Sweet Gene Vincent

Ian Dury & the Blockheads

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Ian Dury & the Blockheads

The Blockheads are an English rock band formed in London in 1977. Originally fronted by lead singer Ian Dury as Ian Dury and the Blockheads or Ian and the Blockheads, the band has continued to perform since Dury's death in 2000. As of March 2023 members included Chaz Jankel (guitar and keyboards), Nathan King (bass), Mick Gallagher (keyboards and piano), John Turnbull (vocals and guitar), John Roberts (drums), and Mike Bennett (lead vocals). There is a rolling line-up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards, Dave Lewis, and from time to time, the original sax player, Davey Payne. Between 2000 and 2022, the band's lead vocalist and main lyricist was Derek Hussey. The band are best known for their hit singles, recorded with Dury, "What a Waste… more »


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Blue Gene baby
Skinny white sailor, 
The chances were slender
The beauties were brief
Shall I mourn your decline 
With some Thunderbird wine
And a black handkerchief? 
I miss your sad Virginia whisper
I miss the voice that called my heart

Sweet Gene Vincent
Young and old and gone
Sweet Gene Vincent

Who, who, who slapped John?
White face, black shirt
White socks, black shoes
Black hair, white Strat
Bled white, died black

Sweet Gene Vincent
Let the blue roll tonight
At the sock hop ball in the Union Hall
Where the bop is their delight

Here come duck-tailed Danny 
Dragging Uncanny Annie
She's the one with the flying feet
You can break the peace 
Daddy sickle grease
The beat is reet complete
And you jump back, honey 
In the dungerees
Tight sweater and a pony tail
Will you guess her age 
When she comes back stage?
The hoodlums bite their nails

Black gloves, white frost 
Black crepe, white lead 
White sheet, black knight 
Jet black, dead white 

Sweet Gene Vincent
There's one in every town
And the devil drives 
Till the hearse arrives
And you lay that pistol down

Sweet Gene Vincent
There's nowhere left to hide
With lazy skin and ash tray eyes
A perforated pride

So farewell mademoiselle, 
Knickerbocker Hotel
Farewell to money owed
But when your leg still hurts 
And you need more shirts
You got to get back on the road

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