The Car (song)

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"The Car"
Jeff Carson - The Car single.png
Single by Jeff Carson
from the album Jeff Carson
B-side "Holdin' Onto Somethin'"[1]
Released October 2, 1995
Genre Country
Length 3:32
Label MCG/Curb
Songwriter(s) C. Michael Spriggs
Gary Heyde
Producer(s) Chuck Howard
Jeff Carson singles chronology
"Not on Your Love"
"The Car"
"Holdin' Onto Somethin'"
"Not on Your Love"
"The Car"
"Holdin' Onto Somethin'"

"The Car" is a song written by Gary Heyde and C. Michael Spriggs, and recorded by American country music artist Jeff Carson. It was released in October 1995 as the third single from his debut album Jeff Carson. The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in December 1995.[2]


The song is a ballad about a relationship between the narrator and his father. In the first verse, the narrator expresses desire for a Ford Mustang, but cannot get one due to his father being busy with work. The son nonetheless wants the car because it will offer "a chance to be with him".

In the second verse, the narrator says that he has let go of his dream of having a Mustang until he gets word that his father has died. He also finds that the father has left a note for him along with a set of keys for a Mustang. In the final chorus, the narrator states that "there will always be a part of us together in that car".

Critical reception[edit]

A review in Billboard was positive, praising Carson's "warm, affecting voice" while calling it "one of the most powerfully moving songs released this year."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"The Car" debuted at number 64 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 7, 1995.

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 3
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 13
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 50


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 81. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Jeff Carson Hot Country Songs Chart History
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (September 30, 1995). "Billboard". Billboard: 87. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2855." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 15, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Jeff Carson – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Jeff Carson.
  6. ^ "Jeff Carson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jeff Carson.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.