Thursday 21 July 2011
Tune of the Day: He'd Have to Get Under – Get Out and Get Under
(to Fix Up His Automobile)
This song, composed in 1913 by Maurice Abrahams to lyrics by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie, has one of the lengthier titles in the history of popular songs. The title was essentially self-defining: the song poked fun at the trials and tribulations of the average young car owner of the 1910s. It was a hit for recording artists such as Al Jolson, Billy Murray and Bobby North, and in 2003 it was revived by Bobby Horton in the Ken Burns documentary film Horatio's Drive.