Drive My Car - Carmen Peláez & Joel Someillan

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Drive My Car” really shows why Lennon and McCartney were so good together. Paul came up with the original idea for the song. Most of the hooks were there and most of a lyric was written when McCartney arrived at Lennon’s Weybridge home for a writing session. The original chorus lyric went:

"I can give you golden rings, I can give you anything, baby, I love you."

The diamond ring image had been used twice before in "Can’t Buy Me Love" and "I Feel Fine" and Lennon was having none of it. He dismissed the lyrics as "crap" and "too soft". They decided to rewrite the lyrics and after some difficulty—McCartney said it was "one of the stickiest" writing sessions ever with Lennon – they settled on the "Drive My Car" theme and the rest of the lyrics flowed from that.

The poppiest hook of the whole song "beep-beep–beep-beep- yeah!" was Lennon’s.

In some ways “Drive My Car” is a novelty number not unlike “Beep Beep (Little Nash Rambler)” by The Playmates or “Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat” – Paul Evans & The Curls but where it differers is The Beatles ability to lampoon the desire for fame without talent.

You can see exactly what the girl in the first verse is like four lines in.

Asked a girl what she wanted to be.
She said “Baby, can’t you see,
I wanna be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between”

Each of The Beatles embraced and used fame in their own ways but I think they could see the Fame Monster creeping around the corner. In the mid-sixties a new type of animal was appearing on the scene. The person who was famous for being famous. We all know how this played out. Today celebrity is the most valuable commodity in the open market.

The Ukulele version of the song by Carmen Pelaez and Joel Someillan updates the theme and transfers it to modern day Miami – one of the main breeding grounds for the almost famous. Both are eager to impress and neither is listening to the other.

A perfect modern relationship.


Carmen Peláez

Carmen Peláez has performed her solo play RUM & COKE to raves in LA, Chicago and Miami Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theater. RUM & COKE has also been chosen for the 2010-2011 BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS edition. Most recently she launched SKYTHEATRE.ORG and is working on her running memoir TALES FROM THE BACK OF THE PACK. She has written essays for Marie Claire and the New York Times and is currently developing a series of one-act plays LOTERIA, a full-length play FAKE and a television pilot JULIA, THINK…

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Joel Someillan

Joel Someillan studied music and production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston graduating in 1994. In 1998 he joined forces with world-renowned producer Emilio Estefan and earned numerous Gold and Platinum albums writing and producing for Latin artists such as Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Chayanne and many others. He’s won two Latin Grammys with album productions for Thalia and Obie Bermudez. He also earned a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year for Chayanne’s Cautivo. Aside from songwriting, engineering, and album production, Joel is also very involved in children’s music. Together with musical partner George Noriega, he currently writes music for children’s TV shows such as Dora The Explorer and Go Diego Go! and has written theater shows for Nickelodeon and Dreamworks. They have numerous projects currently in development including the guidance and production of young, promising artists through their company, Jollipop Entertainment.
Joel runs Someillan Productions and lives in the Doral area of Miami with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Victoria, and son AJ.

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from Rubber Soul, released August 14, 2012
Ukulele Version #129 recorded – June 2011

Carmen Pelaez: Vocals
Joel Someillan: Vocals, piano and bass
Richard Bravo: Percussion
George Noriega: Background vocal
Jim Hacker: Trumpet
Mike Leslie: Ukulele

Produced by: Joel Someillan at Someillan Productions, Miami, FL
and David Barratt at The Abattoir Of Good Taste – Brooklyn

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