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Everybody stomp your feet to The Bourgeois Boogie


The JABBERWALRUS project is, first and foremost, an 19-track love song to The Beatles, as it was bound to be when guitarist Tom Briant and I began working songs, several of which are co-written with one another, for the project. After all, The Beatles was the first rock band whose music I fell in love with, at age six; and George Harrison guitar playing has more heavily influenced Tom’s sonic aesthetic than any other guitarist.

We knew that that upcoming album should include at least one “Lady Madonna” styled piano shuffle. And when I first wrote the song, that’s how the piano sounded: a very simple bass line walking up and down around some slightly bluesy chords shuffling their way about the treble clef. (Adam’s piano playing and Paul’s drumming ultimately gave it much more of a New Orleans street jazz skiffle sound, but that’s part of what sets it apart from its original point of departure.)

Once I began considering lyrics, I gave it the working title “Bourgeois Boogie” simply because it seemed ridiculous to be having so many suburban white boys working on a musical style that so clearly owed its original pedigree to a localized (elsewhere) fusion of African American and French Cajun sensibilities, thus poking fun at our own possibly misguided ambitions while also enjoying a little wordplay in the alliterative sounds of the title. But the working title managed to serve as a source of inspiration for the lyrics as well, and before you knew it, we had a pretty eviscerating diatribe against conspicuous consumerism.

LYRICS TO THE BOURGEOIS BOOGIE

Everybody stomp your feet to the bourgeois boogie

Extend your line of credit for the imitation gold-leaf Louis Quatorze chair

Pony up your mortgage for some new wheels; it’s your duty

Just disregard the future: Throw your hands up in the air

Like you don’t care

You’re not all there, but you got your share

Brother, I got mine, but you don’t look so fine

But I ain’t gonna mind; I’ll pretend (not to know)

For whom the bell tolls while I’m rolling in my rolls

I can’t imagine a day when this could ever end

You’re not all there, but you got your share

And you don’t care where it comes from

Everybody stomp your feet to the bourgeois boogie

Adopt an unexamined moral stance that you can blindly impose

On everybody else to obtain your bag of booty

And never have to wonder if your grubbing paws are crushing some toes

Like you don’t care

You’re not all there, but you got your share

And you don’t care where it comes from

Here’s the church & here’s the steeple, A wolf to tend the flocks of sheep all

Busy baah-baah-buying up new things to possess

Every shiny object is to amass and collect

Don’t you worry that the wolf’s got your address

You’re not all there, but you got your share

And you don’t care where it comes from

Everybody stomp your feet to the bourgeois boogie

Don’t let your lack of contribution interfere with all your rampant consumption

Embrace the mediocre and the mundane, it’s your duty

To justify your avarice and intellectual vacuum

Like you don’t care

You’re not all there, but you got your share

And you don’t care where it will end

LINKS TO STREAM THE BOURGEOIS BOOGIE

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Playlist for The Bourgeois Boogie on YouTube and Spotify

The Random Hubiak Band: The Bourgeois Boogie

The Beatles: Get Back

Little Richard: Tutti Frutti

Jerry Lee Lewis: Great Balls of Fire

Dave Edmunds: Bail You Out

Mott the Hoople: All The Way to Memphis

Guided By Voices: Cheyenne

Cold Weather Company: Fellow in the North

Kirsty MacColl: I’m Going out with an Eighty Year Old Millionaire

Little Richard: Great Gosh A’mighty

Joni Mitchell: You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care)

The Beatles: Back isn’t he USSR

RINGO Starr: It Don’t Come Easy

Matt Cook: Compassion for the Common Man

Little Richard: Good Golly Miss Molly

Elton John: Hercules

Nick Lowe: Shake and Pop

Suzy Quatro: I’ve Never Been in Love

Dave Edmunds: I Knew the Bride

Mott the Hoople: Roll Away the Stone

Elton John: Honky Cat

Billy Joel: Stiletto

Bee Gees: Boogie Child

RINGO Starr: A Dose of Rock and Roll

Bob Seger: Old Time Rock and Roll

Joan Jett: Bad Reputation

Suzy Quatro: She’s in Love With You

Jerry Lee Lewis: Whole Lotta Shakin’

Little Richard: Long Tall Sally

Elton John: Crocodile Rock

Ben Folds Five: Jackson Cannery

Joni Mitchell: The Arrangement

Mott the Hoople: The Golden Age of Rock and Roll

Kim Carnes: The Arrangement

Emmitt Rhodes: With My Face on the Floor

The Clash: All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts)

Elton John: Stinker

World Party: Thank You World

The Pretty Things: Cries from the Midnight Circus

Nick Lowe: Cracking Up

Dave Edmunds: Sweet Little Rock & Roller

Marc Cohn: 29 Ways

Easybeats: She’s so Fine

The Pretty Things: Baron Saturday

Suzy Quatro: Mama’s Boy

Harry Nilsson: One

The Beatles: Lady Madonna