Back in the usa

Studio CD: Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers +4
Compilation: Radio On, Roadrunner Roadrunner
Other: Home of the Hits
Compilation Bootleg: For All The Modern Lovers, Regression
Radio Bootleg: Live In Sweden 1978, Herentals
Live Bootleg: Town Hall 1976, The Cellar Door, The Boarding House, New York University, Pinkpop, Live In Bristol 1978, The Quiet Knight Club 1978, The International House, Mezzago
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

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Lyrics

[Back in the usa by Chuck Berry, as done by the Modern Lovers, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3]

Oh well, oh well, I feel real good today,
You see We touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
And Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me at home in Boston Massastu-sus

(I'll tell you somethin)

Now Did I miss the skyscrapers, and the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
Oh yes I did, till I got back to the usa

(Rock a while, let's go)

Well take me to a drive-in, take me to a corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I wanna see a juke-box jump with records in the usa

(Let's talk about it)

You see, I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa, oh yea
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa, its true
What you want, we got right back in the usa

My turn, look out

Just take me to a drive-in, any little corner cafe
I wanna hear hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I wanna see a juke-box jump with records in the usa

Let's go

Well, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa, oh yea
Well I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa, I am
Cause what you want, what you want, it's here in the usa

Live In Sweden 1978

Lyrics

Well are you ready?
Well are you ready to go?
We're going to rock and roll now and it won't be slow
Cause we rock this way in the usa

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
We just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from overseas to the usa

Well New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
Well now Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me back home in Boston Massatus

Well now, did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
You can bet your life I did, till I got back in the usa

All right Leroy, tell them

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I want to hear the juke-box jump with records in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Now I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause everything you need is there in the usa

Leroy

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on the open griddle night and day
And there's a juke-box jumping with records in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

For All The Modern Lovers

Lyrics

[Back in the usa]

Well are you ready?
Well are you ready to go?
We're going to rock and roll now and it won't be slow
Cause we rock this way in the usa

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
We touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from over the seas to the usa

Wll New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
Well now Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me back home in Boston Massatus

Well now Did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
You can bet your life I did, till I got back in the usa

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I want to hear the juke-box jumping with records in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Now I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause everything you need is there in the usa

Leroy

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on the open griddle night and day
And there's a juke-box jumping with records in the usa

Well, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

Herentals

Lyrics

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
We just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from overseas to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
Well Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me being back home in Boston Massatus

Well now, did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
Well you can bet your life I did, till I got back in the usa

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I want to hear the juke-box jump with records in the usa

Now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Now I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
That's right
I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

Town Hall 1976

Lyrics

[How we doing?
What's that you say down there?
Are we doing ok?
Are we all ready?
Modern lovers we're ready all ready]

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
Because we just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from Europe to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
Well now Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me back in Boston Massatus

Well did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
I did, until I got back in the usa

[Let's go]

Well any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
I wanna hear hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I want to hear the juke-box jump with records in this usa

Well, I'm real glad I'm livin' in the usa
And I'm real glad I was brought up in the usa
Cause what you want is right here in the usa

One more time

Well, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
And I'm glad we're here right now in the usa
Cause here is where we're needed, here in the usa

The Cellar Door

Lyrics

Well are you ready?
Are you ready to go?
We're gonna rock rock baby and don't be slow
We're gonna rock roll right now baby
Tonight I'm gonna talk about the usa

Oh well, oh well, I feel real good today,
You know we just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home from overseas to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
Well now Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Well not to mention me at home in Boston Massastu-sus

Now did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
You can bet your life I did, till I got back to the usa

[Take you for a little spin through it]

Well take me to any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on some open griddle night and day
I wanna hear a juke-box jump with records in the usa

I'm so glad I'm livin in the usa
Now I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Here is where they need us now, here in the usa

I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa, that's right
Well now I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

The Boarding House

Lyrics

Ready to go
Ready now now and don't be slow
We're gonna rock well well well
We're gonna roll well well well
Well

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
You know we just touched ground on an international runway
Now jet propelled back from England overseas, to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you (that's true)
And Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention how good it feels to be back in Boston Massastusus

Did I miss the skyscrapers, and the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
Oh yes I did, until we got back to the usa

Leroy

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
I wanna hear hamburgers sizzle on the open griddle night and day
I wanna see a juke-box jump with records in the usa

I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa, it's true
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where we're needed, here in the usa

One more time

I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where we need us, here in the usa

New York University

Lyrics

Are you ready?
Are you ready to go?
Are you ready?
Well I'm ready too and we won't be slow
Gonna rock and roll
Gonna ???
Gonna ???
That's what I did

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
You know we just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from overseas to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
And Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me at back home in Boston Massastu-sus

Did I miss the skyscrapers, and the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
Yes I did
Well you can bet your life I did, till I got back to the usa

(Leroy tell em tell em)

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I wanna see a juke-box jump with records in the usa

I'm so glad I'm livin in the usa
I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

[One more, one more]

