all you could see.

    Well, the fellers ribbed me for bein' behind,
    so I started to make that old Lincoln unwind.
    took my foot off the gas and man alive,
    I shoved it down into overdrive.

    Well I wound it up to a hundred and ten,
    twisted the speedometer cable off the end.
    I had my foot feed clear to the floor,
    said, "that's all there is, there ain't no more."

    Went around a corner and I passed a truck,
    I crossed my fingers, just for luck.
    The fenders clickin' the guardrail post
    'n guys beside me, white as a ghost.

    I guess they'd thought I'd lost my sense,
    the telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
    They said, "slow down, I see spots,"
    the lines on the road they Just look like dots.

    Smoke was rollin' outta the back,
    when I started to gain on that Cadillac.
    I knew I could catch him, and hoped I could pass,
    But when I did, I'd be short on gas.

    Went around a corner, the tires on the side,
    you could feel the tension, man what a ride!
    I said "Hold on, I got a license to fly,"
    and the Cadillac pulled over and let me by.

    Then all of a-sudden, a rod started knockin',
    down in the dip, it started ta-rockin'.
    I looked in the mirror, the red lights was blinkin'.
    The cops was after my hot rod Lincoln.

    Well, they arrested me, and put me in jail,
    I called my pop to go my bail.
    He said "Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin'
    if you don't quit drivin' that hot rod Lincoln."
    Current Rating 7.5 (2 votes)
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    Messages about the song: "Hot Rod Lincoln"
    karlap   Offline  -  Artist  -  04-06-11 06:22 PM  -  12 years ago
    The artist name listed under the song's title, and within the title of this web page, is Ramsey Kearney.

    But the "Ramsey Kearney" text links to
    which is the artist page for Charlie Ryan, who I am sure actually performed the song.

    The actual URL for the Ramsey Kearney artist page is

    This makes it sound as if Charlie Ryan had written the lyrics and sent them to Ramsey Kearney, who under this scenario would have set them to music and recorded the song as part of his "song poem" business, and I hightly doubt that's the case.

    Also the year is listed as 1960. According to Wikipedia: The first, 1955, release of Hot Rod Lincoln was recorded by co-writer Ryan, recording as Charlie Ryan and The Livingston Brothers.[1] Ryan's 1959 version, on 4 Star, as Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders, is probably better known.
    Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  02-21-08 12:29 PM  -  15 years ago
    Fixed Wacky Favorites. I would think Uncle Charlie's version would be on some album we track.
    Stavro Arrgolus   Offline  -  Editor, MP3  -  02-20-08 10:40 PM  -  15 years ago
    Very possible, that. What bothers me is the album page link goes to a song page credited to a different artist. More stuff I'd like to be able to fix myself..(grumble). Oh, well...time to compile another list for Wayne.
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