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Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line


Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

Album: Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar
Released: 1956

I Walk The Line Lyrics


I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I Walk The Line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day's through
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine, I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I've known proves that it's right
Because you're mine, I walk the line

You've got a way to keep me on your side
You give me cause for love that I can't hide
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide
Because you're mine, I walk the line

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line

Writer/s: RODNEY CROWELL, JOHNNY CASH
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
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I Walk The Line

  • One of his most famous songs, this song details Johnny Cash's values and lifestyle. It is a promise to remain faithful to his first wife, Vivian, while he is on the road.
  • "Walk The Line" was the title of the 2005 Cash biopic, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter.
  • Carl Perkins suggested the title "I Walk The Line" while on tour with Cash.
  • Levi's used this in television commercials.
  • While performing the song on his TV show Cash admitted that his eerie hum at the beginning of each verse was to get his pitch. The song required Cash to change keys several times while singing it.
  • Recorded in April 1956, Cash's first #1 was sped up at the urging of Sun Studios owners Sam Phillips. Jack Clements, who worked with Cash, recalled to Uncut magazine April 2012: "I wasn't impressed with Cash at first, because I like recordings with class… And Cash seemed rough, but 'I Walk The line' was a class recording."
  • The Voice contestant Craig Wayne Boyd reached #84 on the Hot 100 following a November 24, 2014 performance of the song on the show where he reinterpreted it as a slow, soulful ballad. It was the tune's first appearance on the chart since Jaye P. Morgan's cover reached #66 in 1960.

  • Jim Lowe - The Green Door
    Jim Lowe - The Green Door


    Jim Lowe - The Green Door Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Hits From The '50s
    Released: 1956

    The Green Door Lyrics


    Midnight, one more night without sleeping,
    Watching till the morning comes creeping.
    Green door, what's that secret you're keeping?

    There's an old piano
    And they play it hot behind The Green Door;
    Don't know what they're doing
    But they laugh a lot behind the green door.
    Wish they'd let me in
    So I could find out what's behind the green door.

    Knocked once, tried to tell them I'd been there;
    Door slammed, hospitality's thin there.
    Wonder just what's going on in there.

    Saw an eyeball peeping
    Through a smoky cloud behind the green door;
    When I said "Joe sent me"
    Someone laughed out loud behind the green door.
    All I want to do
    Is join the happy crowd behind the green door.

    Midnight, one more night without sleeping,
    Watching till the morning comes creeping.
    Green door, what's that secret you're keeping?

    Green door what's that secret you're keeping?

    Green door!

    Writer/s: BOB DAVIE, MARVIN MOORE
    Publisher: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, CARLIN AMERICA INC
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    The Green Door
  • Bob Davie wrote this and played the honky-tonk piano. It was inspired by a popular music club in Dallas, Texas where the kids who weren't allowed in hung around outside a yellow door. Presumably "green door" sounded better.
  • Jim Lowe was a DJ and Country singer who recorded this in an apartment in Greenwich Village. Backing vocals were by The High Fives.
  • In the UK, Frankie Vaughan's cover version reached #2.
  • In 1981, the '50s revivalist Shakin' Stevens covered this and took this song to the top of the UK charts.

  • Tommy Steele - Rock With The Caveman
    Tommy Steele - Rock With The Caveman


    Tommy Steele - Rock With The Caveman Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: The Decca Years 1956-1963
    Released: 1956

    Rock With The Caveman Lyrics


    Rock With The Caveman
  • "Rock With The Caveman" was the song that launched the career of Tommy Steele. Co-written by Steele, Lionel Bart and future TV actor Mike Pratt, it was released on the Decca label by Tommy Steele And The Steelmen backed by "Elevator Rock."
  • Cliff Richard often slagged off this song when it came up discussions about the early years of Rock and Roll. "Tommy Steele was making records then but his were pseudo rock," he said. "I think Tommy would have to admit that he was not actually a rock singer."

