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​Live And Die Rock 'n' Roll

This song is by Ray Wylie Hubbard and appears on the album Snake Farm (2006).

Mama cried and daddy burned
When I told them what I learned
An old stones lick and a dirty groove
Let it bleed, you gotta move
Some of us are born to run, out on highway 61
The Clash, Ramones and MC5
Nobody gets out of here alive

It's live and die rock and roll
It ain't something you control
Stratocaster heart and high watt soul
It's live and die rock and roll

I heard Muddy Waters' "Hard Again"
So went down to the crossroads to see a friend
Broke out of jail turned 21
Workin' at the house of the rising sun
I met my girl on a dead end street
Some dirty deeds are done dirt cheep
With the earth below and heaven above
My girl gave it up to a whole lotta love

It's live and die rock and roll
It ain't something you control
Stratocaster heart and high watt soul
It's live and die rock and roll

Rock and roll is a black snake moan
Spit and sweat on the microphone
Blood leaks down my arm and hand
And the faith to believe in a band
You know it ain't November rain
Its J.J. Cale's "Cocaine"
Those old cosmic blues made Miles high
Hendrix set his strat on fire.

Miles, of course, is a reference to Miles Davis.

It's live and die rock and roll
It ain't something you control
Stratocaster heart and high watt soul
It's live and die rock and roll
It's live and die rock and roll
It's live and die rock and roll
It's live and die rock and roll
It's live and die rock and roll

Written by:

Cody Canada, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Seth James