A new song, released in tandem by co-writers indie artist Ben Rector and country artist Devin Dawson, features the Range Rover in its title. Though the tongue-in-cheek tune is not exactly a loving ode to the Best 4x4xFar, it’s one of the most significant additions to the Land Rover popular music catalog in recent years.
The premise of the song is that the singer’s girlfriend left him because all she wanted out of him was a “designer home,” “custom kitchen with a Viking stove,” and a Range Rover. Meanwhile, he’s perfectly happy driving a Civic (in Rector’s version) or a pickup (in Dawson’s). He’s “looking for a girl who sees past blown speakers and a broke A/C”…and a quarter-million miles on the odometer.
While this yearned-for down-to-earth woman might be attracted to a number of rough-around-the-edges older Range Rovers driven by hardcore enthusiasts, the singers’ now-ex was probably looking more for something from the current generation with a warranty.
Both songs are a solid three-and-a-half minute bop, with the Ben Rector version featuring Steve Winwood (who’s mentioned in the lyrics in his version) on the Hammond organ. Winwood’s legendary mastery of the keyboard and the Leslie adds to the tune.
The new song adds to the canon of songs about Range Rovers and Land Rovers. Many of these are in the rap and hip hop genres, where the Rangie has of course been an icon for years. They range from simple call outs to more obscure references. Perhaps the absolute peak combination of Range Rover trivia and Billboard chart-topping music is Jay-Z's "Imaginary Player," which includes a not-so-nuanced comparison of the P38 Range Rover 4.0 SE and 4.6 HSE.
Check out the music videos for both versions:
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Adventure addict. '90s Land Rover daily driver. Historic preservationist. Personal vehicles: 1994 Discovery I, 1994 Range Rover Classic, 1961 Series II.