Daily Archives: May 10, 2012

Radio VIII, side A, track 4: “Rave On” by John COUGAR Mellencamp

Oh, John COUGAR Mellencamp, here’s a confession:  I’ve never watched “Cocktail”.  I actually have it in my DVR right now because it just happened to come on and I thought it was about time.  I mean, some of my favorite songs of my youth were from the soundtrack, and it really was a great soundtrack, including this little gem.  I love the Buddy Holly version, but leave it to you, John COUGAR Mellencamp, to take the rock and roll and then add a zydeco beat.  You’re one of the few musicians who can remake a beloved rock and roll tune, adapt it to your own sensibilities, and still retain the great feelings of the original while making it all your own at the same time.  Every time I hear it I picture you sitting on the porch of some ramshackle hovel out in the middle of the bayou, lazily strumming your guitar, your immediate family scattered around in rocking chairs, and you start singing, just playing around with the tune and then out jumps your cousin on accordion and suddenly everybody’s out in the yard dancing, including the dogs and gators.  Add a couple glow sticks and you’ve got yourself a good old-fashioned rave.  Add some ecstasy, and someone’s getting eaten when he tries to make out with one of the gators.

“Rave On”

Well, everybody’s talkin’, sayin’ you make me rave on

Even my old grandma sayin’ you make me rave on

I don’t wanna hide it, baby

Proud to rave on

Well, I guess God made ya for me
Just so I can rave on

Well, little things you say an’ do
Make me wanna be with you, I say
Rave on, ‘s a crazy feelin’, an’a
I know it’s got me reelin’ when you say

“I love you”

Well, the way you dance and ya hold me tight
The way you kiss and tell me good-night, I say
Rave on, it’s a crazy feelin’, an’a
I know
It’s got me reelin’ when you say
“I love you”, rave on, rave on

Rave on, it’s a crazy feelin’, an’a
I know
It’s got me reelin’
An’ I’m so glad that you’re revealin’ your love to me
An’ I say
Rave on
On an’ tell me
Tell me that I could never be lonely
Tell me that you love me only, rave on, rave on, rave on

<awesome John COUGAR Mellencamp jam>

Well, I said
Rave on, it’s a crazy feelin’, an’a
I know
It’s got me reelin’, and I’m so glad
That you’re revealin’ your
Love to me
An’ I said
Rave on
On an’ tell me
Tell me that I could never be lonely
Tell me that you love me only, rave on, rave on, rave on

An’ I say
Rave on
On an’ tell me
Tell me that I could never be lonely
Tell me that you love me only, rave on, rave on, rave on!

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