Maybellene- Chuck Berry

March 20, 2022

Today’s song is “Maybellene” by Chuck Berry. This song showcases Berry’s iconic guitar talents and helped usher in the rock and roll era of music.

Looking for your new favorite song? Maybe, it’s Maybellene.

Fun Facts: 

  • Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri as Charles Edward Anderson Berry in 1926.
  • Berry is regarded as the Father of Rock and Roll, having pioneered the genre and produced numerous chart-topping songs in his 60-year career.
  • “Maybellene” was one of Berry’s earliest records. It reached number one on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart.
  • The song was recorded and released in mid-1955, and by the end of the year, it had sold one million copies.
  • “Maybellene” was adapted from a Western song called “Ida Red,” which was released in 1938 by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
  • In 1988, the record was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  • “Maybellene” claimed the number 18 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • Others who have covered this song include Elvis Presley, Paul Simon, and The Everly Brothers.
  • Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 90. His final album, Chuck, was posthumously released later that year.

Lyrics:

(LyricFind)

Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

Oh, Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

You done started doing the things you used to do

As I was motivatin’ over the hill

I saw Maybellene in a Coupé de Ville

A Cadillac a-rollin on the open road

Nothin’ will outrun my V-8 Ford

The Cadillac doin’ ’bout 95

She bumper to bumper, rollin’ side by side

Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

Oh, Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

You done started back doin’ the things you used to do

The Cadillac pulled up at 104

The Ford got hot and wouldn’t do no more

It done got cloudy and started to rain

I tooted my horn for the passin’ lane

The rainwater blowin’ all under my hood

I knew that wasn’t doin’ my motor good

Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

Oh, Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

You done started back doin’ the things you used to do

Oh, Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

Oh, Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

You done started back doin’ the things you used to do

The motor cooled down, the heat went down

And that’s when I heard that highway sound

Cadillac sittin’ like a toad on a lake

A 110, a half-mile ahead

The Cadillac lookin’ like it’s sittin’ still

And I caught Maybellene at the top of the hill

Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

Oh, Maybellene, why can’t you be true?

You done started back doin’ the things you used to do

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