The Magic Carpet was written for my first singing partner and longtime friend, Dan Eaton. Though Dan drove a Hillman in high school, for some reason I put him in a Chevy for this song. I sang it to Dan in his kitchen on a visit to Spokane. First he was delighted and surprised and then I was when he walked me out to his garage where he was keeping a vintage Chevy convertible safely under a tarp. We removed the tarp and spent a couple of hours driving around laughing and telling stories. It was the perfect introduction for the song.
A few months later McCoy and I introduced the song at a concert. McCoy made it his own that night. It's appropriate because in college he did drive an old Chevy that he called The Slug.