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Ol' Time Rock N Roll

Updated on August 19, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Schoolin’ come hard for an ol’ boy like me

My little mind always was up another tree

Mama always said “do your best, you’ll go far”

But I just dreamed of music; wanted to be a star

I’d listen to songs and I’d twist and jiggle

Sneer my upper lip and let my lil’ butt wiggle

Music was just a runnin’ all through my veins

Playin’ in my ears and fryin’ into my brain

Grew up on Chuck Berry and ol’ Buddy Holly

It was jumpin’ and jivin’ rock n’rollin’ by golly

With a tune so strong it pulled you right off a seat

To dance a bop and swing to that rock-a-billy beat

Bill Haley & The Comets with Rock Around The Clock

To that Be Bop A Lu La and ol’ Jailhouse Rock

That jumpin’ rock-a-billy sound comin’ from the radio

Mostly it was fast but sometimes it was slow

Elvis come along with some moves that were regal

Grandma said what he was a doin’ had to be illegal

He was on Ed Sullivan’s Show dancin’ just like a pup

But the camera only caught his act from his waist up

Rock n’ Roll caught fire like gasoline to a flame

Ripped across this land like a runaway freight train

Lil’ Richard, Eddie Cochran, Richie Valens, Big Bopper

The world was going crazy and no one could stop her

Fats Domino sang hello to old girlfriend Josephine

Johnny Cash sang all about his little Teenage Queen

Jerry Lee Lewis rocked n’ rolled his old piano on fire

Orbison sang about “Pretty Woman” his heart’s desire

The jukebox was jumpin’; the dance floor was the spot

Rolled up blue jeans, white socks; ducktails were hot

The girls in their pink poodle skirts; black n’ white shoes

Elvis sneered his lip and the jukebox moaned the blues

Dick Clark, American Bandstand; kids from Philly jive

On television in bright black and white coming to ya live

All the latest dances could be seen there on that stage

The kids were cool, the joint was hot; rock n’ roll the rage

Then along came The Beatles and the British Invasion

Along with Tommy James and Crystal Blue Persuasion

The music was changing fast from Pop, R&B to Soul

But it mattered not for in the end it was all rock n’ roll!

Boomer generation lapped it up like a cotton candy treat

Music was in our hearts, our souls, our hands and our feet

Rock n’ Roll was our drug; the music burned in our soul

Spanning all the years as we watched our lives unfold

And now we Boomers are all grandparents facing retirement

We looked up one day and wondered where time had went

But even with the changes; the fact that we are getting old

We still love to get on the floor and dance to rock n’ roll

And I’m still around although I’m not a quite a star

I am still quite pleased and happy with what I are

And the music is still dear to my heart and my soul

And I still love to dance to some good ol’ rock n roll

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @DFiduccia...Thank you! I had fun putting this one together. WB

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      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great poem. It brings back a lot of memories. I also knew the music business.


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...I guess I are who I are! LOL! Thanks for the good words! WB

      @Harvey Steman...Damn, Harv...You kinda got that Jersey rough side to ya, huh? No matter...I think you did the right thing in light of what they were trying to pull. You know the great thing, they can steal all the material things but you can still sing man and no one can take that away. I get to sing with a little band every now and then and it just gives me my 15 minutes of fame everytime that it one can steal that just like they can never take away your ability to write no matter how much material they take from you. I'll keep you in mind as an agent, Harv! LOL! WB

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      Harvey Stelman 

      7 years ago

      Wayne, I thought I was going to be a big star after being booked as the opening act for both Elton Jonn and Jethro Tull. I had an appointment with a record producer, that I flew 800 miles to see. There was one problem, when I got to his office the receptionist told me he had to go out of town.

      I demanded my tape be returned to me! The reply was simple; "I'm sorry sir, once we receive a tape it is our property." Being from the Bronx originally, I went back to my roots. The nice lady returned my tape to me, after I trashed their waiting room. Throwing wooden furniture against walls, and seeing it shatter must have been her turning point.

      The industry kept screwing me, buy I loved being on stage, annd seeing the smiles on peoples faces. There's a lot more, but this must be getting boring. One last thing. I wasn't a good guitarist, but man could I sing! H

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That was such feel good type music. Every time I hear some of these songs I can't help wanting to dance:)

      I'm happy you turned out to be who you ARE too WB - and LOL @ that line:)

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99...So glad you liked it...those were special times and special folks. WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fantastic hub. That is my childhood! I still love all those old singers and songs. Rated up and awesome!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Dim Flaxenwick...Glad it did. Thank you for those kind words! WB

      @Harvey Stelman...Something did happen around that time huh...I think we transited pyschedelia and then fell off the earth into heavy metal...Not my cup of tea either! WB

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      Harvey Stelman 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Wayne, I was a singer, and my heart breaks listening to all this crap that began in the late 70's. H

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      O boy.! That brought back some memories. Wonderful. If l can´t manage the dance floor now l still can´t stop my feet from tapping and my body moving.

      You did a great job of putting all this into poetry.

      Thank you.


