Sunday, June 16, 2013

James Brown - Living in America

If you don't like James Brown, you're evil. Not only he was the Godfather of Soul, but he was one of the tightest performers of his era. When listening to his live album, it's sometimes difficult to pinpoint if it's live or not, if you don't hear clapping in between the songs. Brown's music has put people in a good mood for several generations now. I chose LIVING IN AMERICA for you today, because James Brown and Sylvester Stallone is like deep-fried, bacon stuffed chicken nuggets, it's foreseeable, but it's almost too good to be true. They collaborated only once, for ROCKY IV but what a collaboration it was. Apollo Creed never looked so cool than when dancing to The Godfather of Soul. Too bad he didn't perform very well that day. But anyway, let James Brown enliven your Sunday. Just don't confront large Russian, Communism-engineered men.


Yeah, uh! Get up now! Ow! Knock out this!

Super highways, coast to coast, easy to get anywhere
On the transcontinental overload, just slide behind the wheel
How does it feel

When theres no destination-that's too far
And somewhere on the way, you might find out who you are

Livin' in America-eye to eye, station to station
Livin' in America-hand to hand,across the nation
Livin in America-got to have a celebration

Rock my soul

Smokestack, fatback,many miles of railroad track
All night radio, keep on runnin' through, your rock 'n' roll soul
All night diners, keep you 'wake, on black coffee, and a hard roll

You might have to walk the fine line,
you might take the hard line
But everybody's workin' overtime

Livin' in America-eye to eye, station to station
Livin' in America-hand to hand,across the nation
Livin in America-got to have a celebration

I live in America, help me out,
but I live in America,
wait a minute
You may not be looking for the promise land,
but you might find it anyway
Under one of those old familiar names
Like New Orleans (New Orleans) Detroit City (Detroit City), Dallas (Dallas), Pittsburg P.A. (Pittsburg P.A.) New York City (New York City)Kansas City (Kansas City)Atlanta (Atlanta) CHICAGO & L.A.!

Livin in America-hit me
Livin in America-yeah,
I walk in and out
Livin' in America

I live in America-state lines,
gonna make the prime, that
I live in America-hey
I know what it means,I

Livin' in America...
Livin' in America- hit me now, eye to eye, station to station
Livin' in America
Livin' in America-I feel good! 


  1. Saw James Brown in a concert in Bermuda in 1963. My friend and I were the only white people in the audience. We had to run for our lives at the end when he gets dragged back by his handlers and keeps fighting them off and throwing his cuff links and handkerchiefs to the audience and they (mostly black teenaged girls) went berzerk, diving over seats, swinging fists, etc., to get his stuff. My buddy and I both got scratched up badly! When I went back to the State for a visit, none of my white friends were aware of him at the time.

  2. Amazing, Les! I wish I could have seen him before he passed. Saw several legends of music live, but Brown is missing to my list.

  3. Two weeks after I saw James Brown, my then-fiance, a Nova Scotian (blue noser) and her girlfriend were downtown in Hamilton, Bermuda, at the 40 Thieves nightclub where another entertainer was going through his sound check. They met him and he invited them and their dates (me and her girlfriend's fiance) to sit at his table during his performance that night. The entertainer? B.B. King. 1963 was a good year for meeting singers. He was dressed in green satin and I kept calling him "The Jolly Green Giant" which he got a kick out of.