  • Agnetha Fältskog - Två Små Troll
    Agnetha Fältskog - Två Små Troll


    Agnetha Fältskog - Två Små Troll Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Not Released On An Album
    Released: 1956

    Två Små Troll Lyrics


    Två Små Troll
  • Music-loving Agnetha was raised in a working-class family that had no piano. However, a neighbor did. "One of the first things I did was write a song," said Agnetha. "Using one finger, I wrote Två Små Troll (Two Little Trolls). I was five years old." (Source ABBA The Official Photo Book )
  • Agnetha's father ran local amateur revues so she learned to get up on a stage early in life. The youngster sung in the revues some of the songs that she'd written herself, including this tune.

  • Fats Domino - My Blue Heave
    Fats Domino - My Blue Heaven


    Fats Domino - My Blue Heaven Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Still Rockin'
    Released: 1956

    My Blue Heaven Lyrics


    Whippoorwills call, evenin' is nigh
    Hurry to My Blue Heaven
    Turn to the right, there's a little white light
    Will lead you to my Blue Heaven
    You'll see a smilin' face, a fireplace, a cozy room
    Little nest that nestles where the roses bloom
    Molly and me, and the baby makes three
    We're happy in my, in my Blue Heaven
    You're gonna see a smilin' face, fireplace, cozy room
    And a little nest nestled where the roses bloom
    Just Molly and me, and the baby is three
    We're so happy in my Blue Heaven
    We're happy in my Blue Heaven
    We're happy in my Blue Heaven!
    Writer/s: WALTER DONALDSON, GEORGE WHITING
    Publisher: SUSSMAN & ASSOCIATES
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    My Blue Heaven
  • This was written in 1927. Walter Donaldson supplied the music and George Whiting wrote the lyrics.
  • This didn't become popular until about two years after it was written, when Eddie Cantor featured it in his successful stage musical Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. Afterwards, it became very popular for vaudeville productions.
  • During the first season of the TV show M*A*S*H, this was used frequently on the show. Examples: A Korean version on the PA system, Hawkeye and Trapper singing it before going to R&R in Tokyo (Bananas, Crackers, and Nuts) and Hot Lips singing it at a "no-talent show" (Dear, Dad Again).
  • This has been covered by the Smashing Pumpkins (who added extra lyrics), Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Al Jolson (who appeared in The Jazz Singer, the first "talkie"), and Dolly Parton.
  • There are 2 different movies called My Blue Heaven, and both used this song. The first was a 1950 musical where it was performed by the stars, Betty Grable and Dan Dailey. The second was a 1990 comedy starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. Fats Domino's version was the theme song in that one.
  • Besides the films in which it was used as the title song, this appeared in the movies Never a Dull Moment in 1943 (sung by Frances Langford), Moon over Las Vegas in 1944 (performed by Gene Austin, who recorded it for the album Victor, which sold over five million copies and held a record until Bing Crosby's "White Christmas"), the 1955 biographical musical Love Me or Leave Me, and the 1959 film The Five Pennies (performed by Bob Crosby). (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for all above)
  • There is a recording studio in Kansas called Blue Heaven Studios. It is built inside the former First Christian Church. For more information, see www.blueheavenstudios.com. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for all above)

  • Fats Domino - Blueberry Hil
    Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill


    Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: This Is Fats Domino
    Released: 1956

    Blueberry Hill Lyrics


    I found my thrill
    On Blueberry Hill
    On Blueberry Hill
    When I found you

    The moon stood still
    On Blueberry Hill
    And lingered until
    My dream came true

    The wind in the willow played
    Love's sweet melody
    But all of those vows you made
    Were never to be

    Though we're apart
    You're part of me still
    For you were my thrill
    On Blueberry Hill

    The wind in the willow played
    Love's sweet melody
    But all of those vows you made
    Were never to be

    Though we're apart
    You're part of me still
    For you were my thrill
    On Blueberry Hill

