"Rock And Roll Band" as written by and Donald T. Scholz....
Well, we were just another band out of Boston
On the road and tryin' to make ends meet
Playin' all the bars, sleepin' in our cars
And we practiced right on out in the street
No, we didn't have much money
We barely made enough to survive
But when we got up on stage and got ready to play, people came alive

Rock and roll band, everybody's waitin'
Getting' crazy, anticipatin'
Love and music, play, play, play, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Dancin' in the streets of Hyannis
We were getting pretty good at the game
People stood in line and didn't seem to mind
You know everybody knew our name
Livin' on rock and roll music
Never worried 'bout things we were missin'
When we got up on stage and got ready to play everybody'd listen

Rock and roll band, everybody's waitin'
Getting' crazy, anticipatin'
Love and music, play, play, play, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Playin' for week in Rhode Island
A man came to the stage one night
He smoked a big cigar, drove a Cadillac car
And said boys, I think this band's outta sight
Oh, sign a record company contract
You know I've got great expectations
When I hear you on the car radio you're gonna be a sensation

Rock and roll band, everybody's waitin'
Getting' crazy, anticipatin'
Love and music, play, play, play, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


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"Rock and Roll Band" as written by Tom Scholz

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    General CommentIt more of an inspirational thing
    TORN PRINCE EVILon November 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is the actual story of how the band got started.
    ye-interpreteron September 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell its a beleivable story...
    did anyone notice how they have two guitars playing at the same time and harmonizing! its so friggen awsome.
    minkoilon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWith the guitar part, and the guitars harmonizing like in More Than A Feeling during the solo, and the movement of the lyrics and melody, this is a truly amazing song.
    Darkmage331on August 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOnly 4 comments? How sad...this is my favorite Boston tune. The chorus gets stuck in my head so often, and I listen to it in the car a lot. Such a catchy song about Boston getting their start as a rock band.
    excalibur2on February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother great song by Boston, I don't think it needs any explaining. It tells the story about getting their big break.
    Coronaboyon March 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song is completely true. The first Boston album was written and recorded in Tom Scholz' basement by himself basically until Brad Delp was brought in to do the vocals. Up until they had the first album out I don't think they played anywhere other than that basement.
    cdwillison March 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, cdwills. I'm not sure if they NEVER played anywhere, but as I understand they basically released the Demo with a few overdubbs.
    Mickyfinnon May 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a fictitious band, NOT about Boston themselves. It could be about a different band from Boston, maybe Aerosmith?
    jordand33on May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah I just think that this is the type of thing that a lot of bands get up to, big or small. I'm learning guitar and I want to be in a band!
    liamm13on July 05, 2008   Link

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