Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re An American Band”

“We’re an American Band,” by Grand Funk Railroad, from the album of the same name, 1973.

The album originally came in this bright gold color and it had exactly this inscription on it. From 46 years ago. I’m telling you. They made some really great music in the early 1970’s. If you can’t rock along to this song, I dunno. I think there’s something wrong with you, man, sorry.

Here’s the lyrics. Not exactly the finest intellectual achievement, but so what? What are they singing about here? What they are singing about here is what life is really all about, dammit. Screw everything else! This is life, and literally nothing else is important, dammit!

“Connie” is a legendary rock and roll groupie. I forget her real name. I think she wrote an autobiography. And as a matter of fact, she was indeed out of Little Rock, Arkansas if I am not mistaken. She was truly a legend.

I never had any idea what the lyrics to this song actually were until I copied them into this post. Goes to show you that lyrics don’t even really matter in great rock and roll. Who cares what the words mean! That’s not what it’s all about. It’s about the rhythm, man, the beat, dammit. That animal energy. That’s the cake. The lyrics are just some bullshit decoration you spray on the cake after you already made it. You dig?

Out on the road for forty days
Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze
Sweet, sweet Connie, doin’ her act
She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact
Up all night with Freddie King
I got to tell you, poker’s his thing
Booze and ladies, keep me right
As long as we can make it to the show tonight

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

Four young chiquitas in Omaha
Waitin’ for the band to return from the show
Feelin’ good, feelin’ right, it’s Saturday night
The hotel detective, he was outta sight
Now these fine ladies, they had a plan
They was out to meet the boys in the band
They said, “Come on dudes, let’s get it on”
And we proceeded to tear that hotel down

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band, wooo
We’re an American band, wooo
We’re an American band, wooo

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