The Cars — Good Times Roll
Album: The Cars
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Released: 1978
Length: 3:44
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Let the good times roll
Let them knock you around
Let the good times roll
Let them make you a clown

Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll-oll
Let the good times roll

Let the stories be told
Let them say what they want
Let the photos be old
Let them show what they want

Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll-oll
Won't you let the good times roll

Good times roll

If the illusion is real
Let them give you a ride
If they got thunder appeal
Let them be on your side

Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair
Let the good times roll
Won't you let the good times roll-oll
Let the good times roll

Let the good times roll
Won't you let the good times roll
Well, let the good times roll
Let 'em roll
Good times roll

Let the good times roll
Oh, let the good times roll
Ooh, let the good times roll
Let 'em roll
Good times roll

Well, let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
Well, let the good times roll
Good times roll
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
Let 'em roll
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I know this is one of their biggest, and most well know hits but I always thought it was one of the weakest cuts on the album.

Don't pick a depressing sounding song and call it "let the good times roll".

For the correct interpretation of good times rollin', see B.B. King.
Ahhh...Memories!
I saw the Cars live at the US Festival in 1982 thanks to Steve Wozniak.  They were notorious for being a little stiff and mechanical on stage (which they were) and therefore not putting on the best show.  But by today's standards, I would go to one of their shows in a heartbeat and love it more than almost any band touring today! 
Let em roll.
Hard to understand the lack of love for this. I remember when this came out, and groundbreaking it was.
Recommended: search YouTube for "The New Cars" and that brilliant brief period where Todd and Kasim and Prairie Prince joined the band. Saw them live (Blondie opening) and it was great stuff. Too bad there was a bus accident, Easton broke his arm, and the project fell apart. It was something.
And let this tune lead to PSD button.
 Emwolb wrote:

Saw The Cars around 1980 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and they were like robots on the stage - no presence at all !!!

Thank God U2 opened for them - which could explain why The Cars seemed so dull since U2 blew the place away.



 djengs wrote:

Yeah, I had the same experience. I think they just wanted to be a studio band. It seemed like they made some nasty compromise to get the record out. Not much else explains their total lack of emotion onstage, though I have to admit they sounded great. Just seemed like you may as well have skipped the concert and just played the album. At least you could imagine them getting into it, and not have them destroy the illusion in front of you.

Outstanding first effort, though. Great pop band there for a while.

 
A reserved intensity should not be confused with a lack of emotion. This was a hallmark of New Wave at the time. 

I definitely did NOT have this experience at the Richmond Coliseum in the spring of '84 when they were touring Heartbeat City.  Fantastic show.  Great album.  Iconic band. 

...and if I was lucky enough to see the Cars (in their prime) and U2 (on the rise) on the same bill, I doubt I would have come away crying about either.  Half full/half empty, I guess.
Let them brush your rock 'n roll hair.....
and roll they did! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Love it, love it...great sing along & groove
From this album on; a fan from day one.
 Emwolb wrote:

Saw The Cars around 1980 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and they were like robots on the stage - no presence at all !!!

Thank God U2 opened for them - which could explain why The Cars seemed so dull since U2 blew the place away.



 
Yeah, I had the same experience. I think they just wanted to be a studio band. It seemed like they made some nasty compromise to get the record out. Not much else explains their total lack of emotion onstage, though I have to admit they sounded great. Just seemed like you may as well have skipped the concert and just played the album. At least you could imagine them getting into it, and not have them destroy the illusion in front of you.

Outstanding first effort, though. Great pop band there for a while.

Saw The Cars around 1980 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and they were like robots on the stage - no presence at all !!!

Thank God U2 opened for them - which could explain why The Cars seemed so dull since U2 blew the place away.


 aspicer wrote:

Not in 1978?! Cutting edge, but you may be too young to know so you get a pass...

 
Exactly,,, has to be viewed in the context of time and place,,,
Dullsville- how anyone could be proud of lyrics like these, let alone the dull and intensely repetitive "music" that accompanies them. The contrast with the Little Feat track that came before is quite dramatic in terms of how to make music with real soul and funk.
it just drags
doesn't sound like anything is rolling let alone the good times 
good golly...
 ppopp wrote:
What a bunch of generic crap. 

 
Not in 1978?! Cutting edge, but you may be too young to know so you get a pass...