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Song title: Sweet little sixteen

(Berry) by Chuck Berry (Chess 1683), 1958

Sweet little sixteen

They’re really rockin Boston
In Pittsburgh, P. A.
Deep in the heart of Texas
And ’round the Frisco Bay
All over St. Louis
Way down in New Orleans
All the Cats wanna dance with
Sweet Little Sixteen

Sweet Little Sixteen
She’s just got to have
About half a million
Framed autographs
Her wallet’s filled with pictures
She gets ’em one by one
She gets so excited
Watch her look at her run
Oh mommy mommy
Please may I go
It´s such a sight to see
Somebody steal the show
Oh daddy daddy
I beg of you
Whisper to mommy
It´s all right with you

Cause they’ll be rockin on bandstand
In Philadelphia P.A.
Deep in the heart of Texas
And ’round the Frisco Bay
All over St. Louis
Way Down in New Orleans
All the Cats wanna dance with
Sweet Little Sixteen

Sweet Little Sixteen
She’s got the grown up blues
Tight dress and lipstick
She’s sportin’ high heal shoes
Oh, but tomorrow morning
She’ll have to chang her trend
And be sweet sixteen
And back in class again

Cause they’ll be rockin on bandstand
In Philadelphia P.A.
Deep in the heart of Texas
And ´round the Frisco Bay
All over St. Louis Way Down in New Orleans
All the Cats wanna dance with
Sweet Little Sixteen

Notes: Bruce often played this song swapping some parts. (1, 5, 3, 4, 2, 6)


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This song has never been published on any official release.

First known live performance: 05/08/1978 Louisville Gardens, Louisville,KY ,USA
Last known live performance: 17/12/1989 Ventura Theatre, Ventura,CA ,USA

Song 'history':


During the Darkness tour, the song was played less than a dozen times
Played once in the whole River tour (01/11/1980 Sports Arena, Los Angeles,CA ,USA)
Scarcely used during the 1982-1984 period, during which Bruce played, with various small groups or guesting, in a number of bars and small clubs of the New Jersey area, with less than a dozen inclusions
Played during the '1987 bar tour', which is the name under which I group the 1987 shows Bruce played with various small bands, or guesting, in small NJ clubs.
In the Tunnel of Love tour, the song was only practiced (06/05/1988 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma,WA ,USA, during the soundcheck.) but never played in the regular set.
Played during the 'Summer '89 bar tour', which is the name under which I group the 1989 shows Bruce played with various small bands, or guesting, between March and September 1989

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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