Friday 23 January 1998
by martin newell
Carl Perkins died this week. He wrote `Blue Suede Shoes' and many other classic rock songs. It was thought by some that had it not been for a car crash which he was involved in at a crucial time, his career might have rivalled that of Elvis Presley.
As the world woke up
On the seventh bar
To the slap-back voice
With a sharp guitar
And a hopped-up beat
They would hear the news
Of the smashed-up car
After `Blue Suede Shoes'
And the Perkins boy
Who was signed to Sun
In the country charts
With a number one
Watched the King go up
As he lay in bed
With the tv on
And his aching head
And if RCA.
Might have got it wrong
And if `Blue Suede Shoes'
Was a country song
How would rock and roll
Ever get so far
On the liquor drunk
From an old fruit jar?
With a decent ear
From the Fifties days
To the present year
Might have bet that he
Would have been the one
With the cat clothes on
He was Gone Gone Gone
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