‘Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me

Music & Lyrics by Garland Jeffreys

From the album The King of In Between (Luna Park Records, 2011)

 

James Brown’s cape is on the auction block

Should be in a museum under key and lock

All the jewels and gems on the fingers of Fats Domino

Don’t affect me it’s his voice I wanna know

They say that afterlife’s an afterglow

I’m gonna wait ‘til John Lee Hooker says so

 

Bo Diddley’s in the yard

Four speakers screamin’ from the corners

Two woofers, a hoofer, God

I bet you thought I was a goner

Right from the very start

I always loved Sinatra and King Cole

But not gettin’ any younger

And I’m not feelin’ very old

But I’m not shoppin’ for my cemetery tomb soon

I’m gonna wait till John Lee Hooker makes room

 

Hurry hurry hurry baby

Boom boom boom

Been so many years now

We’ve been bride and groom

Born in forty-three in the month of June

Sooner or later gonna dust my broom

Gonna follow in the footsteps of John Lee

And wait ‘til John Lee Hooker calls me

 

Seen a lot heard a lot done a lot

Between you and me

Loved all the sounds from Armstrong

To what’s goin’ on currently

But let me tell you what I found

A secret so elementary

The king who wears the crown

Is not the king necessarily

But before my ashes blow into the sea

I’m gonna wait for John Lee Hooker to call me

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