    Writer/s: LARRY STOCK, A. LEWIS, V. ROSE
    Publisher: MEMORY LANE MUSIC GROUP
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    Blueberry Hill
  • This was written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock for the 1940 Western The Singing Hill before they decided it was good enough to be released commercially. The song was used in the movie, where it was heard for the first time performed by Gene Autry.
  • Larry Stock, who wrote the lyrics, recalls that "One important publisher turned down Blueberry Hill, because, he claimed, blueberries don't grow on hills. I assured him I had picked them on hills as a boy, but nothing doing. So Chappell And Company bought the song and another hit was born." (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for above 2)
  • Fats recorded this in LA, at a session in which he ran out of material to tape. Domino insisted on recording the song over the vehement objections of producer-arranger Dave Bartholomew, and then forgot the lyrics while he was recording the song. The engineer pieced together the final version from many fragmentary takes.
  • In 1940, this was a #2 hit for Glenn Miller. In 1956, Louis Armstrong took it to #29 with the assistance of Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra (with a recording that was originally released in 1949). It has also been covered by Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Andy Williams, Kiki, Cliff Richard, Bruce Cockburn, and others.
  • Domino's real name is Antoine Domino. This is his biggest hit and best seller.
  • In the TV series Happy Days , Ritchie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard), sings this whenever he has found a date. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 4)
  • Ray Manzarek of The Doors admitted on his BBC Radio 2 program that the baseline to "Light My Fire" was based on this song.
  • Domino Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin performed this song on December 10, 2010 at a charity event in front of an audience of international film and television celebrities. Videos of his performance quickly went viral worldwide. Putin's spokesman said the former KGB chief learned the lyrics to the song as part of his English language studies.

  • The Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Awa
    The Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Away


    The Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Away Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: A Thousand Miles Away
    Released: 1956

    A Thousand Miles Away Lyrics


    You're A Thousand Miles Away-ay
    Bu-you-t I still have your love to remember you by
    Oh, my dar-are-are-arling, dry your eyes
    Daddy's coming home soon

    On my knees every day-ay
    All I do is pray, baby, just for you
    Hope you a-a-a-always want me too
    Daddy's coming home soon

    It may be on a Sunday morning
    It may be on a Tuesday afternoon
    But no matter what the day is
    I'm going to make it my business to get home soon

    You're (a thousand miles away)
    Bu-you-ut I still have your love to remember you by
    Oh, my dar-are-are-arling, dry your eyes
    Daddy's coming ho-ome so-oo-on

    Writer/s: SHEPPARD, JAMES/MILLER, WILLIAM H
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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    A Thousand Miles Away
  • The Heartbeats started out as The Hearts but changed their name in 1955. The members were Robbie Tatum, Wally Roker, Vernon Sievers, Albert Crump and James Sheppard. They signed with Hull Records and recorded this (co-written by Sheppard) in 1956. After Hull sold the master to Rama Records, this reached #5 on the R&B charts. (thanks, Frank Pellicone - Yardley, PA)
  • Shortly after this hit, Sheppard left the Heartbeats to form his own group, Shep and the Limelites, who eventually recorded an answer record. Five years later (in 1961) Shep and the Limelites hit #2 on the Hot 100 with "Daddy's Home." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)

  • The Five Satins - In The Still Of The Nit
    The Five Satins - In The Still Of The Nite


    The Five Satins - In The Still Of The Nite Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: In the Still of the Nite
    Released: 1956

