Jonesey
Paul Johanis

Story

In the old west end in the 1960s, there were LOTS of garage bands, hence the name of the song, A Band on Every Corner. Within a couple of blocks from where I lived there 6 or 7 bands. On the inside cover of the CD jacket, there is an aerial photograph of the neighbourhood, with little guitars showing where the home base of each of these bands was located.  This song is a tribute really to all those teen musicians, working away at their music, dreaming of making it big. The lyrics contain actual band names or names of band members from that place and time: the Silver Sporadics, It's Dem Things, The Poets, Albatross. Check out my blog entry for this song for more background, pictures and cool links!    

 

 

Lyrics

Back in the day in the my old neighbourhood

Every boy who wanted to be Johnny B. Good

Tap out on his desk to do that Wipeout groove

Let’s start a band we’ve got nothing to lose.

A band on every corner,

A band on every corner,

A band on every corner,

And there’s Ronnie, Bob and Casey and their drummer Jim

 

Rick’s got a ‘lectric he can play a Ventures tune

Upstairs at the group home there’s music room

A set of drums, an amp is all you need to be

The next band to be really big on TV

Listen to the songs and try to write out the words

Pick up your guitar and try to work out the chords

Hope your lead guitar can learn to play that lick

Get your step work down and do it just like Mick

A band on every corner,

A band on every corner,

A band on every corner,

And the Silver Sporadics and their silver hair

 

Hey we got a gig it’s on Saturday night

It’s down at the Centre hope there isn’t fight

We got our set list down it’s all top 40 tunes

The highlight of the night is Blue Cheer’s Summertime Blues

Glen Rock and his cars are across the track

On O’Meara, It’s dem things practice in a shack

Back on our street there’s these four skinny kids

And the Poets, Saints and Sinners and the Albatross too.

 

A band on every corner,

A band on every corner,

A band on every corner.