Look Out Cleveland

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"Look Out Cleveland" is the title of the Robbie Robertson-written song on The Band's self-titled album, also known as The Brown Album. The song begins with a boogie-woogie blues riff by pianist Richard Manuel followed by lead singer Rick Danko warning -- "Look out Cleveland, storm is coming through, And it’s runnin’ right up on you". However the Cleveland referenced in the song is not Cleveland, Ohio but likely Cleveland, Texas, a suburb of Houston which is also mentioned in the chorus -- "Look out, Houston, there’ll be thunder on the hill. ..". "Look Out Cleveland" differs from most of the songs on The Band's first two albums in that is more influenced by urban blues music than by rural music. According to music critic Nick DeRiso, Elton John's early song "Take Me to the Pilot" appears to be influenced by this song. 


Year:
1989
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Look Out Cleveland the storm is comin' through
And it's runnin' right up on you
Look out Houston, there'll be thunder on the hill
Bye-bye baby don't cha lie so still

Was Wedn'sday evenin' when first we heard the word
It did not come by train nor bird
T'was when Ben Pike stepped down to say
"This old town's gonna blow away"

Look Out Cleveland the storm is comin' through
And it's runnin' right up on you
Look out Houston, there'll be thunder on the hill
Bye-bye baby don't cha lie so still

Chain lightnin' frightnin' as it may seem
Must not be mistaken for just another dream
Justice of peace don't know his own fate
But he'll go down in the shelter late

Look Out Cleveland the storm is comin' through
And it's runnin' right up on you
Look out Houston, there'll be thunder on the hill
Bye-bye baby don't cha lie so still

Hidin' your money won't do no good (no good)
Build a big wall you know you would if you could yeah
When clouds of warnin' come into view
It'll get the ol' woman right outta her shoe

Look Out Cleveland the storm is comin' through
And it's runnin' right up on you
Look out Houston, there'll be thunder on the hill
Bye-bye baby don't cha lie so still

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The Band

The Band were a Canadian-American roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboard instruments, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, baritone saxophone, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins's backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963. more »

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Written by: Robbie Robertson

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