Tina Turner - Proud Mary - Live Wembley 2000





Ike & Tina Turner released "Proud Mary" on January 23, 1971 as the second single from their 1970 album Workin' Together.[33] Their rendition differs greatly from the structure of the original, but is also well-known and has become one of Tina Turner's most recognizable signature songs.


Ike wasn't keen on the original version, but the cover of "Proud Mary" by the Checkmates, Ltd. piqued his interest. Ike and Tina's version was substantially rearranged by Ike Turner and Soko Richardson.


The song started off with a slow, sultry soulful tone in which Tina introduced the song and warned the audience that she and the band were gonna start it off "nice and easy" as "we never do nothing nice and easy" but said they would finish it "nice and rough". After the lyrics are first sung softly by the Turners, the song is then turned into a funk rock vamp with Tina and the Ikettes delivering gospel-influenced vocals.







Lyrics


You know, every now and then

I think you might like to hear something from us

Nice and easy

But there's just one thing

You see we never ever do nothing

Nice, easy

We always do it nice and rough

So we're gonna take the beginning of this song

And do it easy

But then we're gonna do the finish rough

This is the way we do "Proud Mary"


And we're rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

Listen to the story


I left a good job in the city

Working for the man every night and day

And I never lost one minute of sleeping

I was worrying 'bout the way the things might've been


You know that big wheel keep on turning

Proud Mary keep on burning

And we're rolling, rolling, rolling yeah

Rolling on the river (the river)


Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis

Pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans

But I never saw the good side of the city

Until I hitched a ride on a riverboat queen


You know that big wheel keep on turning

Proud Mary keep on burning

And we're rolling, rolling, rolling yeah (rolling)

Rolling on the river


Say we're rolling (rolling) rolling yeah

Rolling on the river


The river


Oh I left a good job in the city

Working for the man every night and day

And I never lost one minute of sleeping

Worrying about the way the things might've been


Big wheel keep on turning

Proud Mary keep on burning

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river


Say we're rolling, rolling, rolling on the river


Oh I cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis

And I pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans

But I never saw the good side of the city

Until I hitched a ride on a riverboat queen


Big wheel keep on turning

Proud Mary keep on burning

And we're rolling, tell you rolling, we're rolling on the river

I tell you we're rolling, rolling, rolling on the river


If you come down to the river

I bet you gonna find some people who live

And you don't have to worry if you got no money

People on the river are happy to give


Big wheel keep on turning

Proud Mary keep on burning

And we're rolling, tell you rolling, we're rolling on the river

Tell you we have no time (rolling, rolling, rolling on the river)

(Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river)

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river)

Tell you we're rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

I tell you we're rolling, rolling, rolling on the river)




Songwriters: John Cameron Fogerty

Proud Mary lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company




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