Monday, February 1, 2010

Robert Earl Keen - The Man Behind the Drums

"We left New York City, with nuthin' but a song,
she'll be coming' 'round the mountain when she comes.
We wound up in Woodstock, at an old time jamboree,
came to see the man behind the drums.

Levon digs the doghouse, playing in The Band,
when he locks in to that backbeat it ain't hard to understand.
Get your body movin', celebrate your soul,
Levon digs the doghouse, that's sho-nuff rock and roll.

Son of a plain dirt farmer, from southeast Arkansas,
he was born in a bare ramblin' shoe.
Up and down the highway, and all around the world,
laying down the rhythm and the blues.

We were hangin' from the rafters, singing every song,
that big barn band was hot as it could be.
Up there in the spotlight, the man behind the drums,
was takin' all the load off for you and me.

Yea, Levon digs the doghouse, that's sho-nuff rock and roll."

The "Levon" mentioned in the lyrics is, of course, Levon Helm of The Band, singer of such classics as The Weight, and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

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