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February 04, 2008

I Caught Maybellene At the Top of the Hill

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

1965. France. And Chuck Berry was in an especially exuberant mood:

Have there been many greater lines written in America than "Rainwater flowin' all under my hood / But I knew that was doin' my motor good"? OK, maybe "As I was a-motor-vatin' over the hill / I saw Maybellene in a Coupe de Ville." But not many others. It seems to me that Chuck Berry's wordplay and rhythms have done a lot to shape American English.

Hard to believe that Chuck Berry is now 81 years old. He's wearing it awfully well.



posted by Michael at February 4, 2008


A bluesman only gets better with age, and Chuck Berry really is a great bluesman, as well as a rock and roll legend.

I especially like his London Session album with the Rolling Stones as his backup band.

The simple love of cars expressed in his songs... how could you get away with that today after three decades of leftist bitching about the evils of the automobile? One of the great ironies of living in Woodstock is this constantly expressed hatred of gasoline and cars. Without gasoline and cars, the popular music business that made Woodstock famous could not have existed.

Berry is known to be a ruthless businessman. He did not allow the men in suits to steal him blind. Good for him.

One of my bands plays Johnny B. Goode, one of the great rock and roll anthems. The lyrics are as accurate a description of Chuck Berry as you are likely to ever read.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on February 4, 2008 9:20 AM

But there are so many great Chuck Berry lyrics. I think my favorite is from "Too Much Monkey Business":

Same thing, every day,
Gettin' up, goin' to school
No need of me complainin'
My objection overruled
Too much monkey business
Too much monkey business
To much monkey business
For me to be involved in

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on February 4, 2008 6:30 PM

"She said she didn't, but I knew that she do"

Thanks! You got me moving onto other videos of his and I'm having a helluva flashback!

Posted by: susan on February 7, 2008 9:47 AM

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