4. Coventry Cars
It was in Coventry that Daimler chose to build the first British car in 1897. Although small now compared to its heyday, the motor industry continues to produce motor cars providing London with its black cabs. This car-based rap, over a Specials riff, introduces young people to the names of Coventry’s car manufacturers and models.
Builds throughout each verse to the 3-part harmony: We’re Coventry Cars.
The melody is a 12-bar blues. Sing it to ‘la’ initially and then fit in the names.
Each verse is the same with changing dynamics: p/f/p. KS1.
Stop at bar 60.
Good diction is needed - unfamiliar car names need learning!
Careful attention to the dotted rhythms in bars 14 & 16 will help to place the syllables accurately.
Listen out for high note singing.
Listen out for low note singing.
Introduction ~ clap (or tap) rhythm.
Improvise rhythms to fit with the blue sequence.
♫ Listen out for the bass-line riff from the song Gangsters by the Specials.
💡 Collect pictures of all of the cars in this song and sequence them to create a visual set of lyrics.
Visit the Coventry Transport Museum and/or British Motor Museum websites for ideas: