Boom Boom Boom

John Lee Hooker’s 1965 Gibson ES-335 Electric Guitar – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Sam Howzit)

For Jim’s  Song Lyric Sunday we were challenged to find songs that contained nonsense lyrics.

The song  ” Boom Boom Boom ” written and performed by the legendary John Lee Hooker is the BEST song to perform- if you’re the guitarist or the bass player or the drummer. But having performed it myself, I’m going to share straight up that I thought the lyrics were just filler.

I to used think John Lee Hooker was more into capturing the feeling he got from the bartender who gave him the line and the imagery behind ” Boom Boom Boom” ( and according to the article below, he actually paid her for her contribution) because on the face of it the song is a bunch of verses strung together by some wicked guitar playing.

But I would challenge you to read the excerpt below and then listen to the song, picture a woman singing it to her bluesman boyfriend walking in late again  because you might find that those stand alone verses are not really stand alone verses at all.

Anita

Blues legend John Lee Hooker wrote Boom Boom, a 1962 R&B hit that also cracked the pop charts. “I used to play at this place called the Apex Bar in Detroit,” Hooker recalled in Working Musicians. “There was a young lady there named Luilla. She was a bartender there. I would come in there at night and I’d never be on time. Every night the band would beat me there. Sometimes they’d be on the bandstand playing by the time I got there. I’d always be late and whenever I’d come in she’d point at me and say, ‘Boom boom, you’re late again.’ And she kept saying that. It dawned on me that that was a good name for a song. Then one night she said, ‘Boom boom, I’m gonna shoot you down.’ She gave me a song but she didn’t know it.

[Verse 1]
Boom, boom, boom, boom
I’m gonna shoot you right down
Right off your feet
Take you home with me
Put you in my house

Boom, boom, boom, boom
Mmmm hmmm
Mm hm hm hm

[Verse 2]
I love to see you walk
Up and down the floor
When you talking to me
That baby talk

I like it like that
You talk like that
You knock me dead
Right off my feet
A haw haw haw haw
Whoa!

[Guitar solo]

[Verse 3]
Once you walk that walk
And talk that talk
And whisper in my ear
Tell me that you love me
I love that talk
That baby talk
You knock me dead
Right off my feet
A haw haw haw haw
Yeah, yeah!

76 Days To Halloween

I was exploring a cemetery and came across this worn and impressive grave monument- it wasn’t small, I’ll give you that:

Photo A.M. Moscoso- Forest Mound Cemetery Waupun, Wisconsin

And then I checked out the inscription and saw that the date of death  listed as November 5th.

That’s my birthday and when I visit cemeteries I look for my birthday on the headstones

It’s macabre to do that,  but that is ok because there are 76 Days to Halloween and little things like this add a little chill to the air, don’t you think? 

Photo A.M. Moscoso

One of Those Songs

This is one of those songs that I like for no one good reason.  The thing is, I like the live versions better, it’s a gritty song and I think it needs that edge that live performances have over studio versions.

Here is one of those songs by two musicians that I LOVE for no one good reason.  Version one by Nick Gilder and the other by Cherie Currie

Check it out:

Foxy from the Roxy,
Might turn some heads tonight.
Flashlight dream.
Peaches and cream delight.
Roxy Roller.

Five-bob job.
She gets bubblegum on her knees,
Down between the seats.
Sometime she’ll pass you the keys.
Roxy Roller,
Oh, Roxy Roller.

Roxy Roller, Roxy.
Her daddy, the commissioner.
Took far more than his share,
So Roxy joined the syndicate,
Knowing it wasn’t fair.
Roxy Roller,
Oh, Roxy Roller.

Roxy Roller, Roxy.
Oh, Roxy Roller.
Oh, Roxy.

Roxy Roller Lyrics as written by James Mcculloch Nick Gilder

Over There

I’m still thinking about water and rain.

I just can’t shake that heatwave off yet.

So here’s a song about two people who’s care breaks down in the middle of RAIN storm…how awesome is THAT?

In the velvet darkness of the blackest night
Burning bright, there’s a guiding star
No matter what or who you are.

There’s a light over at the Frankenstein Place
There’s a light burning in the fireplace
There’s a light, light in the darkness of everybody’s life.

I can see the flag fly, I can see the rain
Just the same, there has got to be
Something better here for you and me.

There’s a light over at the Frankenstein Place
There’s a light burning in the fireplace
There’s a light, light in the darkness of everybody’s life.

The darkness must go down the river of nights dreaming
Flow morphia slow, let the sun and light come streaming
Into my life, into my life.

There’s a light over at the Frankenstein Place
There’s a light burning in the fireplace
There’s a light, light in the darkness of everybody’s life. 

Music and Lyrics: Richard O’brien