John Silliman Dodge

Play the Guitar or Grow Up

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John Dodge
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

 

Mama, I wanna make the people jump and shout

Wanna rock ‘em, wanna sock ‘em, wanna 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

 

But 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!

 

But Mama, I got music rockin’ in my head

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

She said, God almighty, ain’t you been listenin’ to a word I’ve said?

 

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

Sorry son, you can do one or the other but you can’t do both