Jerry Reed – Lord Mr Ford

The single was Jerry Reed's second of three No. 1's on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. "Lord, Mr. Ford" spent one week at the top and a total of 13 weeks inside the chart's top 40.

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Cover LP Jerry Reed RCA Victor 1973
Cover LP Jerry Reed RCA Victor 1973
“Lord, Mr. Ford” is a song written by Dick Feller and recorded by Jerry Reed. It was released in May 1973 as the only single from the album of the same name, Lord, Mr. Ford. The single was Jerry Reed’s second of three No. 1’s on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. “Lord, Mr. Ford” spent one week at the top and a total of 13 weeks inside the chart’s top 40.
“Lord, Mr. Ford” is a satire on the social, cultural and economic influence the automobile has had on the American public. The lyrics bemoan the fact that a seemingly simple invention to assist mankind has instead brought nothing but grief, become increasingly more complex and added to the increasing fast-paced demands of society. The refrain asks the question aloud to the late Henry Ford: “Lord, Mr. Ford, I just wish that you could see/ What your simple horseless carriage has become.”



B-side “Two-Timin'”
Released May 14, 1973
Recorded January 9, 1973 Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 3:17
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Dick Feller
Producer(s) Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed




Jerry Reed – Lord Mr Ford lyrics

Well if you’re one of the millions who own one of them
Gas drinkin’ piston clinkin’ air pollutin’ smoke belchin’
Four wheeled buggies from Detroit City then pay attention
I’m about to sing your song son
Well now I’m not a man to point or judge
To bear ill-will or hold a grudge
But I think it’s time I said me a few choice words
All about that demon the automobile
The metal monster with the polyglass wheels
The end result of a dream of Henry Ford
Well now I’ve got a car that’s mine alone
That me and the finance company own
A ready made pile of manufactured grief
And if I ain’t out of gas in the pourin’ rain
I’m changin’ a flat in a hurricane
I once spent three days lost on a cloverleaf
Well it ain’t just the smoke in a traffic jam
That makes me the bitter fool I am
But that four-wheeled buggy is dollarin’ me to death
For gas and oil and fluids and grease
And wires and tires and antifreeze
And then them accessories well honey that’s somethin’ else
Well you can get stereo tape and a color TV
Get a backseat bar and reclinin’ seats
And just pay once a month like you do your rent
Well I figured it up and over a period of time
This four thousand dollar car of mine
Cost fourteen thousand dollars and ninety-nine cents
Well now Lord Mr Ford I just wish that you could see
What your simple horseless carriage has become
Well it seems your contribution to man
To say the least got a little out of hand
Well Lord Mr Ford what have you done
Now the average American father and mother
Own one whole car and half another
And I’ll bet that half a car is a trick to drive don’t you
But the thing that amazes me I guess
Is the way we measure a man’s success
By the kind of an automobile he can afford to buy
Well now it’s red light green light traffic cop
Right turn no turn must turn stop
Get out the credit card honey we’re out of gas
Well now all the cars placed end to end
Would reach to the moon and back again
And there’d probably be some poor fool pull out to pass
Well now how I yearn for the good ol’ days
Without that carbon dioxide haze
A hangin’ over the roar on the interstate
Well if the Lord that made the moon and stars
Would’ve meant for me and you to have cars
He’d’ve seen that we was born with a parkin’ space
Lord Mr Ford I just wish that you could see
What your simple horseless carriage has become
Well it seems your contribution to man
To say the least got a little out of hand
Well Lord Mr Ford what have you done
Come away with me Lucille
In my smokin’ chokin’ automobile
Single Jerry Reed RCA Victor 1973
Single Jerry Reed RCA Victor 1973
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