Steppenwolf Album

Artist(s): Steppenwolf

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Sookie Sookie

length: 3:16
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: Don Covay, Steve Cropper

Let it hang out baby, let it hang out now, now na-na now
Let it hang out baby, everybody work out
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sue

Let it hang out baby, do the Baltimore jig
Let it hang out baby, do the boomerang with me
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sue

Really got it bad child, drink a bottle of turpentine
When you wake up in the mornin', feelin' kinda fine
Let it hang out baby, let it hang out now, now na-na now

You better watch your step girl, don't step on that banana peel
If your foot should hit it, you'll go up to the ceiling
Hang it in baby, hang it in baby
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sue

Let it hang out baby, let it hang out now, now na-na now
Let it hang out baby, everybody work out
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sooki, Sookie, Sue

Everybody's Next One

length: 2:59
producer: Gabriel Mekler
writer: John Kay, Gabriel Mekler
She's all alone, just lost another one
Met him yesterday and he's already gone
And though tonight she'll swear it was the last time
A smiling face will come that knows the right line
And then she'll do all the right things with the wrong guy
And when he's gone, next day she'll sit and wonder way.

She doesn't know why she's everybody's next one
'Cause she's afraid that the truth is gonna hurt some
All the pity in the world ain't gonna help none
She has to realize that to keep one, her ways have to change some.

She tries too hard and she comes on too strong
Digs herself too much and thinks she can't be wrong
She's too impressed by things that do not matter
To be the Queen of hearts is what she's after
And then she'll do all the right things with the wrong guy
And when he's gone, next day she'll sit and wonder way.

She doesn't know why she's everybody's next one
'Cause she's afraid that the truth is gonna hurt some
All the pity in the world ain't gonna help none
She has to realize that to keep one, her ways have to change some.

Berry Rides Again

length: 2:53
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: John Kay
Well thinking of my schooldays,I remember Maybeline
Used to dance with her all night she was little sweet sixteen
Her brother used to chase me
He thought I did, but I never could
I used to call him Little Queenie
His name was Johnny B. Good

I used to hold 'till I was older
Then I got bolder
Her brother used to scold her
I left there in the mornin'
Went back to Memphis, Tennessee
You know her brother never found me
And that's all right with me.

I went to New York City to find what could be found
Just for kicks down sixty-six, stopped in L.A. Town
Yes I went to California just to see what I could see
Well nobody knew just where I was
And that's all right with me
You know I met a girl named Carol
And her girlfriend sweet Nadine
Played rock n' roll music
Used to kiss me in between
Roll over Beethoven that happened to be her favorite song
But we never did much rollin'
I didn't stay there long

I used to hold her and try to mold her
Somebody told her, Nadine and I were bolder
I left there in the mornin'
Went back to Memphis, Tennessee
You know I never saw her face again
And that's all right with me

I used to hold her and try to mold her
Somebody told her, Nadine and I were bolder
I left there in the mornin'
Went back to Memphis, Tennessee
You know I never saw her face again
And that's all right with me

Hoochie Coochie Man

length: 5:15
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: Willie Dixon
lyricist: Willie Dixon
The gypsy woman told my mama
On the day I was born
Oh, you got a boy child comin'
Oh, Lord, he's gonna be a son of a gun
He's gonna make those pretty women
You know, he's gonna make 'em jump and shout
The whole wide world gonna wonder
What it's all about

Yeah, you know I'm here
And everybody knows I'm here
I'm your Hoochie Coochie man
Oh, Lord, everybody knows I'm here

I got a black cat bone
Lord I got a mojo too
I got little John, the conquered
Oh baby, I'm gonna mess with you
I'm gonna grab those pretty women
I'm gonna grab 'em by the hand
You know, the whole wide world gonna know
Oh Lord, I'm your Hoochie Coochie man
Yes, you know I'm here
Everybody knows I'm here

On the seventh hour
Oh Lord, on the seventh day
I tell you on the seventh month, child
Hey, the seven doctors say
Now, he was born for luck
I said, baby, don't you see
I got seven hundred dollars darlin'
Don't you mess with me

Because I'm here
Everybody, everybody knows I'm here
I'm your Hoochie Coochie man
Hey, I tell you, everybody knows I'm here

Born to Be Wild

length: 3:30
producer: Gabriel Mekler
lyricist: Mars Bonfire
composer: Mars Bonfire
Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin' with the wind
And the feelin' that I'm under
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never want to die

Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Your Wall's Too High

length: 5:47
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: John Kay
Your wall's too high, I can't see
Can't seem to reach you, can't set you free
If you can hear me, follow the sound
And help me tear your wall down to the ground

Everyone gets hurt sometimes
Everybody plays the game
If you don't win the first time
Come back and try again
Rocks and bricks can't help you
You can't hide behind your wall
Why don't you try to jump it little girl
I'll catch you if you fall

Ah, sometimes early in the mornin'
Without warnin' you'll realize
That you ain't too wise
With your head bowed down you go downtown
Watch an old lady hit the ground
Lots of people standin' round
But nobody seems to know her

