Rock 'n' Roll Dreams'll Come Through (featuring Barry Dworkin)

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Originally performed by The Gas Station Dogs' vocalist Barry Dworkin on The Best Show.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists version released as the Chunklet Magazine issue 20 bonus 7" in 2008.

lyrics

RODDY’S DADDY DENNY
SAVED EVERY PENNY
TO BUY A GUITAR FOR ROD

THREE JOBS A DAY
HE TOOK ALL HIS PAY
& WENT DOWN TO DAWN’S PAWN SHOP

DAWN SAID “DENNY,
IF YOU BUY THIS GUITAR,
YOUR SON WILL BE A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL STAR”

RODDY TRIED HIS BEST,
HE COULDN’T PASS THE TEST
BUT HE KNEW THAT HE WOULD SOMEDAY

RODDY’S BABY BETTY,
SHE’S GOT A BABY,
THAT SHE HAD WITH ROD’S FRIEND ROG

SUCKIN’ ON A JELLY
DONUT AT THE DELI,
BETTY’S BABY CRIES FOR ROD

DENNY CALLED BETTY,
SAID, “BETTER GET READY
TO STAY AWAY FROM MY SON”

BETTY SAID, “DENNY,
ROG AND I ARE FINISHED
AND ROD IS MY #1”

BETTY’S DAD KENNY
TALKED TO BETTY’S MOM JENNY
AND SAID, “WHAT CAN WE DO?”


BETTY’S DADDY KENNY
HE CALLED BACK DENNY
AND SAID, “BETTY AND ROD ARE TRUE”

[pre-chorus]

BETTY TOO KNOWS THAT IT’S TRUE
THAT IT’S GONNA COME TRUE
THAT ROCK ‘N’ DREAMS’LL COME THROUGH
THAT IT WILL BE TRUE
THAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DREAMS’LL COME THROUGH

[chorus]

LISTEN EVERYBODY,
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DREAMS’LL COME THROUGH

THE MUSIC IS THE MASTER,
CAN’T YOU HEAR IT CALLING YOU?

THE ROCK WILL BATHE YOU,
THE ROLL COULD SAVE YOU,
IF YOU’RE ONE OF THE CHOSEN FEW

THEN THE DREAM COMES TRUE
THAT ROCK ‘N ROLL DREAMS’LL COME THROUGH

[re-intro]


RODDY’S BROTHER BUDDY,
HE’S GOT A BUDDY
WHO WORKS AT THE FIVE AND DIME

WHOSE UNCLE RON RUNS A RECORDING STUDIO

RODDY SHOWS UP
WITH A 6-STRING FRIEND
AND A HEADFUL OF TUNES

LAID DOWN SOME TRACKS
AND THE TAPE BURNED WITH ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FIRE

RON TOOK THE TAPE
TO RADIO ROB,
THE BIGGEST DEEJAY IN THE LAND

ROB TOLD RON THAT IT ROCKS,
RON TOLD ROB, “GET IN ON THE AIR!”

RECORD STORE BEN SAID,
“I’LL TAKE TEN,
NO, FIFTY-FIVE 45’s”

THE VERY NEXT DAY,
THE SONG HIT THE CHARTS,
STRAIGHT IN AT NUMBER ONE

IT TOOK A LOT OF WORK,
BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS
AND RODDY’S NOW A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL STAR

HE’LL BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL YOU THAT
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DREAMS’LL COME THROUGH


[double chorus]

LISTEN EVERYBODY,
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DREAMS’LL COME THROUGH

THE MUSIC IS THE MASTER,
CAN’T YOU HEAR IT CALLING YOU?

THE ROCK WILL BATHE YOU,
THE ROLL COULD SAVE YOU,
IF YOU’RE ONE OF THE CHOSEN FEW

THEN THE DREAM COMES TRUE
THAT ROCK ‘N ROLL DREAMS’LL COME THROUGH

credits

from Nothing But The Best: The Very Best of Theme Weavers LLC, released November 8, 2016
Barry Dworkin (Jon Wurster) - lead vocals, percussion, hand claps
Ward Abronski (Polkacide/Flipper) - baritone sax
Ajax, Anthony, and Alison - backing vox

Music and lyrics by Ted Leo, Jon Wurster, Tom Scharpling, Phil Morrison

Barry Dworkin photo by Mindy Tucker

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