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Rock Lyrics Vol. 15 – Life’s Been Good

Continuing on with the Rock Star Life series of rock lyrics posts, here is an iconic tune from 1978 that fairly drips with sarcasm about the behavior and lifestyle of many rock stars – Life’s Been Good by Mr. Guitar Riff himself, Joe Walsh.

My favourite piece of lyric is this:

It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed

Walsh pokes fun at the rock star lifestyle of wealth and fame, the spoiled mentality – how it’s not him that’s changed, but everyone else. We all probably have those same thoughts on occasion.

I had a large number of videos to choose from for this post .. as you could imagine .. and I think I chose the best one. Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good – Featuring Daryl Hall – Live From Daryl’s House. If you have ever watched any of the Live From Daryl’s House shows, you know how good they are. This one does not disappoint. Enjoy!

LIFE’S BEEN GOOD

Joe Walsh

I have a mansion, forget the price
Ain’t never been there, they tell me it’s nice
I live in hotels, tear out the walls
I have accountants pay for it all

They say I’m crazy but I have a good time
I’m just looking for clues at the scene of the crime
Life’s been good to me so far

My Maserati does one-eighty-five
I lost my license, now I don’t drive
I have a limo, ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I’m attacked

I make hit records, my fans they can’t wait
They write me letters, tell me I’m great
So I got me an office, gold records on the wall
Just leave a message, maybe I’ll call

Lucky I’m sane after all I’ve been through
(Everybody say I’m cool) (He’s cool)
I can’t complain but sometimes I still do
Life’s been good to me so far

I go to parties, sometimes until four
It’s hard to leave when you can’t find the door
It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed

They say I’m lazy but it takes all my time
(Everybody say oh, yeah) (Oh, yeah)
I keep on going, guess I’ll never know why
Life’s been good to me so far
Yeah, yeah, yeah

 

Live Long and Prosper

Rock Lyrics Vol. 6 – Rock Star Life

I’m starting off the Rock Star Life lyric series with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show performing Cover Of The Rolling Stone.

This song is a straight up satire about the rock ‘n roll lifestyle, and they don’t pull any punches. Even though they did rip into Rolling Stone magazine with this satire, they made the cover on March 29th 1973, three months after the release of the tune. Who says satire doesn’t pay!

They had a lot of fun with this song during their many live performances, to the point where I can’t find a suitable live video to display simply because they are cutting up so badly on stage. So I’m using the studio version that has all the original wording to match the printed lyrics. A bunch of characters, these guys!

COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

Ha, ha, ha, I don’t believe it
Da, da, ah, ooh, don’t touch me
Hey, Ray, hey, Sugar
Tell them who we are

Well, we’re big rock singers we’ve got golden fingers
And we’re loved everywhere we go
(That sounds like us)
We sing about beauty and we sing about truth
For ten-thousand dollars a show
(Right)

We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills
But the thrill we’ve never known
Is the thrill that’ll get ya when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

(Rolling Stone)
Wanna see my picture on the cover
(Stone)
Wanna buy five copies for my mother, yeah
(Stone)
Wanna see my smilin’ face
On the cover of the Rolling Stone
(That’s a very, very, good idea)

I got a freaky ole lady name a cocaine Katy
Who embroideries on my jeans
I got my poor old gray haired daddy
Drivin’ my limousine

Now, it’s all designed to blow our minds
But our minds won’t really be blown
Like the blow that’ll get ya when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

(Rolling Stone)
Wanna see our pictures on the cover
(Stone)
Wanna buy five copies for our mothers, yeah
(Stone)
Wanna see my smilin’ face
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

(Hey, I know how, rock and roll)
(Ah, that’s beautiful)

We got a lot of little teenage blue-eyed groupies
Who do anything we say
We got a genuine Indian Guru
Who’s teaching us a better way

We got all the friends that money can buy
So we never have to be alone
And we keep getting richer but we can’t get our picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

(Rolling Stone)
Wanna see my picture on the cover
(Stone)
Wanna buy five copies for my mother, I want one!
(Stone)
Wanna see my smilin’ face
On the cover of the Rolling Stone
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

(Man, I don’t know why we ain’t on the cover, baby)
(We’re beautiful fellas)
(I ain’t kiddin’, why, we would make a beautiful cove)r
(Fresh shot, right up front, man)
(I can see it now, we’ll be up on the front)
(Smilin’, man oh, beautiful!)

Live Long And Prosper!

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