The Loco-Motion

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About The Loco-Motion

"The Loco-Motion" is a 1962 pop song written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King. "The Loco-Motion" was originally written for Dee Dee Sharp, but Sharp turned the song down. The song is notable for appearing in the American Top 5 three times, each time in a different decade: in 1962 by the American pop singer Little Eva (U. S. No. 1); in 1974 by the American band Grand Funk Railroad (also U. S. No. 1); and finally in 1988 by the Australian singer Kylie Minogue (U. S. No. 3). The song is a popular and enduring example of the dance-song genre: much of the lyrics are devoted to a description of the dance itself, usually performed as a type of line dance. However, the song came before the dance. "The Loco-Motion" was also the second song to reach No. 1 by two different musical acts in America. The earlier song to do this was "Go Away Little Girl", also written by Goffin and King. It is one of only nine songs to achieve this feat. 


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Everybody's doin' a brand-new dance, now 
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) 
I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance now 
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) 
My little baby sister can do it with me,  
It's easier than learning your A, be, see's, 
So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me. 
You gotta swing your hips, now. Come on, baby. 
Jump up. Jump back. Well, now, I think you've got the knack. 

Now that you can do it, let's make a chain, now. 
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) 
A chug-a chug-a motion like a railroad train, now. 
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) 
Do it nice and easy, now, don't lose control: 
A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul. 
So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me. 

Move around the floor in a Loco-motion. 
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) 
Do it holding hands if you get the notion. 
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion) 
There's never been a dance that's so easy to do. 
It even makes you happy when you're feeling blue, 
So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me

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Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), known by the stage name of Little Eva (after a character from Uncle Tom's Cabin), was an American pop singer. more »

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Written by: Carole King, Gerry Goffin

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10 facts about this song

Songwriter Facts
"The Loco-Motion" was written by American songwriting duo Carole King and Gerry Goffin. King went on to become one of the most successful female songwriters of the 20th century.
Original Performance Facts
The song was initially recorded by American pop singer Little Eva. Released by Dimension Records in 1962, it reached No. 1 in the United States.
Lyrics & Composition Facts
The song is about a dance named "The Loco-Motion", which was entirely fictional at the time of writing. It later became a popular dance in the 1960s.
Cover Versions Facts
The song was covered by a number of artists and bands, including Dee Dee Sharp, Grand Funk Railroad and Kylie Minogue.
Dee Dee Sharp Facts
Dee Dee Sharp is an American R&B singer who recorded her version of "The Loco-Motion" in 1962 as a B-side to her hit song "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)".
Grand Funk Railroad Facts
American rock band Grand Funk Railroad covered the song in 1974. This version became a chart-topper in the U.S. and is one of Grand Funk Railroad's most known songs.
Kylie Minogue Facts
In 1988, Australian singer Kylie Minogue recorded a version of "The Loco-Motion" that became a big international hit. It reached No. 1 in Australia and reached the top five in the UK and U.S.
Little Eva Facts
"The Loco-Motion" was Little Eva's debut single, and it became her signature song. Little Eva was a babysitter for Carole King when she recorded the song.
Song Legacy Facts
"The Loco-Motion" has been listed 350th on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.
Cultural Impact Facts
"The Loco-Motion" also inspired a dance craze, further embedding its popularity into pop culture history. It continues to be a popular song for covers and appearances in movie soundtracks and television shows.

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