Archive | July 14, 2013

“Let’s Go Crazy”–Prince

Prince, Icon honoree, performs LIVE at the Billboard Music Awards 2013

Besides being sexy, funky, and smart as hell, Prince is a guitar God. Just watch these videos if you have any doubt. For some Genius is magic; listen to this track to see genius as equal parts skill, vision, and passion, yet don’t forget the final dash of F.U.

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Electric word life it means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you there’s something else
The afterworld, a world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night
So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left?
Ask him how much of your mind, baby
‘Cause in this life things are much harder than in the afterworld
This life you’re on your own
And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy punch a higher floor
If you don’t like the world you’re living in
Take a look around you at least you got friends
Come on lady for friendly word
She picked up the phone, dropped it on the floor
Ahh, ahh is all I heard
Are we gonna let the elevator
Bring us down, oh, no let’s go
Let’s go crazy, let’s get nuts
Look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go
All excited but we don’t know why
Maybe it’s ’cause we’re all gonna die
And when we do, what’s it all for
Better live now before the grim reaper
Come knocking on your door
Are we gonna let the elevator
Bring us down, oh, no let’s go
Let’s go crazy, let’s get nuts
Look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go
Come on baby let’s get nuts
Yeah, crazy
Let’s go crazy
Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go, go crazy
I said let’s go, go crazy
Let’s go, let’s go, go, let’s go
Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright
Make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill
Hang tough children
He’s comin’
He’s comin’
Take me away

PRINCE – Let’s Go Crazy/1999 Great Western Forum (April 23, 2011)

Let’s Go Crazy Revamp 2013

“Get Up Stand Up”–The Wailers

Get Up Stand Up Live In Dortmund, Germany

This is a song after my revolutionary heart. We know Reggae roots as righteous music, but Bob Marley and Peter Tosh remind us that their music is as much about celebrating the most high as it is about mashing down Babylon, especially Tosh’s version. He makes you want to punch your fist with punk aggression as much as move your soulful hips. My all time favorite version is on 1991s Talking Blues.

Peter Tosh tearing it up at the Greek Theater Berkeley, CA.

Most people think,
Great god will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. jah!

A Very Different Arrangement-The Wailers 1973-05-27
Sundown, Edmonton, London, England

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game –
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty god is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can’t fool all the people all the time.