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Song title: You can't sit down

(Clark, Upchurch, Muldrow)) by Phil Upchurch Combo (Boyd 3398), 1961

You can't sit down

Hey pretty baby! (you can't sit down)
A don't you hear the drummer thumpin' (you can't sit down)
You gotta shake it like a crazy (you can't sit down)
Because the band is sayin' something (you can't sit down)
And everybody is a jumpin'(you can't sit down)
You gotta slop, bop, flip flop, hip hop
Never stop
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down

Chorus: You gotta move, move, move, a round and round (1)
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)
You gotta fly, fly, fly, way off the ground
You're puttin down, a crazy, shout
No, no, you can't sit down, no, no, you can't sit down

When you're on South Street (you can't sit down)
And the band is really bootin' (you can't sit down)
You hear the hip beat with the back beat (you can't sit down)
And you see the gang a groovin' (you can't sit down)
You gotta get your bottom movin' (you can't sit down)
You gotta make it, break it, shake it all around
You can't sit down, you can't sit down

(chorus)
Get in there honey!

You can't sit down, you can't sit down, you can't sit down
You can't sit down, you can't sit down, you can't sit down
You can't sit down, you can't sit down, you movin' em down,
A crazy shout, you can't sit down

A, yea, yea, yea, hey pretty baby
You know you really dance so fine now
You're really shakin' like a crazy
A don't you down lead the line now
We're gonna do it one more time now
You got to make it, break it, shake it,all around
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)

Repeat (x3)

(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)
You gotta move, move, move, a round and round
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)
You gotta fly, fly, fly, way off the ground.........…

Notes: Often used in the encores form 1976 to 1978. Added to the Detroit Medley in The River tour.


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 23/11/1975 Rai, Amsterdam ,Netherlands
Last known live performance: 02/09/2012 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia,PA ,USA

Song 'history':


Bruce inserted it 15 times in the setlists of the Born to Run tour
Not much used during the Darkness tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
One only performance 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 (20/02/1982 Big Man's West, Red Bank,NJ ,USA)
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.
One only rendering for this song in the Magic tour (15/08/2008 Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville,FL ,USA)
Just 3 shots during the Working on a Dream tour
Published in live version in the 3rd DVD: House Cut 'Houston '78 of 'The Promise'
One only performance during the Wrecking Ball tour (02/09/2012 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia,PA ,USA)

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