Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band 1973

Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band 1973




Video for the song "We're An American Band" taken during the pivotal recording sessions for the self-titled album.


"We're an American Band" (from the album of the same name) became Grand Funk Railroad's first No. 1 single released July 2, 1973. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened Grand Funk's appeal. It was sung by drummer Don Brewer who began doing more lead vocals for the band and helped with their transition to making top 40 hits.


Brewer's lyrics are somewhat autobiographical, detailing the band's recent tour and their energetic live performances. In the song, Brewer mentions playing poker with blues great Freddie King, traveling through Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as stopping to party with four groupies who snuck into their hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. The lyrics also mention "sweet sweet Connie", in reference to the legendary Arkansas groupie Connie Hamzy.




Lyrics


Out on the road for forty days

Last night in Little Rock, put me in a haze

Sweet, sweet Connie was doin' her act

She had the whole show and that's a natural fact


Up all night with Freddie King

I got to tell you, poker's his thing

Booze and ladies, keep me right

As long as we can make it to the show tonight


We're an American band

We're an American band

We're comin' to your town

We'll help you party it down

We're an American band


Four young chiquitas in Omaha

Waitin' for the band to return from the show

A feelin' good, feelin' right and it's Saturday night

The hotel detective, he was outta sight


Now these fine ladies, they had a plan

They was out to meet the boys in the band

They said, "Come on dudes, let's get it on!"

And we proceeded to tear that hotel down


We're an American band

We're an American band

We're comin' to your town

We'll help you party it down

We're an American band (x4)


We're an American band (whooo)

We're an American band (whooo)

We're an American band (whooo)


Songwriters: Don Brewer

We're An American Band lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management



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