"In The Days Before Rock 'n' Roll" as written by and P. Durcan Van Morrison....
Justin, gentler than a man
I am down on my knees
At the wireless knobs
I am down on my knees
At those wireless knobs
Telefunken, Telefunken
And I'm searching for
Luxembourg, Luxembourg,
Athlone, Budapest, AFN,
Hilversum, Helvetia
In the days before rock 'n' roll

In the days before rock 'n' roll
In the days before rock 'n' roll

When we let, then we bet
On Lester Piggott when we met
We let the goldfish go

In the days before rock 'n' roll
Fats did not come in
Without those wireless knobs
Fats did not come in
Without those wireless knobs
Elvis did not come in
Without those wireless knobs
Nor Fats, nor Elvis
Nor Sonny, nor Lightning
Nor Muddy, nor John Lee

In the days before rock 'n' roll
In the days before rock 'n' roll

When we let and we bet
On Lester Piggott 10/1
And we let the goldfish go
Down the stream
Before rock 'n' roll
We went over the wavebands
We'd get Luxembourg,
Luxembourg and Athlone

AFM stars of Jazz
Come in, come in, come in, Ray Charles
Come in, the high priest

In the days before rock 'n' roll
In the days before rock 'n' roll

When we let and we bet
On Lester Piggott 10 to 1
And we let the goldfish go
And then the killer came along
The killer, Jerry Lee Lewis
A whole lotta shakin' goin' on,
Great balls of fire
Little Richard

Justin, gentler than a man
Justin, Justin, where is Justin now?
What's Justin doing now?
Just, where is Justin now?
Come aboard


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"In the Days Before Rock 'n' Roll" as written by Van Morrison Paul Durcan

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    General CommentI'm fairly certain this song is about how Europeans found American roots to rock and roll on the dials of European radios. But who is Justin referred to in this song?
    drummerpiperon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou may be correct about the reference to access to rock & roll via the radio, but I don't know get the connection to Lester Piggott, the most(?) successful English horse racing jockey. (Without the written lyrics, many think he's singing "Wilson Picket").
    So who can explain the mix of Piggott and early rock & rollers? And who's Justin?
    benjazzon July 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe song refers to lester piggot as he was a huge feature in irish culture at the time. betting on horses is a big irish past time and something you do with your friends, for the craic! i think this song is a nostalgic look back on a friendship van once had. it was obviouly a gentle and social relationship. the days before rock & roll when van would have tuned in radio luxemburg etc to hear his blues heroes. justin may have just been a friend, where is he now? letting the gold fish go could be just that, something that was done whilst socialising. it could also symbolise the freedom he associates with that time. the goldfish swimming down a stream, free from the captivity of the goldfish bowl.
    visionsoflouiseon January 16, 2010   Link

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