    In The Still Of The Nite Lyrics


    In The Still Of The Nite Song Chart
  • Group member Fred Parris wrote this while he was in the army. He was on guard duty when he wrote it late one night.
  • This was recorded in the basement of St. Bernadette Church Hall in The Five Satins hometown of New Haven, Connecticut while Parris was on leave from the army. The church hall is in New Haven, but in the part often called the Annex, which is near East Haven. In the hall is a plaque dedicated to The Five Satins and the historic recording made there. (thanks, Nadia - new haven, CT)
  • Parris was stationed in Japan when this became a hit. In order to support the song, the group reformed with Bill Baker as lead singer. Parris rejoined the group when he came back to the States in 1958.
  • Originally on the Standard label, the 45 sold millions of copies after Ember Records bought the rights and the distribution of the song.
  • This was originally released as the B-side of a song called "The Jones Girl." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 5)
  • The intentional misspelling of "Night" was ahead of its time. Years later, rappers did it all the time.
  • Boyz II Men recorded this in 1992. Their version was used in a TV miniseries about The Jacksons. It went to #3 US.

  • Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Ski
    Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin


    Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Songs for Swingin' Lovers
    Released: 1956

    I've Got You Under My Skin Lyrics


    I've Got You Under My Skin
    I've got you deep in the heart of me
    So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me
    I've got you under my skin

    I'd tried so not to give in
    I said to myself this affair never will go so well
    But why should I try to resist when baby I know so well
    I've got you under my skin

    I'd sacrifice anything come what might
    For the sake of having you near
    In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night
    And repeats, repeats in my ear
    Don't you know little fool
    You never can win
    Use your mentality, wake up to reality
    But each time that I do just the thought of you
    Makes me stop before I begin
    'Cause I've got you under my skin

    I would sacrifice anything come what might
    For the sake of having you near
    In spite of the warning voice that comes in the night
    And repeats how it yells in my ear
    Don't you know, little fool
    You never can win
    Why not use your mentality
    Step up, wake up to reality
    But each time I do just the thought of you
    Makes me stop just before I begin
    'Cause I've got you under my skin
    Yes, I've got you under my skin

    Writer/s: PORTER, COLE
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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    I've Got You Under My Skin Song Chart
  • Cole Porter wrote this classic pop standard in 1936, and it debuted when actress Virginia Bruce sang it in the MGM musical Born to Dance, starring Eleanor Powell and James Stewart, that same year. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost to "The Way You Look Tonight," from the Astaire/Rogers film Swing Time.
  • Frank Sinatra began performing this song on his weekly radio show in 1946 but added his signature swagger when he recorded a big-band arrangement by Nelson Riddle for the album Songs for Swingin' Lovers ten years later.
  • Sinatra re-recorded this for the 1963 album of his favorite numbers, Sinatra's Sinatra. The trombone solo, originally played by Milt Bernhart in the '56 version, was performed by Dick Nash. He recorded it yet again in 1993 with U2 frontman Bono for the album Duets.
  • This became a fixture in Sinatra's set-list and can be heard on his 1966 live album, Sinatra at the Sands, where he is backed by Count Basie's orchestra.
  • While this was one of Sinatra's signature songs, he certainly was not the only one to record it. Among many others, it was covered by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis Jr., Carly Simon, Michael Buble, Michael Bolton, and Deana Martin. The Four Seasons scored a Top-10 hit with the song in 1966, and Neneh Cherry's hip-hop version earned her the #25 spot on the UK chart.
  • Chad L. Coleman sang this on the TV series The Walking Dead in the 2013 episode "Infected."
  • Sound engineer John Palladino remembers the sessions for Songs for Swingin' Lovers as being particularly challenging because of the awkward setup of Capitol's Studio A - a small area made even smaller when it was crammed with musicians - and Sinatra's demands for perfection. Trombonist Milt Berhart learned this all too well on this song when he played full force, take after take, never quite hitting the crooner's mark.

    "That was a dirty trick to play on Milt," Palladino told Sound on Sound. "He'd get in there early and practice the stuff, and then he had to play at full volume. We could have said to Frank, 'Why don't we intercut take one or two with Milt's solo?', but that never occurred to me. And besides that, Frank really didn't like editing. He was fastidious about capturing complete takes, and so I did very little editing on his recordings."
  • Sinatra held himself to the same standard of perfectionism as he did his musicians. Palladino remembers him running through this song with the musicians for 22 takes.

