Rock and Roll Joe – Full Lyrics

Rock & Roll Joe (Bm)

CHIP
Joe is every guitar player – who played it from his heart
Here’s to Joe

JOHN
Joe is every funky – who knew when to stop and start – Way to go, Joe
And we’ll all bow down to the ones who took us to it

CHIP
The one’s that took us someplace where we wanted to go
And we’ll all bow down to the one’s that got us through it

JOHN
Here’s to Rock & Roll Joe

INSTRUMENTAL

KENDEL
Joe is every hot bass player – who played it from his balls
Here’s to Joe

CHIP
Joe is every fiddle player – who slammed us to the walls
Way to go Josephine
And we’ll all bow down to the ones who took us to it

KENDEL
The one’s that took us someplace where we wanted to go
And we’ll all bow down to the one’s that got us through it

CHIP
Here’s to Rock & Roll Joe

INSTRUMENTAL

JOHN
Joe is every keyboard player – who played it like he’s from the south
Here’s to Joe

KENDEL
Joe is every sweet horn player – the pressed that thing to his mouth
Way to go Joe

SAVOY FILES (D)

Who come rockin – MICKEY BAKER – who come rockin’ like that
Who come rockin’ – PANAMA FRANCIS – who come rockin’ like that

Who come pumpin’ like that – who come pumpin’ like that
Who come pumpin – ABIE BAKER – who come pumpin like that
Xxxxx (BASS)

Who come swingin’ – WALLY CIRILLO – who come swingin’ like that
Who come blowin’ – TEO MACERO – who come blowin’ like that

Who come pumpin’ like that – who come pumpin’ like that
Who come pumpin – CHARLIE MINGUS – who come pumpin’ like that
Xxxx (BASS)

instrumental

Who come pumpin’ like that – who come pumpin’ like that
Who come pumpin’ – DOLES DICKENS – who come pumpin’ like that
XXX (BASS)

KENDEL
Who come rockin – MICKEY BAKER – who come rockin’ like that
JOHN
Who come rockin’ – PANAMA FRANCIS – who come rockin’ like that

Who come pumpin’ like that – who come pumpin’ like that
Who come pumpin – ABY BAKER – who come pumpin like that
Xxxx (BASS)

FIDDLE

Who come pumpin’ like that – who come pumpin’ like that
Who come pumpin – CHARLIE MINGUS – who come pumpin’ like that
Xxxx (BASS)

Notes: Wally Cirillo quartet – Teo Macero trumpet – Wally Cirillo piano, Charles Mingus bass,Kenny Clark drums,DOLES DICKONS .. bass on lots of sessions – Wally Cirillo & Bobby Scott teamed up – Savoy – 15055  On King .. Little Willie John, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, The Town Three featuring Wes Voight

COULDN’T WE USE SOME OF THAT NOW (D)

Chip

Where were you when the Sun came up – and it never felt more like shining
Moondog howlin’ on Broadway – man you felt so a part of somethin’
Silly words and foolish rhymes – have no place in rebel times

It was feeling after feeling and the words were just reflections –
of the power of rejection – and the passion of the times

chorus
Couldn’t we use some of that now – Couldn’t we use some of that now
Oh those were days to remember – Couldn’t we use some of that now

John

We were light skinned we were dark – but we had everything in common
We were there to light a spark – take one song and make It happen
Silly words and foolish rhymes – had no place in our design

It was feeling after feeling and the words were just reflections
of the power of objection – and the passion of the times

chorus
Couldn’t we use some of that now – Couldn’t we use some of that now
those were days to remember – Couldn’t we use some of that now

instrumental

Kendel

Where were you when the marches came – with Mississippi burning
I guess the prayer was still same – but the song just needed learning
Silly words and foolish rhymes – have no place when trouble blinds

It was feeling after feeling and the words were just reflections –
of the power of rejection – and the passion of the times

Chorus

MONICA (A)

She spoke so highly of you John – she spoke so highly of you John
She spoke so highly of you – leave her with an open window

She spoke entirely of you John – she spoke entirely of you John
She spoke entirely of you – there in the mist and the shadows

MONICA – these fingers move for you
MONICA – where will they take you to

Riff

She did some damage to you T – she did some damage to you T
She did some damage to you – but didn’t you love a piece of that pain

And it was tragic for you T – black magic for you T
But come the magic – you know you’ll go down there again

C- LOUISA – these fingers move for you
C- LOUISA – they only do what they do

Riff

You got that pistol in you K – you got that pistol in you K
You got that pistol – your full moon is filled with goodbyes

And he’s been all about you K – He’s just been all about you K
He’s been all about – the sun only shines through your eyes

