Cars
By: Gary Numan

Original Performance: Gary Numan
Written by: Gary Numan

Live Versions:
  1. Cars
 
Lyrics:
Cars [Live version (a)]:

[Lyrics from Numan's original]

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars

Here in my car
I can only receive
I can listen to you
It keeps me stable for days
In cars

Here in my car
Where the image breaks down
Will you visit me please?
If I open my door?
In cars

Here in my car
You know I've started to think
About leaving tonight
About nothing seems right
In cars
 
The Song:

"Cars"! Yeaaa. People sometimes make fun of the '80s and New Wave, but Beck's a huge fan. He loves the groovy synth stuff like Kraftwerk, Devo, and Gary Numan.

Beck sometimes ad-libs a bit of "Cars" on stage. I know of twice, five years apart (see below), but surely it happened more frequently than that too.
 
Live:

Played live 5 times:
Earliest known live version: August 18, 2002
Latest known live version: July 15, 2017

Unfortunately Beck only played a bit of "Cars" while sitting at his piano one night in 2002.  He didn't sing much of it, just jammed on the riff for a bit. :-( Hopefully, one day he'll do more of it...

Then a few years later, Beck and his band were in Japan, tearing it up. They always have fun shows there. His band started the "Cars" riff for a little bit, before the song turned into "Think I'm In Love."