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LaVern Baker Lyrics


I used to smoke
I used to drink
I used to smoke, drink, and dance the hoochie-coo

I used to smoke and drink
Smoke and drink and dance the hoochie-coo
Whoa yeah
But now I'm standin' on this corner
Prayin' for a-me and you
Ah hah

That's why I'm saved (saved)
I'm saved (saved)
People let me tell you 'bout a, kingdom come

You know I'm saved (saved)
I'm saved (saved)
I can preach until you're, deaf and dumb
I'm in that soul-savin' army
Beatin' on that big a-bass drum
Whoa yeah

I used to cuss
I used to fuss
I used to cuss, fuss and boogie all night long

I used to cuss and fuss
Cuss and fuss and boogie all night long
Wah hah
But now I'm standin' on this corner
Ah-I know right-a from wrong
Uh huh

That's why I'm saved (saved)
I'm saved (saved)
People let me tell you 'bout a, kingdom come

You know I'm saved (saved)
Ah, saved (saved)
I can-a preach until you're, deaf and dumb
I'm in that soul-savin' army
Beatin' on that big a-bass drum
Whoa yeah

I used to lie (lie)
I used to cheat (cheat)
I used to lie,(lie) cheat(cheat) and step on peoples feet

I used to lie and cheat
Lie and cheat and step on peoples feet
Oh yeah
But now I'm steppin' on the glory
Sal-vation is my beat
Whoa yeah

Because I'm saved (saved)
I'm saved (saved)
People let me tell you 'bout a, kingdom come

You know I'm saved (saved)
Ah, saved (saved)
I can-a preach until you're, deaf and dumb
I'm in that soul-savin' army
Beatin' on that big a-bass drum
Whoa

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Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Angelo Anello

We never heard stuff like this on the radio, in the 60s.
It was considered 'race music'.

This generation celebrates the mixing of the races, as 'progress'. Don't dare mention crime or disease, because that would mark you, as a 'racist'..

Unless you're 'old fashioned'; you still believe there are races?

Elvis did a version of this, but it didn't come close to the original, much like most of his stolen 'soul', marketed to a generation of rebellious white teens, as socially acceptable.

Later on, he died with a prostitute from a drug overdose. Not a great role model; he never got to play a bass drum, either:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgyoHJWlp-8



All comments from YouTube:

Rylosalex

Love this song. The phrase "Dance the hoochie coo" makes me laugh every time

Kayanda Eddings

I heard this song back in 2006 on a gospel radio station on a show called gospel flashback. I couldn’t believe my ears when she said the phrase. I was laughing tickled to death.

David Walsh

Brilliant so uplifting feel good music. This lady certainly knows how to put a song over. My spirits have been truly lifted

paris rain

I found myself singing this song out of nowhere!!loved her even as a kid!!!

Denise Byers

Me too!

Murp h

Great singer -- great song. --- RIP Lavern I love you

Ronald Olive

It Would be interesting to hear Le’Andria Johnson incorporate this song in her live shows.

pgh45rpms

Laverne Baker back to her gospel roots.  Debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 the week of April 16, 1961, peaking at # 37 during its 7-week run.  It's very likely that it was recorded in late 1960, at the session when she did "Bumble Bee".

Boobie Needham

Lavern Baker was 1 of my favorite singers, from back in the day ... A few years ago my bro' went on a mission for me & got me everything he could find reissued on CD. I still have 1 of her albums with Lot's And Lot's Of Love which is my fave single...God bless her

emerybayblues

I used hear this on the oldies station in the 80s. I didn't appreciate the song back then, but I love it now!

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