Alberta – these fingers move for you
Alberta – I’ll help to see you through

Riff

BREAKDOWN

Riff – and end

I’M THE LAW IN THIS OLD TOWN (Bm)

JOHN
I’m the law in this old town
I can silence all the lambs
I can disappear for a hundred years
And then come back again

I can make the rivers cry – turn the wind around
I can make a girl talk crazy talk
I’m the law in this old town

CHIP
I’m the teardrop in your eye
I’m the pounding of your heart
I can take a dying ember – and make a fire start

I can make the rivers cry – turn the wind around
(I can) make a girl talk crazy talk
I’m the law in this old town

instrumental

KENDEL
I have played for kings and queens
I have comforted the poor
I’ll be in your dreams one thousand nights
And I’ve been there before

I can make the rivers cry – turn the wind around
I can make the boys talk crazy talk
I’m the law in this old town

I can make the rivers cry – turn the wind around
I can make the boys talk crazy talk
I’m the law in this old town

SUGAR SUGAREE (C7)

JOHN
Tell me something about her

CHIP
I said Johnny my lips are tightly closed

JOHN
I’m just beggin’ for a little

CHIP
Ah!!! – you’re one of those
I’ll give you a little sweet something – then don’t ask me again
Put my hand on her left leg – with her right leg closin’ in

Ah Sugar – sugaree

JOHN
Was it down in Tijuana

CHIP
Hell no – it was L.A.
We was ridin’ in a Taxi cab – she didn’t have much to say
She was angry – she was hostile
With her temper wearin’ thin
Put my hand on her left leg – with her right leg closin’ in

Ah Sugar – sugaree —– Instrumental (BASS .. then fiddle)

CHIP
Patience is a virtue –

JOHN
Ah..patience is the Devil

CHIP
Patience knows no curfew –

JOHN
it’s never on the level

CHIP
It just waits until the time is right – then it sneaks on in
Put my hand on her left leg – with her right leg closin’ in

Ah Sugar – sugaree —— Instrumental (GUITAR/ fiddle)

Now you know the story – you can guess the rest
The darkness on the second floor – that’s where I like it best
And I ain’t been much on talkin’ – silence is my friend
Put my hand on her left leg – with her right leg closin’ in

Ah sugaree – sugar sugaree – Alberta sugaree, TEXAS SUGAREE -Stockholme sugaree, Malmo Sugaree…. Some of that for me… LA Sugareee … ah.. sugaree … sweet sugaree

Malmo Nights (G)

JOHN
Our ship went out – then it came in
We’ll talk about what might have been
Here’s to old friends, pretty young girls…and Malmo nights

CHIP
Oh lucky day, Johnny – she said “I will”
But that was back a ways – when time stood still
Here’s to old friends, pretty young girls…and Malmo nights

JOHN & CHIP
We’ll kick one back – with the good old guys

CHIP
We’ll tell the truth, John

JOHN
and then some lies

CHIP
We’ll drift away with those northern lights – and dream the dream

JOHN
And she’ll be with you – in the OLD town
Where the sun went up – but it came down

JOHN & CHIP
Here’s to old friends, pretty young girls…and Malmo nights

Instrumental

JOHN & CHIP
We’ll kick one back – with the good old guys

JOHN
We’ll tell the truth

CHIP
and then some lies

JOHN
We’ll drift away to those northern lights – and dream that dream

CHIP
And she’ll be with you – once again
You’ll feel her soft hand upon your skin

JOHN & CHIP
Here’s to old friends, pretty young girls…and Malmo nights (REPEAT)

HOT ROD CARSON (D)

I had a ‘56 Chevy back in ‘64
duel carburetors – four on the floor
it could go real fast and sometimes I’d prove it
take it to the pipeline you couldn’t get to it

now here’s a little somethin’ that’s two times cool
makin’ this grown man act like a fool
listen up boys she should be sent up for arson
ain’t no stopping this – Hot Rod Carson

INSTRUMENTAL

I’d take the chevy to the races – make the girls shutter

pedal to the metal.. burn me some rubber

max it out around a hundred n’ twenty
come back sweatin’ n’ get me some candy

she’s got the motion.. she’s got the steam
she can come up smokin’.. makes the young boys scream
listen up boys… get ready for sparkin’
ain’t no touchin this – Kendel Carson

INSTRUMENTAL

She’s from Canada – she knows how to do it
Victoria girls – they can take you right to it
watch out boys – the fire’s about startin’
ain’t no touchin’ this – Hot Rod Carson

VAN SONG (A)

We used to be a trio plus two before
then John left with Van & we were left on the shore
now he’s back with the band – but somehow we know
if Van waves his finger – away John will go

What’s Van got that we ain’t – what love songs can he paint
he cain’t play the fiddle or yodel no more
but he’s got the big bucks – and we’ve got the bad luck
it’s all about the money – in this rock and roll war

