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Play That Funky Music, Mooseboy

Play That Funky Music, Mooseboy

Released 2009


After rebuilding my music workstation (more power, more cowbell), I found myself getting a little sentimental. I looked back at lo these many years of moosenicity and loungeocity and went back to my roots for this little autobiographical ditty,  number 12 in release, but number 1 in my heart...

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Behind the Scenes

  • Opus number 12
  • Instruments played - Keyboard (Oboe)
  • Samples used - None
  • My daughter's instruments - Marimba, Oboe
  • While the lyrics are very different from the original, the meter and rhyme scheme are the same as the original
  • Autobiographical, this song chronicles the start of my musical career playing with The Tim Tew Four
  • It's true - drunk old ladies used to hit on me all the time. We even used to pretend to have a "guess the bass player's age" contest
  • This song features two of my cardinal rules as a musician
    • I ever meet the muthaf*cka wrote "Proud Mary", I'll kill 'em
    • I'll play Freebird for $50. But you gotta have $50
  • The "right"s (as in "Play that funky music right") are meant to be out of tune
  • Features Squeaky
Mooseboy's Lyrics
Original Lyrics
I was just a boy of 14…playin’ in a lounge act band
Drunk old ladies hitting on me…burnin’ up the Elk’s Club bandstand
You think Your Mama Don’t Dance (yeah) you don’t know the things that I know
That even though they’re older (really old)…they wanna groove and check out the show

Yeah, they were dancin’ and singin’ and movin’ to the groovin’
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted

Play the funky music Mooseboy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music Mooseboy
Lay down that boogie and play the funky music till you die..
(hey, hey) till you die…yeah, yeah

Can you play some Michael Jackson? (Yeah, right) we’ll play something else if you don’t mind
See that Long Train Runnin’ [watch it disappear]…as long as you can shake your behind
For years I kept on playin’…Whoa, takin’ home my fifty bucks pay (Yeah, what’d you do?)
I said, “I will play Freebird” [You wanna hear that?]…and then we’ll go right into Proud Mary

‘Cause we were dancin’ and singin’ and movin’ to the groovin’
And just when I felt cheap somebody turned around and shouted

Play that funky music Mooseboy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music Mooseboy
Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die…
Till I die?…(Yeah!)  Um, till I… die

(Play some electrified funky music!)

[Lemme tell ya] In time I learned to love it…better than a real day job
But it was getting late now…the Heart of Elkdom swells and it throbs
So let’s play After the Lovin’ (with the key change)…Pack up our stuff and call it a day
But I never lost that feelin’ (I can tell)…that lounge acts were my musical way

I want you dancin’ and singin’ and movin’ with my groovin’
And if you can dig it somebody shout aloud and tell me

Play that funky music Mooseboy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music Mooseboy
Lay down that boogie and play your funky music till you die…
(Till you die!)....you know, I’m not really comfortable with that part…(duly noted)
Yeah, once I was a boogie singer…playin' in a rock & roll band
I never had no problems, yeah…burnin' down the one night stands
And everything around me, yeah…got to start to feelin' so low
And I decided quickly [yes, I did]…to disco down and check out the show

Yeah, they were dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down that boogie and play that funky music till you die…
(hey,hey) till you die…yeah, yeah

Well, I tried to understand this…Yeah, huh, I thought that they were out of their minds
How could I be so foolish, [How could I]…tonight's the hours, the one behind
So still I kept on fightin'…Whoa, loosin' every step of the way (Yeah, what'd you do?)
I said, "I must go back there"[I got to go back]…and check to see if things still the same

Yeah, they were dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down that boogie and play that funky music till you die…
Till you die…(Yeah) Wow, till you die

(Come on…Play some electrified funky music)

[Hey, wait a minute] Now first it wasn't easy…changin' rock & roll and minds
And things were getting shaky…I thought I'd have to leave it behind
Oh, but now its so much better [It's so much better]…I'm funkin out in ev-er-y way
But-I'll never lose that feelin' [No I won't]…Of how I learned my lesson that day

When they were dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down that boogie and play that funky music till you die…
Till you die…oh, till you die


(They shouted, Play that funky music) Play that funky music
(Play that funky music) Got to keep on…Play that funky music
(Play that funky music) Pl--AY that funky music
(Play that funky music) Wanna take ya higha now…

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right, yeah

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right, yeah
 


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