Now listen here to the story of Bo Diddley The rock 'n roll scene in general Bo Diddley was born Ellis McDaniels In a place called McCoom
In Mississippi about 1926 He moved to Chicago about 1938 Where his name was eventually changed to Bo Diddley He practised the guitar every day and sometimes into the night
'Til his papa's hair began to turn white His pa said "Son, listen here, I know" "You can stay but, uh, that guitar's just got to go" So he pulled his hat down over his eyes
And headed on out for them western skies I think Bob Dylan said that He hit New York City He began to play the Apollo in Harlem
Good scene there Everybody raved One day, one night Came a Cadillac, four headlights
Came a man with a big long fat cigar He said "Come here son, I'm going to make you a star" Bo Diddley said "Uh, what's in it for me?" The man said "Uh, shut your mouth son and play the guitar"
"And you just wait and see" Well, Bo made it, he made it real big And so did the rest of the Rock 'n Roll scene along with him And a white guy called Johnny Otis took Bo Diddley's rhythm
And changed into hand jive And it went like this:
In a little old country town one day A little old country man begin to play Had two guitars and a beat-up saxophone When the drummer said ??? those cats begin to ???
Oh baby, oooo we oh oh Oooo la la that rock 'n roll You hear me, oooo we oh oh Oooo la la that rock 'n roll
Then the U.S. music scene, there was big changes made Due to circumstances beyond our control Such as payola The rock 'n roll scene died after two years of solid rock
You got discs like, uh: Take good care of my baby Please don't ever make her blue And so forth
About, uh, one year later In a place called Liverpool in England Uh, four young guys with mop haircuts Begin to sing stuff like, uh:
It's been a hard day's night And I've been workin' like a dog And so on
A place called Richmond in Surrey Way down in the deep south Where the guys had long hair down their backs sang: I want to be your lover baby I want to be your man, yeah And all that jazz
Well we been doin' this number "Bo Diddley" For quite some time now Bo Diddley visited this country last year And we were playin' the Club A-Go-Go in Newcastle, our home town
And the doors opened one night And to our surprise in walked the man himself, Bo Diddley Along with him was, uh, Jerome Green, his maraca man And the Dutchess, his gorgeous sister
Now we're doin', uh, we're doin' this number Along with them came Rolling Stones and The Mersey Beats They're all standin' around diggin' it And I overheard Bo Diddley talkin'
He turned around to Jerome Green, he said "Hey Jerome. What do you think of these guys doin our, our material?" Jerome said "Uh, where's the bar, man. Please show me to the bar." He turned around to the Dutchess and he said
"Hey Dutch. What do you think of these young guys doin' our material?" She said ah, "I don't know. I only came across here to see the Changin' of the guards and all that jazz." But Bo Diddley looked up at me and he said, uh
With half-closed eyes and a smile He said "Man". Took off his glasses. He said "Man" "That sure is the biggest load of rubbish ever heard in my life" Hey Bo Diddley (Hey, Bo Diddley)
Oh Bo Diddley (Hey, Bo Diddley) Yeah Bo Diddley (Hey, Bo Diddley) Oh Bo Diddley (Hey, Bo Diddley) Yeah Bo Diddley (Hey, Bo Diddley) Oh Bo Diddley (Hey, Bo Diddley)