John are you hearin’ this song –
play us a lick like you know you done wrong
pretend your in Montreaux- and we’re with you too
with 10,000 fans – just screamin’ for you

chorus

instrumental

you guys just ain’t bein’ fair
I’m all about the music and you know that I’m there
hey my cell phone is ringing – and the man wants to speak
adios mis amigos – I’ll see you next week

chorus

THE UNION SONG (D)

We were union boys – back in the day – drive 10 hours just to play
Hall gear five flights up just to get to that stage
The manager would say somethin’ like – “we’re on the wrong page here
This is a percentage gig – and it’s a shame – there’s a big storm comin’ & nobody came”
TIME TO SEND RICHARD BELL A CARD OR A LETTER
WE JUST GOT SCREWED AND IT KEEPS GETTING’ BETTER

We just got screwed and it keeps – we’re musicians boys so what does it matter
we got 46 miles just to get back home – and the road got straight and we got stoned

Instrumental

Old Richard Bell he’d play for free – he played keys for Janis on Bobby McGee
recording sessions and gigs ‘round the world – he’d like to talk about how it all unfurled
Like, “good work boys, the check’s in the mail”
or “I’da paid you now but I gotta get my wife out on bail”
EVERY NOW AND THEN HE’D SEND US A LETTER
WE JUST GOT SCREWED AND IT KLEEPS GETTING’ BETTER!

We just got screwed and it keeps – we’re musicians boys so what does it matter
We got 39 miles just to get back home – and the road got straight and we got stoned

Hold it boys – hold it on that one chord – we got some serious things to talk about
It’s a union thing – so make no complaint – it is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t
It’s a fact of life – it’s a natural occurrence – if you join the union you get zero insurance
But hold your head up high – it could be worse
when they hall you away – they’re gonna’ pay for the hearse
SEND RICHARD BELL ONE MORE LETTER
WE JUST GOT SCREWED AND IT KLEEPS GETTING’ BETTER!

We just got screwed and it keeps – we’re musicians boys so what does it matter
We got 26 miles just to get back home – and the road got straight and we got stoned

instrumental

We were musicians boys – back in the day – we’d drive all night long just to play
Hall gear five flights up just to get to the stage
The manager said boys – we’re on the wrong page here
Hah! – a percentage gig – damn – what the hell are we doin’ here
It’s snowin’ like a mother fucker – we ain’t gonna get no money boys
LET’S HEAD BACK HOME!!

We just got screwed and it keeps – we’re musicians boys so what does it matter
We got 2 more miles just to get back home – the road got straight but we’re still stoned

LIVE & DIE FOR ROCK & ROLL (E)

CHIP
The sun will set – the birds will cry
Until they find – their sacred sky
As I would live and die again for Rock & Roll

JOHN
I’ve made mistakes – I know I have
I’d give a lot to fix the past
But I would live & die again for Rock & Roll

JOHN, CHIP & KENDEL
And far beyond – my native tongue
The brotherhood of where I’m from

CHIP & JOHN
The fatherhood I’ve come to know

KENDEL
The motherhood- will I feel that glow

CHIP
It’s what is said – and what is not

JOHN
It’s what is felt – that can’t be stopped

CHIP
The sounds of love – the sound of pain

CHIP, JOHN & KENDEL
And passionate something

KENDEL
I played the fiddle – since I was three
That precious thing – is part of me
And I would live – and die again
For that sweet sound

JOHN
I played guitar – I had no choice
I strapped it on – it had a voice
And I would live – and die again for Rock & Roll

CHIP, JOHN & KENDEL
The sun will set – the birds will cry
Until they find – their sacred sky
As I would live & die again for Rock & Roll

I CAN’T LET GO (Bd)

I try and I try but I can’t say – good-bye
I know that it’s wrong – And I should be so strong
But the thought of you gone – makes me want to – hold on

Feel so bad baby – ooh it hurts me
When I think of how you love and desert me
I’m the broken-hearted toy you play with – baby

You got me goin’ – I need you baby
I can’t let go and I want to baby
I gotta have it you know – and I can’t let go

Though I’m just one – of your lovers
And I know there are so many others
You do something strange to me now baby… baby

You got me goin’ – I need you baby
I can’t let go and I want to baby
I gotta have it you know – and I can’t let go

chant:
Oh I tried and I tried but I can’t say – good-bye
I know that it’s wrong – And I should be so strong
But the thought of you gone – makes me want to – HOLD ON

instrumental

You got me goin’ – I need you baby
I can’t let go and I want to baby
I gotta have it you know – and I can’t let go

and I can’t let go – oh I can’t let go
I can’t let go

Rock and Roll Joe Released on May 16th, 2011