    "Some of those takes could have been false starts where they got through a few notes and then stopped," he said. "I doubt there were more than four or five complete takes. Frank knew his own voice pretty well, and when he wasn't singing well, he'd walk out of a session. I've got to give him credit for that. In fact, I've got no criticism of Frank at all. His criticisms of the musicians' playing were really top-notch, because they locked in with what he was doing. He knew what he was doing, and he knew what he wanted the band to do."
  • Sinatra sang a ballad version of this song to honor the late Cole Porter during a two-hour tribute at the University of California on February 12, 1967.

  • Elvis Presley - Don't Be Crue
    Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel


    Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Elvis' 30 #1 Hits
    Released: 1956

    Don't Be Cruel Lyrics


    You know I can be found
    Sitting home all alone
    If you can't come around
    At least please telephone
    Don't Be Cruel to who a heart that's true

    Baby, if I made you mad
    For something I might have said
    Please, let's forget the past
    The future looks bright ahead
    Don't be cruel to who a heart that's true
    I don't want no other love
    Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

    Don't stop thinking of me
    Don't make me feel this way
    Come on over here and love me
    You know what I want you to say
    Don't be cruel to who a heart that's true
    Why should we be apart?
    I really love you baby, cross my heart

    Let's walk up to the preacher
    And let us say I do
    Then you'll know you'll have me
    And I'll know that I'll have you,
    Don't be cruel to who a heart that's true
    I don't want no other love,
    Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

    Don't be cruel to who a heart that's true
    Don't be cruel to who a heart that's true
    I don't want no other love
    Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

    Writer/s: OTIS BLACKWELL, ELVIS PRESLEY
    Publisher: IMAGEM U.S. LLC
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    Don't Be Cruel Song Chart
  • This was released as a single with "Hound Dog." It is the only single in history to have both sides reach #1 in the US. Joel Whitburn, who writes the definitive books on the subject , told the Forgotten Hits newsletter: "As far as the two-sided Presley hit 'Hound Dog" / "Don't Be Cruel,' I've always tabulated that single 45 as two #1 hits. 'Hound Dog' was the first title to chart and the first one to be listed as the lead #1 song. Billboard's 'Best Sellers in Stores' chart listed the the #1 song on 8/18/56 as 'Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel.' It was also shown that way when it first topped the 'Most Played in Juke Boxes' chart on 9/1/56. There is absolutely no doubt that the initial sales and 'buzz' about this record was for 'Hound Dog.' It was a smash #1 hit right out of the box. As airplay began to favor 'Don't Be Cruel,' the two titles were flip-flopped at #1, with 'Don't Be Cruel' actually showing more weeks as the #1 lead song. Again, I have always tabulated these two titles as two #1 songs. There is no way you can consider this 4-times platinum record as one #1 hit. And, neither does RIAA who awards gold and platinum selling records. They show 'Hound Dog' / 'Don't Be Cruel' as both receiving platinum designations."
  • This was written by Otis Blackwell, a songwriter who came up with a lot of hits for Elvis. In addition to this, he also wrote "Return to Sender," "All Shook Up," and "One Broken Heart for Sale" for Elvis. He also wrote "Fever," which was made famous by Peggy Lee, and "Great Balls Of Fire" for Jerry Lee Lewis. Blackwell died in 2002 at age 70. (thanks, Gary - Thetford, England)
  • On Christmas Eve 1955, Otis Blackwell found himself on the streets in front of the Brill Building in New York City trying to stay warm. Things weren't going well for Blackwell - it was raining and there were leaks in the soles of his shoes. His friend Leroy Kirkland walked by and asked Otis if he had written any more songs. Otis said yes. Over the next week, he sold 6 of them to a publishing company for $25 each. Management at The Brill Building liked him so much they offered him a full-time job writing, and Blackwell accepted. Not long after, Otis got some very good news: This up-and-coming rock star wanted to record one of his songs. The deal was, the guy wanted half the writer's fee. Otis said, "No way I'm gonna give up half that song." His friends convinced him that half of something was better than all of nothing. Besides, this new singer just might "make it" and if he did, Otis' royalties would be tremendous. Over the next few days, Otis agreed. It wasn't Elvis who wanted half the "writer's fee." It was his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The song became one of Elvis' biggest and longest running hits. (Thanks to the disc jockey, author and music historian Ron Foster.)
  • Cheap Trick covered this in 1988. Their version hit #4 in the US.
  • Elvis' bass player Bill Black released an instrumental version of this in 1960 which hit US #11.
  • This took only about 20 minutes to record.
  • The single was released in July 1956, but it did not appear on an album until the March 1958 release of Elvis' Golden Records.
  • This song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.

