"Rhythm & Blues Alibi" as written by and Thomas William/peacock Gray....
You can write your tunes with rhythm and blues as your alibi
You can sell your soul and lay the blame all on the passers-by
You shake your body on the TV screen
It seems to me, you'd try anything twice

And swing it out and use it as your aphrodisiac
You can give it to me, to me
Plain to see that I'll give it you back
You let it flow, let it go, there's nothing to it

Anyone can try anything twice, try anything twice
Chasing after stories that have already been told
Could not look old Son House in the eyes
I know where you carry such a fragile load

But I've got yours, and you've got mine
It's a rhythm and blues alibi
La la la la la la la la la la laaa..
You can take a trip through your juke joint smoke-filled paradise

You can give it your all, 'cause you are walking a fine, fine line, la
You shake your booty on the TV screen
Seems to me, you'd try anything twice
You'd try anything twice

Well let me hear you now..
Chasing after stories that have already been told
Could not look old Son House in the eyes
I know where you carry such a fragile load

And I've got yours, you've got mine
It's a rhythm and blues alibi
La la la la la (to end)


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"Rhythm & Blues Alibi" as written by Ian Thomas Ball Ben Ottewell

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    General Commenti love this song...easy to play and sing also. yay for gomez
    ibelieveon June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthow good is this song? 'ibelive' you're right too, the simplistic nature of the song makes it all the more brilliant.... but, does anyone actually know what this song means?
    podson October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's about throwing caution to the wind, saying to hell with it and doing whatever the hell you want. Don't just do something once, that's pathetic, do it twice for christ's sake, it's good. Nothing matters in the world, yo uhave music, you have the rhythm, you have the blues. Go nuts in the world, can be supported by music.
    Eskimo_8on May 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a lament on rubbish modern R'n'b tunes sullying the name of Rhythm & Blues - hence "You can write your tunes with Rhythm & Blues as your alibi" and "You shake your body on the TV screen"...'
    pharm phaceon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIs the lyric not "You can take a trip through your TWO joint smoke filled paradise"? What is a Juke Joint? I want one...
    jrh517on February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely Juke Joint. And it's shake your booty not body.
    And also "couldn't I look old Son House in the eye"
    I kinda agree with pharm_phace but maybe it's also about re-using ideas - we're always re-inventing stuff
    xiferon April 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think everyone is missing the point, badly. it is about constantly doing the same thing, never introducing anything new and creative. this is suggested by "anyone can try anything twice, try anything twice/ chasing after stories that have already been told". contemporary r'n'b does just this. the artists shake their booty on tv screens, they re-use material ("try anything twice") and all of the songs in the entire genre sound almost identical. r'n'b is not creative anymore (as it once used to be) and the lyrics also imply that the 'rhythm and blues alibi' is a legit excuse to sell-out sexually to the masses. "son house" used to be a legendary and very influential delta blues guitarist and i cannot pin-point what gomez mean when they mention his name. perhaps it is a critique on how r'n'b cannot even hope to remotely come close to son house's purity and rawness of emotion in his music, because r'n'b is now so full of flash and empty gratification ("could not look old son house in the eyes").
    sinprelicon August 15, 2010   Link

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