Who Sang Shine? Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder Jazz cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1978
Genre: Blues Folk, World, & Country
Style: Ragtime/Delta Blues
length: 3:46
membranophone: Mark Stevens
conductor: Joseph Byrd
piano: John Rodby
vocal: Ry Cooder
mixer: Lee Herschberg
arranger: Bill Johnson and Joseph Byrd
alto saxophone: Harvey Pittel
background vocals: Simon Pico Payne, Bill Johnson, Cliff Givens and Jimmy Adams
guitar: Ry Cooder
vibraphone: Tom Collier
co-producer: Ry Cooder and Joseph Byrd
clarinet: Wilbur Schwartz, David Sherr and Harvey Pittel
bass clarinet: David Sherr
Some other versions of "Shine"

Lyrics
When I was born they christened me plain Samuel Johnson Brown
But I hadn't grown so very big, 'fore some folks in this town
Had changed it 'round to, "Sambo", I was "Rastus" to a few
Then "Chocolate Drop" was added by some others that I knew

And then to cap the climax, I was strolling down the line
When someone shouted, "Fellas, hey! Come on and pipe the shine!"
But I don't care a bit
Here's how I figure it

Well, just because my hair is curly
And just because my teeth are pearly
Just because I always wear a smile
Likes to dress up in the latest style

Just because I'm glad I'm livin'
Takes trouble smilin', never whine
Just because my color's shady
Slightly different maybe that's why they call me shine

Say, just because my hair is curly
And just because my teeth are pearly
And just because I always wear a smile
I wear my jeans like a man I mean
He always dresses in the latest style

Just because I'm glad I'm livin'
Takes trouble smilin', never whine
Just because my color's shady
Slightly different maybe that's why they call me shine

Tracklist
  • 1 Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
  • 2 Face to Face That I Shall Meet Him
  • 3 The Pearls / Tia Juana
  • 4 The Dream
  • 5 Happy Meeting in Glory
  • 6 In a Mist
  • 7 Flashes
  • 8 Davenport Blues
  • 9 Shine
  • 10 Nobody
  • 11 We Shall Be Happy

  • Release information
    label: Warner Bros. Records
    country(area): United States
    barcode: 075992735520
    script: Latin