  • Cast of My Fair Lady Songs - Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man?
    Cast of My Fair Lady - Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man?


    Cast of My Fair Lady - Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man? Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: My Fair Lady
    Released: 1956

    Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man? Lyrics


    Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man? Song Chart
  • This song from the award winning musical My Fair Lady had a rather unusual inspiration.

    According to Dominic McHugh of the University of Sheffield in the one-off documentary Michael Grade's Stars Of The Musical Theatre, leading man Rex Harrison was not entirely happy with his role. One day, he and lyricist Alan Lerner were walking down 5th Avenue talking about their marital problems. Harrison's first marriage ended in divorce in 1942; his second wife lasted from 1943 until 1957, and he would eventually marry no fewer than six times. At that time, Lerner was on wife number 3 (or possibly 4); he would go on to marry eight times! There must be a song there, but somehow "Alan The Eighth" doesn't have quite the same ring to it as the name of a certain infamous king.

    This prompted Harrison to shout out to Lerner: "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were both homosexuals?" which even in the 21st Century is not an appropriate title for a song. However, Lerner was inspired by some lateral thinking, and produced the lyric for this one.

    Harrison was the third choice to play Henry Higgins in this show, the second was Noël Coward, and if he had been chosen to play the lead, this song would never have been written! (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)

  • Chuck Berry Songs - You Can't Catch Me
    Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me


    Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Rock, Rock, Rock
    Released: 1956

    You Can't Catch Me Lyrics


    I bought a brand-new air-mobile
    It custom-made, 'twas a Flight De Ville
    With a pow'ful motor and some hideaway wings
    Push in on the button and you can hear her sing

    Now You Can't Catch Me, baby you can't catch me
    'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

    New Jersey Turnpike in the wee wee hours
    I was rollin' slowly 'cause of drizzlin' showers
    Here come a flat-top, he was movin' up with me
    Then come wavin' by me in a little' old souped-up jitney
    I put my foot on my tank and I began to roll
    Moanin' siren, 'twas the state patrol
    So I let out my wings and then I blew my horn
    Bye bye New Jersey, I've become airborne

    Now you can't catch me, baby you can't catch me
    'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

    Flyin' with my baby last Saturday night
    Not a gray cloud floatin' in sight
    Big full moon shinin' up above
    Cuddle up honey, be my love
    Sweetest little thing I've ever seen
    I'm gonna name you Maybellene
    Flyin' on the beam, set on flight control
    Radio tuned to rock 'n' roll
    Two, three hours passed us by
    Five to two dropped to 5:05
    Fuel consumption way too fast
    Let's get on home before we run out of gas

    Now you can't catch me, no baby you can't catch me
    'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

    Writer/s: CHUCK BERRY
    Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
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    You Can't Catch Me Song Chart
  • Bruce Springsteen wasn't the first to write rock songs about the liberating power of a fast car - Chuck Berry also had a fascination with automobiles, which he sings about here (part of the song takes place on the New Jersey Turnpike, a road Springsteen is quite familiar with).

    "This was a yearning which I had since I was aged seven to drive about in a car," Berry told Record Mirror in 1967. "It was my fascination for the roads, for driving, motoring, which prompted me to write those songs."

