Saturday, June 2, 2012

Gene Vincent: Be Bop A Lula (1964)

Rockability

Gene Vincent here performs "Be Bop A Lula" in a 1964 concert. It falls under the genre of rocakabilly; it was written by Gene Vincent, Donald Graves, Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis and released in 1956. The song as written has no real meaning, other than declarations of young love, and yet it is a catchy tune with a dark side. Apparent in this rendition is both the threat of violence and the repressed sexuality, an admixture that befits the United States and its history. That makes it a post-war song, a Made in America song of the 1950s, and describes its appeal to many. Rolling Stone has ranked the song as no. 102 on its all time list of 500 greatest rock songs of all time. [You can also hear a fine cover version by John Lennon here, released in 1973.]

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Be Bop A Lula

Well, be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
My baby love, my baby love

Well, she's the girl in the red blue jeans
She's the queen of all the teens
She's the one that I know
She's the one that loves me so

Say be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
My baby love, my baby love

Well, she's the one that gots that beat
She's the one with the flyin' feet
She's the one that walks around the store
She's the one that gets more more more

Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
My baby love, my baby love

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