I'm so glad I'm livin in the usa
Now I'm so glad I'm livin in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

Pinkpop

Lyrics

(now it's time for back in the usa)

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
because We just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from over the seas to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
and Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
not to mention being back home in Boston Massatus

Did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
well You can bet your life I did, until I got back in the usa

I'll take any little drive-in, I'll take any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I want to hear the juke-box jump with records in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
well I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
because anything you want is there right back in the usa

I'll take any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
Oh I hear a juke-box jumping with records in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm glad I'm in the usa
yeah man I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

I said, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
well I said I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

Live In Bristol 1978

Lyrics

[Also, another brief request
???
You don't smoke, I'll be able to sing longer
So why don't you do that?
??? Diplomacy ??? appreciate

Now we're ???
Oh yeah
Back in the usa]

Are you ready?
Well are you ready to go?
We're going to rock and roll now and it won't be slow
Because we rock this way in the usa

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
Well we just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from over the seas to the usa

Well New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
Well Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me back home in Boston Massatus

Well now did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
Well you can bet your life I did, till I got back in the
Alright Leroy let's go

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on the open griddle night and day
Where the juke-box jumping with records in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well now I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well here is where we're needed, here in the usa

Leroy

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on the open griddle night and day
I wanna hear the juke-box jumping with records in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well here is where they need us, here in the usa

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on the open griddle night and day
I wanna hear the juke-box jump with records in the usa

I'm singing, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I said, I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in

All right, one more time

I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

The Quiet Knight Club 1978 (first one)

Lyrics

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
Well we just touched down on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from overseas to the usa

Now New York, Los Angeles, you know how I yearned for you
And Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me back at home in Boston Massastu-sus

Now did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
Well you can bet your life I did till I got back to the usa

Go Leroy go

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
I wanna hear hamburgers sizzle on some open griddle night and day
I wanna see a juke-box jump with records in the usa

I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa, oh yeah
Well I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Well here is where we're needed, here in the usa

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
I wanna to hear hamburgers sizzle on that open griddle night and day
I wanna hear a juke-box jump with records in the usa

I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Well here is where we're needed, here in the usa

I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well now I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Cause here is where they need us, here in the usa

[Good it's only fair,
My guitar is too lovely to be hated,
You all ready for everything Modern Lovers?
Ok]

The Quiet Knight Club 1978 (second one)

Lyrics

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
Well we touched ground on the international runway
Jet propelled back home from overseas to the usa

And New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
And Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me back home in Boston Massastu-sus

Did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
Now you can bet your life I did, till I got back to the usa

??? For the drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
I wanna see a juke-box jump with records in the usa

I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa, oh yea
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well anything you want, we got it right back in the usa

Now I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I said, I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Cause here's where they need us, here in the usa

The International House

Lyrics

Well are you ready?
Well are you ready to go?
We're going to rock and roll now and it won't be slow
Because we rock this way in the usa

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
Because we just touched ground on an international runway
Oh jet propelled back home, from overseas to the usa

Well New York, Los Angeles, you know that I yearned for you
Well now Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Not to mention me back home in Boston Massatus-us

Well now did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
You can bet your life I did, till I got back in the usa

Well now, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
Well now I'm so glad I'm brought up in the usa
Cause everything you want is right back in the usa

A hot little drive-in, any little corner cafe
I wanna see a hamburger sizzle on the open griddle night and day
All right
I want to hear the juke-box jump with records in the usa

I said, I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Well now I'm so glad I was brought up in the usa
Cause here is where I'm needed, right back in the usa

Well, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa
I say I'm so glad I'm livin in the usa
Cause here is where I'm needed, right back in the usa

Mezzago

Lyrics

[All right,
What the hell
You know back in the usa,
I know
A, 1, and 2, and a 1, 2, 3]

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
Well we just touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from overseas to the usa

New York, Los Angeles, oh how I yearned for you
Detroit, Chicago, and Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
I long to be back at home in Boston Massastus

Well did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of the Delaware Bay
We you can bet your life I did, till I got back to the usa

I'm so glad I'm living in the usa
Well I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa, [???]
Well everything you want, we got right back in the usa

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open griddle night and day
Juke-box jump with records in
Modern lovers lets tell them what country we come from

I'm so glad I'm living in the usa
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa,
Well anything you want,
[One more guitar]

Any little drive-in, any little corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on the open griddle night and day
Well it aint' so bad to be back in the usa

I'm so glad I'm living in the usa
I'm so glad I'm livin' in the usa,
Cause anything you want we got it right back in the usa

Original Version

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Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
We touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from over the seas to the U S A

New York, Los Angeles, oh, how I yearned for you
Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Let alone just to be at my home back in ol' St Lou


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Did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of Delaware Bay
You can bet your life I did, till I got back to the U S A

Looking hard for a drive-in, searching for a corner caf?
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day
Yeah, and a juke-box jumping with records like in the USA

Well, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the USA
Yes I'm so glad I'm livin' in the USA
Anything you want, we got right here in the USA

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