Song Lyric Sunday: keep playing that rock and roll, Edgar Winter & White Trash; Tobacco Road with Johnny Winter.

When Helen, host of Song Lyric Sunday, chose as the theme this week: song from your first concert, I panicked. I remember my first concert, who I went with, the 20 strangers who helped find the glasses lens that fell on the floor of a crowded arena, dancing, being surrounded, swirled, encased in the music. But those were the days of band performance enhancing drugs, and I can’t remember who was on stage. 

So, to over compensate, two songs from Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter’s younger brother. Early in my short-lived concert going career, I do remember the band and the music.

The first is “Keep Playin’ that Rock ‘n’ Roll,” in a live performance at a point after I saw Edgar Winter and White Trash (with the incredible Rick Derringer). And because I liked Johnny’s music, tho never saw him in concert, video of the Winter Brothers performingTobacco Road. A song that was a hit for everyone except the writer, John D. Loudermilk who penned the classic in 1960. Lyrics for both songs from elyrics.

Edgar Winter & White Trash (later Edgar Winter Group)

keep playin’ that rock ‘n’ roll

Don’t you know that I was sittin back in Texas
I was playing those rhythm and blues
And then I got a big offer
For more money than I could refuse
I had the chance to make it
Playing anything I wanted to play
But way back in my mind
You know I could hear the people say
Keep playing that rock and roll
Keep doing what you been told
Save your money up for when you get old
Got to keep playing that rock and roll
So I packed up and I made it up to New York
Where my brother was a great big star
Yeah he was doing funky music
Singing and playing guitar
Johnny was making the big time
Everything was going his way
But way back in my mind
You know I could hear the people say
Keep playing that rock and roll
Keep doing what you been told
Save your money up for when you get old
Got to keep playing that rock and roll
(Guitar solo)
Don’t you know that I’ve been doing lots of thinking
I’ve been trying hard to figure it out
But there’s a certain kind of music, yeah
Got to make you jump and shout
Now you could call it commercial
If you want to be that way
But way back in my mind
You know I could hear the people say
Keep playing that rock and roll
Keep doing what you been told
Save your money up for when you get old
Got to keep playing that rock and roll
Oh you got to keep on playing
(You got to keep on playing)
Oh you got to keep on playing
(You got to keep on playing)
Oh you got to keep on playing
(You got to keep on playing)
Got to keep playing that rock and roll
Keep playing that rock and roll
Keep doing what you been told
Save your money up for when you get old
Got to keep playing that rock and roll
Rock and roll
Rock and roll
To satisfy my soul

written by Edgar Winter

Edgar & Johnny Winter, Tobacco Road

i was born in a trunk
mama died and my daddy got drunk
let me hear two dying crows
in the middle of tobacco road
grew up in a rusty shack
all i owned was hanging on my back
only lord knows how i loved tobacco road
but it’s hard, hard the only life i’ve ever known
but the lord knows how i loved
tobacco road
gonna leave, get a job
with the help of the treesome god
save my money, get rich enough
bring it back to tobacco road
bring dynamite and a crane
blow it up and start all over again
build a town be proud to show
give the name tobacco road
cause it’s hard, hard the only life i’ve ever known
i despise you cause you’re filthy
but i love you cause you’re home
solo
bring dynamite and a crane
blow it up start all over again
build a town be proud to know
this place called tobacco road
cause it’s hard, hard the only life i’ve ever known
but the lord knows how i love
tobacco road

written by John D. Loudermilk

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2 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: keep playing that rock and roll, Edgar Winter & White Trash; Tobacco Road with Johnny Winter.

  1. I really enjoyed both of those songs immensely. I especially loved the blues in the second one. My favorite part of this whole post, though, was “band performing enhancing drugs.” :) Thanks for sharing your trip down memory lane.

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