Songs & Lyrics

Play the Guitar or Grow Up

02:30
John Dodge
2013
John Dodge

Lyrics

Mama, I wanna be a guitar player when I grow up

I said Mama, I wanna be a guitar player when I grow up 

She said, I’m sorry son, you can do one or the other

But you can’t do both

 

I said, Mama, I wanna make the people jump and shout

Wanna rock ‘em, wanna sock ‘em, show ‘em what it’s all about

She said, believe me honey, that’s the road to perdition

There ain’t no doubt

 

You can grow up a mighty good man

Or you can run around town with that thing in your hand

You wanna break your mama’s heart?

Keep playin’ that guitar out in the yard

 

Mama, I got the fever down deep in my soul

Mama, I got the fever down deep in my soul

She said, Lord have mercy, protect my baby

From that rock and roll 

 

You can grow up a mighty fine man

Or you can run around town with that thing in your hand

You wanna make your mama proud?

Turn down that guitar, it's too damn loud

 

You can play the guitar or grow up, but you can’t do both 

You can play the guitar or grow up…

 

I said Mama, I got the music rocking' in my head

Gonna make a million dollars and buy me one that's shiny red

She said God almighty, ain't you been listening to a word I said?

 

You can play the guitar or grow up, but you can’t do both 

You can play the guitar or grow up…

Sorry son, you can do one or the other

But you can't do both

 

 

 

 

(Instrumental break)

 

(BR-2) You can grow up a mighty fine man

If you just be careful what you do with your hands

You can play that guitar all night long

But all you’ll ever make is a dollar a song

 

V4. ButMama, I wanna be a guitar player when I grow up (x2)

She said Sonny Boy, you can do one or the other but you can’t do both

 

(CH) You can play the guitar or grow up, but you can’t do both (x2)