Paul Simon, in "Papa Hobo," from Paul Simon:
It's carbon and monoxide
The ole Detroit perfume
And it hangs on the highways
In the morning
And it lays you down by noon
Cf. Hall and Oates, "She's Gone":
I spend eternity in the city
Let the carbon and monoxide choke my thoughts away
Now I am not any sort of chemist, but it's my understanding that when you have carbon monoxide, it's not like you have a bunch of carbon and a bunch of monoxide and you mix them together. You can't really have carbon and monoxide any more than you can have green and beans.
So the question is: Were people unaware of this in the early 1970s?