Parties In The usa

Studio CD: I, Jonathan
Compilation: A Plea For Tenderness, Action Packed, I Must Be King
Radio Bootleg: Shoreline 1998 (2)
Live Bootleg: The Paradise, Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory 1999
I, Jonathan

Chords

[This one is just one long chant with the same chord pattern throughout: [D][G][A][G][Em] - I am not entirely sure about the Em cause it seems a weird chord for this key but the rest are right]

Lyrics

1-2-3-4
Hi everybody! I'm from the 60's,
The time of Louie Louie and little Latin Lupe Lou
And I know we can't have those times back again,
But we can have parties like there were then,
We need more parties in the usa,
We need more parties in the usa

Could there be block parties of which I don't know?
Maybe they're in neighborhoods where I don't go
Could there be all these parties down some little lane
With potato chips sitting there and guitar playing?
We need more parties in the usa

Well my friends were having a party 'round about 9:00,
Down in Huntington Beach when the police knocked,
Well, my friends were just quiet now
They were just drinking coffee and talking
When the Officer said someone called up complaining
Everybody kept walking
He Said

Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, He said
Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, And that's no good for

Parties in the usa,
That's no good for pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
No, no good for hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on

So people are staying home more, not having fun,
A cold cold era has begun, has begun,
Now things were bad before, there was lots of loneliness
But in 1965 things were not like this

When we had Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on,
Oh, Oh, Yeah, And pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
Shake it Shake it Shake it Lupe all right

Well could there be block parties of which I know not?
Wild beach parties around some open flame?
I know there's got to be parties, I bet there's a lot
But the USA has changed somehow that I can't name
He said

Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, He said
Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, And that's no good for

Parties in the usa,
No pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
Oh Yeah

People are moving to California who hate the beach and things,
I think they'd rather watch TV than hear a real person sing,
Of course nowadays at parties you got louder stereo equipment,
So now if the parties too loud it's like a radioactive shipment,
I say nowadays at parties for example you got louder stereo bass,
So now if the things too loud it's like a toxic clean up case
Well nowadays at parties well, they've got louder stereos right?
So now if it's too loud it's like a noxious chemical sight

Well Parties in the usa He said
Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, Oh Oh
Parties in the usa

But these friends of mine in Huntington Beach,
They weren't loud when the officers entered
Like and these officers, man, they weren't mellow,
I mean they were so un-centered They said

Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, That's no good for
Parties in the usa,
We need more pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou,
We need more Shake it shake it shake it Lupe
We need more Parties yeah, in the usa,
All right, Yeah, shake it up, shake it up, Oh

Shoreline 1998 (2)

Lyrics

[Hello everyone, how you doing?
That's plenty of volume on that guitar
A little more volume on the voice please
Less volume on the guitar please
Less volume on the guitar
I said less on the guitar
Less volume on the guitar
Thank you
And that's Tommy Larkins on the drums
Hello everyone back there]

Well maybe there's parties about which I don't know?
Maybe they just have them in neighborhoods where I never go
Maybe there's parties down some little lane
With potato chips sitting there and guitar playing?
We need more parties in the usa, well now
More … lupe lu, we've got to have more
Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
That's right

Well my friends were having a party 'round about 9:00,
Down in Huntington Beach when the police knocked,
Well, my friends they were just being quiet now
They were just drinking coffee and talking
When the police said someone has complained
Everybody kept walking

They said
Go Home, Go Home, Go Home,
They said
Go Home, Go Home

And that's no good for
Parties in the usa, well now
Pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
And it's no good for hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on

Parties in the usa,
Pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou

The Paradise

Lyrics

[Jonathan Richman here, Joseph Brock on the drums
I was brought up in the 50s more or less
That's right
I was brought up in the 60s around]

The time of Louie Louie and little Latin Lupe Lou
And I know we'll never have those times back again,
But we can have parties like there were then,
And I think we need more parties in the usa,
We need more parties in the usa

Now these friends of mine were having a party 'round about 9:00,
Down in Huntington Beach when the Police knocked,
Well, my friends were just being quiet now
They were just drinking coffee and talking
The police said somebody's complained
Everybody get walking

They said
Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, they said
Go Home, Go Home,
And that's no good for

Parties in the usa,
That's no good for pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
And no good for hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on

[That's right]

Could there be block parties about which I don't know?
Maybe they're in neighborhoods where I never go
Could there be lots of parties down some little lane
With potato chips sitting there and guitars playing?
We need more parties in the usa

Could there be block parties of which I know not?
Wild beach parties by an open flame?
I'm sure there's parties, I bet there's a lot
But the USA has changed in some way that I can't name

He said
Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, He said
Go Home,

And that's no good for
Parties in the usa,
That's no good for pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
And it doesn't help hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on

Yeah

So people are staying home, they're not having fun,
A cold cold era has begun, has begun,
Now things were bad before, lots of loneliness
But in 1965 things were not like this

When we had Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on,
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah
Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on,
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah

Well now
Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on,

Irving Plaza

Lyrics

Maybe there's parties about which I don't know
Maybe they're just in neighbourhoods where I never go
Maybe there's parties down some little lane
With potato chips and knickknacks and guitars playing
But we need more parties in the USA

Maybe there's parties about which I know not
While beating parties by some open flame
There must be parties somewhere, I bet there's a lot
But the USA's changed in a way that I can't name

People just stay at home not having as much fun
While the old Golden Era has begun, has begun
Things were bad before, yeah there was always loneliness
But before things weren't quite like this
We need more parties in the usa,
Well now, more
And there's got to be

Well my friends they were having a party around about 9 o'clock
Down in Huntington Beach in California when the police knocked
Well but my friends they were just being quiet now
They were just drinking coffee and talking
The police there 'look someone has complained
We want everyone to get walking'
???

They said go home, go home, go home
They said go home now

Yeah

Parties in the USA
Well now
And there's got to be more
Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on

The Knitting Factory 1999

Lyrics

All right

Maybe there's parties of which I don't know?
Maybe they just have them in neighborhoods where I never go
Maybe there's parties down some little lane
With potato chips sitting there and guitar playing?
But we need more parties in the usa

Maybe there's parties of which I know not?
Wild beach parties by some open flame?
There must be parties, somewhere ???
But the USA has changed ??? that I can't name

We need more parties in the usa
Pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
???
???

My friends were having a party 'round about 9:00,
Down in Huntington Beach [that's out in California]
When the Police knocked,
Well, my friends they were just being quiet now
They were just drinking coffee and talking
But the police said someone complained
Everybody kept walking

??? Just said "Pipe down" instead of complain

He Said
Go Home, Go Home, Go Home, He said Go Home

???
Parties in the usa
Pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
???

Parties in the usa
Pa-pa-pa-pa Lupe Lou
???

Oh no

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