Intro: E A B7 Verse 1: E Well, you heard the story of the Hot Rod race? A The fatal day when the Ford and the Mercury went out to play E Well this is the inside story, I'm here to say B7 E I'm the kid that was drivin' that Model a Verse 2: E I got a Lincoln motor and it's really souped up A That Model A body makes it look like a pup E It's got 12 cylinders and it uses them all B7 E With an overdrive, it just won't stall Verse 3: E I got a 4 by carb and a dual exhaust A With 4.11 gears you can really get lost E It's got safety tubes, and I'm not scared B7 E The brakes are good, and the tires are fair Verse 4: E Well, we left San Pedro late one night A The moon and stars was shinin' bright E Everything went fine up the Grapevine Hill B7 E Was passing cars like they was standing still Verse 5: E Well then all of a sudden like the flick of an eye A a Cadillac sedan passed us by E a remark was made, "There's a car for me!" B7 E By then the taillights was all you could see Verse 6: E Well, the fellas ribbed me for bein' behind A So I started to make that Lincoln unwind E I took my foot off the gas and man alive B7 E I shoved it down into overdrive Verse 7: E Well, I wound it up to 'bout a hundred-and-ten A I twisted the speedometer cable off the den E And I had my foot feet clear to the floor B7 E I said that's all there is, there ain't no more Verse 8: E Well, I went around a corner and I past a truck A And I whispered a prayer just for luck E My fenders was clickin' the guardrail post B7 E The guy beside me looked as white as a ghost Verse 9: E I guess they thought I'd lost m' sense A Telephone post like a picket fence E They said slow down I see sparks B7 The lines on the road look just like dots Verse 10: E Well, the smoke was rollin' out the back A When I started to gain on that Cadillac E I knew I could catch him, and I hoped to pass B7 E But when I did I'd be nearly out of gas Verse 11: E Well I went around the corner with the tires on the side A You could feel the tension Man, what a ride E I said, "Hold on, I got a license to fly!" B7 E And the Cadillac pulled over and he let me by Verse 12: E Then all of a sudden the rod started knockin' A Went down the dip and started rockin' E I looked in my mirror and a red light was blinkin' B7 E The cops was after my Hot Rod Lincoln! Verse 13: E Well, they arrested me and they put me in jail A And I called my pop n' to go my bail E He said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin' B7 E If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln!"