    Driving way too fast under the moonlight with your baby in the car while listening to rock and roll on the radio... it doesn't get any better.
  • At the end of this song, we find out that the car is named Maybellene, referring to Berry's earlier automotive hit.
  • One of Berry's early singles, this song surprisingly had no chart success - it didn't even make the R&B tally where all of his previous singles cracked the Top 10.
  • Berry performed this song in the 1956 film Rock, Rock, Rock, where he can be seen doing his famous duckwalk.
  • John Lennon used the guitar riff and some of the lyrics to this for "Come Together." He was sued by Berry and eventually settled.
  • The Rolling Stones recorded this in 1965. Chuck Berry was one of their heroes, especially to Keith Richards.

  • Chuck Berry Songs - You Can't Catch Me
    Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me


    Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Rock, Rock, Rock
    Released: 1956

    You Can't Catch Me Lyrics


    I bought a brand-new air-mobile
    It custom-made, 'twas a Flight De Ville
    With a pow'ful motor and some hideaway wings
    Push in on the button and you can hear her sing

    Now You Can't Catch Me, baby you can't catch me
    'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

    New Jersey Turnpike in the wee wee hours
    I was rollin' slowly 'cause of drizzlin' showers
    Here come a flat-top, he was movin' up with me
    Then come wavin' by me in a little' old souped-up jitney
    I put my foot on my tank and I began to roll
    Moanin' siren, 'twas the state patrol
    So I let out my wings and then I blew my horn
    Bye bye New Jersey, I've become airborne

    Now you can't catch me, baby you can't catch me
    'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

    Flyin' with my baby last Saturday night
    Not a gray cloud floatin' in sight
    Big full moon shinin' up above
    Cuddle up honey, be my love
    Sweetest little thing I've ever seen
    I'm gonna name you Maybellene
    Flyin' on the beam, set on flight control
    Radio tuned to rock 'n' roll
    Two, three hours passed us by
    Five to two dropped to 5:05
    Fuel consumption way too fast
    Let's get on home before we run out of gas

    Now you can't catch me, no baby you can't catch me
    'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze

    Writer/s: CHUCK BERRY
    Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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  • Bruce Springsteen wasn't the first to write rock songs about the liberating power of a fast car - Chuck Berry also had a fascination with automobiles, which he sings about here (part of the song takes place on the New Jersey Turnpike, a road Springsteen is quite familiar with).

    "This was a yearning which I had since I was aged seven to drive about in a car," Berry told Record Mirror in 1967. "It was my fascination for the roads, for driving, motoring, which prompted me to write those songs."

    Driving way too fast under the moonlight with your baby in the car while listening to rock and roll on the radio... it doesn't get any better.
  • At the end of this song, we find out that the car is named Maybellene, referring to Berry's earlier automotive hit.
  • One of Berry's early singles, this song surprisingly had no chart success - it didn't even make the R&B tally where all of his previous singles cracked the Top 10.
  • Berry performed this song in the 1956 film Rock, Rock, Rock, where he can be seen doing his famous duckwalk.
  • John Lennon used the guitar riff and some of the lyrics to this for "Come Together." He was sued by Berry and eventually settled.
  • The Rolling Stones recorded this in 1965. Chuck Berry was one of their heroes, especially to Keith Richards.

