Berry Rides Again
Steppenwolf Lyrics


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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JOHN KAY

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Jimi Mac Sheen

Goldie bangin the keys like an animal, Jerry rippin the heads to shreds as if a metronome! John Kay the greatest band leader to walk the face of the Earth!

mikeisamovie

a five star album that outstrips the current flavor any year!

tuxguys

I hadn't heard this in at least 40 years before tonight, and I remembered all of it.
In 1968, when this "psychedelic" LP came out, this was a brave and bold move:
Chuck Berry, the King of R 'n' R, was anything but hip at this point, and for these guys to do such a clever tribute to him, both stylistically and lyrically, and not in the least bit "ironically," was a big wake-up call for a lot of Counter-culture Kids...
Note how good the rhythm section is, how the drummer, Mars Bonfire (nee Jerry Edmonton) nails it; how the guitar player, Michael Monarch, I believe, gives his nod to Chuck; and most well-executed, the pianist, Goldy McJohn, best known for his extremely percussive B-3 playing on tunes like "Magic Carpet Ride," plays an extremely accurate and controlled piano part, echoing both Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
This music had a history that pre-dated the Beatles, and this cut showed that Steppenwolf understood that.
Great stuff.

Jimi Mac Sheen

Mars Bonfire (nee Dennis Edmonton) songwriter "Born to Be Wild"! Jerry Edmonton drummer( brother)

Ben Lewis

I think there were different groups of cats and chicks regarding the appreciation of the big beat that came before. Musicians dug it the most, they grew up with it, they could take a bit of it now and then. Fans and teenyboppers were all about the here and now, what the media gods and trendsetters said was hip and therefore you must dig it. Like, dig, Jerry Garcia didn't put down The Monkees, it was the media gods and trendsetters who put down The Monkees.

John Paul Makowski

Excellent accurate review. I am also old enough to know this first hand!

Frank DeFonda

To expand a bit on what tuxguys observed, what I've always liked about this un-spoken tribute is its "un-statedness" (not sure if that's a word)! At 2:12 someone in less worthy hands could have dropped in a screaming Guitar solo---but that wasn't Chuck Berry; ask Keith Richards about that. Johnnie Johnson and probably Ian Stewart would have been proud of Goldy McJohn on this track. Great respect for John Kay, this my favorite album; when they came to play Syracuse, NY, he signed my Mobile Fidelity Gold CD of this release, its come close to being framed many times! A great tribute on his part to the legend of Chuck Berry. Thank you for this opportunity. Frank DeFonda.

Son Joestar

best chuck berry tribute!

Barry Gadsey

ROCK n ROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will never die

peter bayard

Rock  Gods

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