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. Then in 2017, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. took to playing a snippet of "Cars" as his band member introduction song with some regularity.
 
Live:

Played live 14 times:
Earliest known live version: August 18, 2002
Latest known live version: October 24, 2017

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 cool '80s riff for a bit.

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."

In the summer of 2017, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. would play "Cars" as his band member introduction song during "Where It's At" medleys. I don't think Beck (or anyone) really ever sang very much of it though, it was mostly instrumental.