“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.”
Released May 14, 1973
Recorded January 9, 1973 Nashville, Tennessee
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Dick Feller
Producer(s) Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed