Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

August 2, 2021

Today’s song of the day is another classic. “Mustang Sally” has become one of the most defining soul records of the 1960s.

Fun Facts

  • The lyrics describe a girl who lives a wild life in her brand new Mustang car. The singer gave the girl the car, which turned her into“Mustang Sally.” Now she runs around town, ignoring her sugar daddy.
  • The idea for Mustang Sally came about when Rice visited Della Reese in New York, and he told her she was considering buying a new Lincoln Continental for her husband, drummer Calvin Shields. Shields had desired a Ford Mustang sports car as a birthday gift.
  • Wilson Pickett recorded his version at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals in October 1966, with producers Rick Hall and Tom Dowd at the controls and members of the legendary backing group The Swampers.
  • The song became an instant hit when he recorded it in October 1966. In 1998, Rolling Stone named it one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
SOTD lyrics

Lyrics

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Mustang Sally, huh, ha

Guess you better slow your mustang down, oh Lord

What I said now

Mustang Sally now baby, oh Lord

Guess you better slow your mustang down, huh, oh yeah

You been running all over town now

Oh, guess I have to put your flat feet on the ground, huh

What I said now

Listen

All you want to do is ride around Sally (ride, Sally, ride) Huh

All you want to do is ride around Sally (ride, Sally, ride) Huh

All you want to do is ride around Sally (ride, Sally, ride) Ha

All you want to do is ride around Sally, oh Lord (ride, Sally, ride)

Well isn’t it

One of these early mornings, hey

Woah, gonna be wiping your weeping eyes, huh

What I said now, lookit here

I bought you a brand new mustang

A nineteen sixty five, huh

Now you come around signifying a woman

You don’t want to let me ride

Mustang Sally now baby, oh lord

Guess you better slow that mustang down, huh, oh Lord

Lookit

You been running all over town

Oh, I got to put your flat feet on the ground, huh

What I say now

Let me say it one more time, y’all

Now, all you want to do is ride around Sally (ride, Sally, ride) Huh

All you want to do is ride around Sally (ride, Sally, ride) Oh Lord

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