Pink Cadillac - A controversial Springsteen song

April 27, 2011 12:00 AM

Songs about cars often discuss the freedom they afford drivers, but Bruce Springsteen, ever the lyricist, decided to record "Pink Cadillac" as a sexual metaphor.

Similar to "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett and "Little Red Corvette" by Prince, Springsteen felt that vehicles were a comic way of discussing the va-va-voom experienced the bedroom.

In fact, AOL users in 2001 were not allowed to quote the song "because they felt the lyrics were too suggestive," reports "One of the offending lines was 'my love is bigger than a Honda, yeah it's bigger than a Subaru.'"

This isn't the first time Springsteen has used Cadillac in his songs - "Cadillac Ranch" was released on the 1980 album entitled "The River."

Despite it's somewhat suggestive lyrics, "Pink Cadillac" became a bona-fide hit when Natalie Cole sang a cover of it in 1988, according to

Springsteen included the song in his Born in the U.S.A. Tour, complete with a skit, but rarely performed it afterwards.

Other artists such as Bette Midler, Melissa Etheridge and Aretha Franklin have been associated with the single to varying results.

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