(We're Gonna Have) A Real Good Time

from by Jon S. Patton

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Actually no. 12 in order of completion, but I wanted to hold onto it to post last, because it seemed like a good way to end the album.


The lyrics are era-appropriately simple; it's just a party song. Sam Cooke's my favorite singer, so it's modeled a bit after something he'd have done early on, but also after the songs produced by Gary U.S. Bonds (the most famous of which is probably "If You Wanna Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life"), which sounded like the best party you've ever been to.

The recording process on this one was notable for being such a breeze ... even the harmonies, which I usually struggle through, came out quickly.


Come on brother
let's go across the water
Go call your sister
Go tell your daughter
we're gonna have a real good time

I | vi7
get out your guitar
I | vi7
We'll break out the wine
I | vi7
Get out on the floor
I | V7
and have a real good time

Chorus (x4)
I | vi7 | ii7 | V7
We're gonna have a real good time

Don't tell me you're tired
Get those dancing shoes shined
We'll light that old fire
And have a real good time

Well tell all your aunts
I know they like to dance
And tell all your friends
Let's have a real good time


from The Howling Tongue of Each Other, released March 11, 2016




baltimericana Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimericana is a place for me (Jon Patton) to stash my solo projects and collaborations with friends. I'm a writer, musician, and (unfortunately) day job schlub from Baltimore and the founder of Baltimore-based folk rock band Midway Fair (midwayfair.org). Be sure to also check out Joe Scala (joescala.wordpress.com), who produced the Baltimericana EP. ... more

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