You're an hour late when you reach your floor
Ah, and everybody tells you
That your boss is sore
Watch the clock for seven more
Then go flyin' through the door
Back home again the day is gone
You're safe and sound but still alone
And when the night falls around your walls
Ah, tell me don't you ever wish to go outside
Follow the lights and go outside
You'll be alright, just go outside

Desperation

length: 5:48
composer: John Kay
When rain drops fal and you feel low
Ah, do you ever think it's useless
Do you ever feel like letting go
Do you ever sit and do you wonder
Will the world ever change
And just how long will it take
To have it all rearranged

Tell me why these things are still the same
Tell me why no one can seem to learn from mistakes

Take my hand if you don't know where you're goin'
I'll understand, I've lost the way myself
Oh, don't take that old road it leads to nowhere
We must leave before the clock strikes twelve

It's so easy to do nothin'
When you're busy night and day
Take a step in one direction
And take a step the other way
So don't stop tryin' when you stumble
Don't give up should you fall
Keep on searchin' for the passway
That will lead you through the wall
Don't look back or you'll be left behind
Don't look back or you will never find peace of mind

The Pusher

length: 5:51
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: Hoyt Axton, Hoyt Axton
lyricist: Hoyt Axton, Hoyt Axton
You know I've smoked a lot of grass
Oh Lord, I've popped a lot of pills
But I never touched nothin'
Hmmm That my spirit could kill
You know I've seen a lot of people walkin' 'round
With tombstones in their eyes
But the pusher don't care
Ah if you live or if you die.

God damn, hmmm the pusher
God damn, yeah hey I say the pusher
I said God damn, God damn the pusher man.

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
With the love grass in his hand
Ahh but the pusher is a monster
But God he's not a natural man
The dealer for a nickel
Lord he'll sell you lots of sweet dreams
Ah but the pusher ruin your body
Lord, he'll leave your, he'll leave your mind to scream.

God damn, On the pusher
God damn, God damn the pusher
I say God damn, God, God damn the pusher man.

Well now if I were President of this land
You know I'd declare total war on the pusher man
I'd cut if he stands,
And I'd shoot him if he'd run
An I'd kill him with my Bible
And my razor and my gun.

God damn, Ahh the pusher
God damn, the pusher
I say God damn, God damn the pusher man.

A Girl I Knew

length: 2:43
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: John Kay, Morgan Cavett
She used to dance when she had the chance and the time it didn't matter
At the end of her night was an endless flight
While her head, it was lost in the laughter.

A girl I knew
Someone I used to talk to
When we'd meet in the middle of a room
A girl I knew
Who wore a shade of blue
Someone I used to talk to.

She used to sing in the night while her ring
It would sparkle like burgundy wine
And the people stopped and stared but pretend she's not there.

She used to dance when she had the chance and the time it didn't matter
At the end of her night was an endless flight
While her head, it was lost in the laughter.

Take What You Need

length: 3:32
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: John Kay, Gabriel Mekler
Take my hand sweet darlin'
Wipe that smile off your face
I don't love anyone but you
No one can take your place
But sometimes I worry darlin'
The way you seem to hog my love.

Just take what you need
Don't empty out the store
Just take what you need
'Cause I ain't got much more.

Took a stroll in the country
Some peace of mind to find
Wire fences everywhere
No place to rest my mind
Seems like a shame to me
The way some people hog the land.

Just take what you need
Don't empty out the store
Just take what you need
'Cause I ain't got much more.

Took a look in the paper
While tryin' to eat a bite
You know I read the evenin' news
And lost my appetite
Some have the nerve to ask
For more respect from you and me.

Just take what you need
Don't empty out the store
Just take what you need
'Cause I ain't got much more.

The Ostrich

length: 5:46
producer: Gabriel Mekler
composer: John Kay
We'll call you when you're six years old
And send you to the factory
To train your brain for eighteen years
With promise of security
But then you're free
And forty years you waste to chase the dollar sign
So you may die in Florida
At the pleasant age of sixty-nine.

The water's getting hard to drink
We've mangled up the country side
The air will choke you when you breathe
We're all committing suicide
But it's alright
It's progress folk keep pushin' till your body rots
Will strip the earth of all it's green
And then divide it into parking lots.

But there's nothing you and I can do
You and I are only two
What's right and wrong is hard to say
Forget about it for today
We'll stick our heads into the sand
Just pretend that all is grand
Then hope that everything turns out OK.

You're free to speak your mind my friend
As long as you agree with me
Don't criticize the father land
Or those who shape your destiny
'Cause if you do
You'll lose your job your mind and all the friends you knew
We'll send out all our boys in blue
They'll find a way to silence you.

But there's nothing you and I can do
You and I are only two
What's right and wrong is hard to say
Forget about it for today
We'll stick our heads into the sand
Just pretend that all is grand
Then hope that everything turns out OK.