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...Thank so much...that was an era the world will likely never seen again...I cannot imagine how! WB

      @epigramman...I most certainly will...and thank ya...thank ya very much! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago

      .....well in my humble opinion Mister Brown you are the king of Rock and Roll at Hubville - and I always love everything you write (no matter what direction you decide to take) and I have two homework assignments for you: please check out fellow hubber D TROTH - she wrote a great hub called John Wayne: A short but true story

      and #2. check out SLEEPY LA BEEF at you tube - you'll love his music, now that's good time old fashioned rock and roll and Happy Canada day from you Canadian neighbor

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Coming from across the ocean, I remember them all on the radio. Chubby Checker were my first dances twisting the evening away. Until those boys came, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones

      I never have a problem voting up for stories and poems.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Doc, you can head on up to the Carolinas and I'll bet the Frog Prince will teach ya that "Sand Bop" they call "The Shag". WB

      @MartieCoetser...I had an aunt a few years older than me (my mother's sister) who was always ready to dance. She danced my wheels off during those early years of rock. WB

      @The Frog Prince....Thanks much Frogman! I really appreciate all the button pushin'! WB

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Excellent and worthy of the 4 star rating I gave it.

      The Frog

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Rock Around The Clock is still one of my favourites. I love the hits of the sixties and seventies, and of course all the golden oldies of previous decades. Somehow most of the songs since the eighties missed my soul. The other day I’ve damaged my knee permanently because jolly rock-a-roll music just forced me to dance. When it comes to music I am a puppet on a string. Love this hub!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I loved those 50s dances, Wayne. Thanks for bringing the memories back with this neat poetry.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Woo, Ken....some of the best comments that I have had in a long, long time. Glad I could bring back some good positive memories of good times...such fun it was my friend. Those days will never come again and we are so priviledged to have lived in those times and witnessed it first-hand. WB

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      7 years ago

      Wayne you Dawg, man you got me up there jivin in my office remembering all those Ole time rock n roll tunes and to add this video, just had to make the moves of old.

      Every single line you wrote I felt it to my toes, I remember all those artists and had so many of their records on vinyl and carrying my portable record player and playing those records at friends houses and rock n rolling in their rooms while their parents blocked their ears:0)))) Man it was a blast, duck tails, bobby socks, blue jeans, cigarettes on the sly, packs stuck under my rolled up tee shirt to expose my muscles, so I thought to tease the girls.

      ha ha....I loved every word in this write, you did yourself proud and made us all get up and do the twist, jitterbug, stroll, watutsi, jive, slow waltz, those were the days...I am so happy to have grown up in the late fifties and sixties and into the seventies with the Invasion as you said and I got to see live the Beatles first visit to the Forum in Montreal, that was a blast. RATED WAY UP>>>can't find enough buttons here to push.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Thanks much, I tried to work most of them in where I could. I think Cruise's pants might be under a cushion on Oprah's sofa! LOL! WB

      @TimBryce...Ha! I changed a line in the verse just for you, Tim...sorry about overlooking Roy...he's one of my all time favorites. He's in there now! WB

      @breakfastpop...Good way to get the day started, huh? WB

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      7 years ago

      Love it Wayne. Great to start off my day. Up and awesome.

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      7 years ago

      And let us not forget Roy Orbison.

      Good write.

      All the Best,


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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Great tribute to many rock-n-rollers. There is such a positive beat -- in the music and in your poem. Can't help but smile and dance a little!! Love The Fonz -- Aaaaayyyyy!! The video music is good too, but where are Tom Criuse's pants?

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @bellawriter...I doubt I'll ever be invited to read poetry at the White House but that's okay...I can have fun with it! Thanks. WB

      @mckbirdkbs...Anything for rhyme, LOL! WB

      @dahoglund...Once things broke loose everyone had to hurry to catch up. The 50's to the 80's was one wild ride in rock n roll. Probably never see those days again. WB

      @Poohgranma....I thought this might just stir the pot. We seem to have a lot of folks in just the right age group who will enjoy this. WB

      @Jo_Goldsmith11...Wait until I get invited to read one at the White House...then you can take me serious! LOL! Thanks for those fine words. WB

      @Hypenbird...Glad you had fun with it...that's why I wrote it. WB

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Wazzzzup? What great memories you wrote into this. And in your perfect style. Just amazingly good and fun to read.

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      7 years ago

      EXCELLENT! I really liked this hub! I better watch out. huh? :-) (smile)

      Really cool. You are pretty clever to me. Take care.

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      7 years ago from On the edge

      What an enjoyable trip down memory lane. You did a fabulous job with this!!!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      You've captured the spirit of your generation. It took some of us who are a bit older to catch up to what was happening.

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Lots a fun. You even had to stand on your head for a couple of those rhymes.

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      WB, I loved the flow. You always have the best topics to write about. Each verse carried just perfect rhyme. rock n roll I gotta say I love it too.


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Just Ask Susan....Excellenta! So glad you enjoyed that little ditty! WB

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fantabulous! Just what I needed, thanks.


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