The Story of Bo Diddley Lyrics

The Animals


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Ellas Mcdaniel, Eric Burdon
album: Track in album The Complete Animals
release date: 1990-7
popularity : 4 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Beat/Rhythm & Blues
length: 5:45

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Now listen here to the story of Bo Diddley
The rock 'n roll scene in general
Bo Diddley was born Ellis McDaniels
In a place called McCoom

In Mississippi about nineteen-twenty-sex
He moved to Chicago about ninetten-thirty-eight
Where his name was eventually changed to Bo Diddley
He practised the guitar every day and sometimes into the night

'Til his papa's hair began to turn white
His pa said "Son, listen here, I know"
"You can stay but, uh, that guitar's just got to go"
So he pulled his hat down over his eyes

And headed on out for them western skies
I think Bob Dylan said that
He hit New York City
He began to play the Apollo in Harlem

Good scene there
Everybody raved
One day, one night
Came a Cadillac, four headlights

Came a man with a big long fat cigar
He said come here son, I'm going to make you a star
Bo Diddley said uh, what's in it for me?
The man said uh, shut your mouth son and play the guitar

And you just wait and see
Well, Bo made it, he made it real big
And so did the rest of the Rock 'n Roll scene along with him
And a white guy called Johnny Otis took Bo Diddley's rhythm

And changed into hand jive
And it went like this

In a little old country town one day
A little old country man begin to play
Had two guitars and a beat-up saxophone
When the drummer said those cats begin to

Oh baby, ooh we oh oh
Ooh la la that rock 'n roll
You hear me, ooh we oh oh
Ooh la la that rock 'n roll

Then the U.S. music scene, there was big changes made
Due to circumstances beyond our control
Such as payola
The rock 'n roll scene died after two years of solid rock

You got discs like, uh
Take good care of my baby
Please don't ever make her blue
And so forth

About, uh, one year later
In a place called Liverpool in England
Uh, four young guys with mop haircuts
Begin to sing stuff like, uh

It's been a hard day's night
And I've been workin' like a dog
And so on

A place called Richmond in Surrey
Way down in the deep south
Where the guys had long hair down their backs sang
I want to be your lover baby
I want to be your man, yeah
And all that jazz

Well we been doin' this number Bo Diddley
For quite some time now
Bo Diddley visited this country last year
And we were playin' the Club A-Go-Go in Newcastle, our home town

And the doors opened one night
And to our surprise in walked the man himself, Bo Diddley
Along with him was, uh, Jerome Green, his maraca man
And the Dutchess, his gorgeous sister

Now we're doin', uh, we're doin' this number
Along with them came Rolling Stones and The Mersey Beats
They're all standin' around diggin' it
And I overheard Bo Diddley talkin'

He turned around to Jerome Green, he said
Hey Jerome, what do you think of these guys doin' our, our material?
Jerome said uh, where's the bar, man
Please show me to the bar
He turned around to the Dutchess and he said

Hey Dutch, what do you think of these young guys doin' our material?
She said ah, I don't know, I only came across here to see the
Changin' of the guards and all that jazz
But Bo Diddley looked up at me and he said, uh

With half-closed eyes and a smile
He said man", took off his glasses
He said man
That sure is the biggest load of rubbish ever heard in my life
Hey Bo Diddley (hey, Bo Diddley)

Oh Bo Diddley (hey, Bo Diddley)
Yeah Bo Diddley (hey, Bo Diddley)
Oh Bo Diddley (hey, Bo Diddley)
Yeah Bo Diddley (hey, Bo Diddley)
Oh Bo Diddley (hey, Bo Diddley)


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Boom Boom
  • 2 Talkin' 'Bout You (full version)
  • 3 Blue Feeling
  • 4 Dimples
  • 5 Baby Let Me Take You Home
  • 6 Gonna Send You Back to Walker
  • 7 Baby What's Wrong
  • 8 House of the Rising Sun
  • 9 F-E-E-L
  • 10 I'm Mad Again
  • 11 The Right Time
  • 12 Around and Around
  • 13 I'm in Love Again
  • 14 Bury My Body
  • 15 She Said Yeah
  • 16 I'm Crying
  • 17 Take It Easy
  • 18 The Story of Bo Diddley
  • 19 The Girl Can't Help It
  • 20 I've Been Around
    CD 2
  • 1 Memphis Tennessee
  • 2 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • 3 Club-A-Gogo
  • 4 Roadrunner
  • 5 Hallelujah I Love Her So
  • 6 Don't Want Much
  • 7 I Believe to My Soul
  • 8 Let the Good Times Roll
  • 9 Mess Around
  • 10 How You've Changed
  • 11 I Ain't Got You
  • 12 Roberta
  • 13 Bright Lights Big City
  • 14 Worried Life Blues
  • 15 Bring It on Home to Me
  • 16 For Miss Caulker
  • 17 I Can't Believe It
  • 18 We've Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • 19 It's My Life
  • 20 I'm Gonna Change the World