From the recording Living in the Old West End

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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.