  • Chuck Berry Songs - Roll Over Beethoven
    Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven


    Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Chuck Berry Is On Top
    Released: 1956

    Roll Over Beethoven Lyrics


    I'm gonna write a little letter,
    Gonna mail it to my local DJ
    It's a rockin' rhythm record
    I want my jockey to play
    Roll Over Beethoven, I gotta hear it again today

    You know, my temperature's risin'
    And the jukebox blows a fuse
    My heart's beatin' rhythm
    And my soul keeps on singin' the blues
    Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news

    I got the rockin' pneumonia,
    I need a shot of rhythm and blues
    I think I'm rollin' arthritis
    Sittin' down by the rhythm review
    Roll over Beethoven rockin' in two by two

    Well, if you feel you like it
    Go get your lover, then reel and rock it
    Roll it over and move on up just
    A trifle further and reel and rock it,
    Roll it over,
    Roll over Beethoven rockin' in two by two

    Well, early in the mornin' I'm a-givin' you a warnin'
    Don't you step on my blue suede shoes
    Hey diddle diddle, I am playin' my fiddle,
    Ain't got nothin' to lose
    Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news

    You know she wiggles like a glow worm,
    Dance like a spinnin' top
    She got a crazy partner,
    Oughta see 'em reel and rock
    Long as she got a dime the music will never stop

    Roll over Beethoven,
    Roll over Beethoven,
    Roll over Beethoven,
    Roll over Beethoven,
    Roll over Beethoven and dig these rhythm and blues

    Writer/s: CHUCK BERRY
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

    Roll Over Beethoven Song Chart
  • This song is about the rock 'n' roll craze that was taking over America. Beethoven and Tchikovsky were classical composers who were being bumped aside by rock. At the time, many critics dismissed rock music as a passing fad.
  • Berry was careful to write lyrics that told a coherent story, which in this case follows a young many as he pursues his favorite music. Berry also took care to deliver his lyrics clearly so a wider audience could understand them. This helped him avoid the fate of many Little Richard songs: more popular, but sanitized covers by Pat Boone.
  • The Beatles released a version of this in 1963. They played it at most of their early live shows.
  • This was used in the 1992 movie Beethoven, which is about a Saint Bernard.
  • The Electric Light Orchestra covered this in 1973, mixing in some of Beethoven's music. It was their biggest hit at the time, going to #6 in the UK and #42 in the US.
  • Iron Maiden spoofed this on their song "Roll Over Vic Vella," which was used as the B-side to the single for "From Now to Eternity" It's one of the few singles that featured a photograph of the band performing as cover art. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
  • For a February 4, 1977 primetime special celebrating 25 years of American Bandstand, Berry performed this song joined by Seals & Crofts, Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, Johnny Rivers, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels and Doc Severinsen. This was one of the first "all-star jams" that would later become commonplace. This performance served as a showcase for the musicians, who were introduced as they performed by Paul Williams . (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)

  • Big Bill Broonzy Songs - Big Bill's Guitar Blues
    Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill's Guitar Blues


    Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill's Guitar Blues Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: released as a single
    Released: 1956

    Big Bill's Guitar Blues Lyrics


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  • Not to be confused with the earlier vocal track "Big Bill Blues," this acoustic guitar instrumental sees Broonzy showboating. Running to nearly five minutes, it also features Kansas Fields on drums. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)

  • Carl Perkins Songs - Honey Don't
    Carl Perkins - Honey Don't


    Carl Perkins - Honey Don't Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos
    Album: Carl Perkins
    Released: 1956

    Honey Don't Lyrics


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  • You've probably heard of a "Honeydew" list, where a wife creates a list of tasks for her husband to take care of around the house: Honey Do this, Honey Do that. Perkins flips the saying into "Honey Don't," as he asks his girl to be faithful.
  • Perkins originally released this as the B-side of his hit "Blue Suede Shoes." It was listed as "Honey, Don't!"
  • The Beatles recorded this in 1964 after Perkins visited them on the last day of recording for their fourth album, Beatles For Sale. The Beatles were big fans of Perkins, and didn't change much about the song at all, which was rare for a Beatles cover.
  • This is the only officially released Beatles song that was covered by each member individually: Lennon recorded it for the soundtrack of his homemade film Clock; McCartney recorded it with Carl Perkins during sessions for Paul's Tug Of War album; Ringo performed it with Perkins for the 1986 TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session With Carl Perkins And Friends, and Harrison played it in 1987 when he took the stage at a Taj Mahal concert. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
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