ToC Critic’s Pick: Maren Morris, ’80s Mercedes’ [Listen]
Songs like "80s Mercedes" continue Maren Morris’ introduction as country music’s most unique female newcomer. We can't recall a female artist singing a love song to her car in recent years ...
That’s what the Texan does here, however. Lyrically she and busbee create images that are easy to relate to, to regardless of the vehicle in your driveway. On the surface, “80s Mercedes” is about a 30-year-old box of steel and gears, but it’s really a song of self-expression. Morris shows swagger during her colorful verses and chorus. The melody will grab you in an instant.
The 26-year-old singer could almost literally choose singles from her Hero album at random. Every song imputes what her brand is about, and consistent production value ensures a thread runs through every song without making any two sound like replicas. “80s Mercedes” is familiar to her most loyal fans already, giving it a head start at radio.
Did You Know?: This is Morris' second car-related single. She finds peace behind the wheel. "I think I’m more of a road person," she tells Taste of Country. "I love taking drives. I get a lot of my inspiration for songs there."
Listen to Maren Morris, "80s Mercedes"
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Maren Morris' "80s Mercedes" Lyrics:
“Still runs good, built to last / Moves like a hula girl on the dash / She ain't made for practicality / Yeah I guess she's just like me / It's Saturday night, about time to go / Got my white leather jacket and a neon soul / Once I turn on the radio, I’m ready to roll, ready to roll.”
“Feel like a hard-to-get starlet when I’m driving / Turning every head, hell I ain't even trying / Got them Ray-Ban shades, pretty in pink / Call me old school, but hey / I'm a 90s baby, in my 80s Mercedes / I'm a 90s baby, in my 80s Mercedes.”
“Pop the top down, like a summer dream / She's my teenage time machine / Just keeps getting sweeter with age / She's classic through any decade / The sun's in the sky, glitter on the seats / You can try but the Benz is hard to beat / So hey, if you want you can ride with me, ride with me.”