Sweet Little Sixteen
Chuck Berry Lyrics


They're really rockin' Boston
In Pittsburgh, PA
Deep in the heart of Texas
And 'round the 'Frisco Bay
All over St. Louis
And down in New Orleans
All the cats wanna dance with
Sweet Little Sixteen

Sweet Little Sixteen
She's just got to have
About half a million
Famed autographs
Her wallet filled with pictures
She gets 'em one by one
Becomes so excited
Watch her, look at her run, boy

Oh, mommy, mommy
Please, may I go?
It's such a sight to see
Somebody steal the show
Oh, daddy, daddy
I beg of you
Whisper to mommy
It's all right with you

'Cause they'll be rockin' on Bandstand
In Philadelphia, PA
Deep in the heart of Texas
And 'round the 'Frisco Bay
All over St. Louis
Way down in New Orleans
All the cats wanna dance with
Sweet Little Sixteen

'Cause they'll be rockin' on Bandstand
Philadelphia, PA
Deep in the heart of Texas
And 'round the 'Frisco Bay
All over St. Louis
Way down in New Orleans
All the cats wanna dance with, ooh
Sweet Little Sixteen

Sweet Little Sixteen
She's got the grown up blues
Tight dresses and lipstick
She's sportin' high heel shoes
Oh, but tomorrow morning
She'll have to change her trend
And be sweet sixteen
And back in class again

But they'll be rockin' in Boston
Pittsburgh, PA
Deep in the heart of Texas
And 'round the 'Frisco Bay
Way out in St. Louis
Way down in New Orleans
All the cats wanna dance with
Sweet Little Sixteen

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Written by: Chuck Berry

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Gerry Nightingale

Yeah, it's the same melody-line and contrapuntal change-ups...but that's where it ends
I could make the same observation of virtually ANY RnR song in 4/4-time that runs 2:20 to 2:50 or so because there's there's only so much that can be done with 'A/B/Dm/A/E' with a guitar amped or otherwise and get airplay
________
When the Beatles did "All You Need Is Love" they were told "Very nice tune, but we'll have to 'shorten' that coda or it won't get airplay in the U.S. as a 'Single' at 9-minutes plus!
Lennon then informed 'all and sundry' "Ya won't touch ANY of it or we'll not release it at all and besides they WILL play it because it's from us!"
This was a 'First' in American AM singles play at that length...and it was and remains a 'Hit'
__________
Berry needs no affirmation from anyone as to 'Who is the 'Alpha' of RnR?
( The Beatles did more 'covers' of Berry songs than anyone else they liked, so that says everything of itself )



All comments from YouTube:

Pat Brennan

He wrote his own songs, he wrote his own lyrics, he payed guitar very well. Sounds like the real king of rock and roll to me..

Pat Brennan

@Bob Joseph Definitely # one.

Pat Brennan

@Robert Sansone Elvis never wrote a single song in his lifetime. Heartbreak hotel was written Carl Perkins and recorded by Elvis without permission. Presley was a singer not a songwriter or musician, albeit a very good singer.

Bob Joseph

If not that definitely top second

Robert Sansone

@Mark R An addendum, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a Gospel singer/guitar player who started out in the Thirties. Her guitar style heavily influenced Chuck Berry & Jimi Hendrix. She was an incredible guitar player. I especially recommend the song, "Up Above My Head". I am not into Gospel Music but many people who came to hear her weren't either. They just wanted to hear her play. I would include a link but am to ignorant to know how.

Robert Sansone

@Mark R I have a Ten years After album. I really liked Alvin Lee. I also like a lot of Old Country Western. My two points were though, Chuck Berry had much more influence on the evolution of Rock & Roll than Elvis Presley, (I actually like some Elvis songs) & most folks I have known who call Elvis "The King", aren't even Rock fans.

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goblue86

Though 65 years ago, I had the pleasure of personally meeting Mr. Berry shaking hands as he passed by after one of his performances in San Antonio, TX, 1957, where I was stationed in the Air Force. I still remember the sweat dripping down his face yet he stopped walking to ask how I was doing and if he had performed well. I was spellbound. The man was beyond awesome. It was an incredible 10 seconds.

Judith Cárdenas

Si no es por la película "Cadillac records" ni me entero de este artista ni de tantas cosas interesantes, para la cultura del rock and roll. Cada artista que sale en esa película tiene una historia digna de una película. Me alegro de haberla visto y la recomiendo.

doug peters

Chuck Berry's influence as a founding father of rock 'n' roll cannot be overstated

Rubber Ducky

Don’t forget Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s contribution to Rock n Roll

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