"Shakedown on 9th Street" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Head on down to 9th street gal
Lets go out kicking with the boys and the gals
Wear your dress and bring my ring

Someone's gonna get it ain't gonna be me
Lucy Lucy my gal
Lucy Lucy my sweet
Lucy Lucy my gal

I was just gonna hit him but I'm gonna kill him now
We all met about half past three
Lucy she was rocking by my kicking machine
Too many straits and not enough grease

That's when Lucy got it in the chest I think
Lucy Lucy my gal
Lucy Lucy my sweet
Lucy Lucy my gal

I was just gonna hit him but I'm gonna kill him now
Lucy they started fighting I was screaming for him
Boots all dirty sexy and thin
Then on come the lights from the straits in their cars

I was just a laughing when I hit the floor
Lucy Lucy my gal
Lucy Lucy my sweet
Lucy Lucy my gal

I was just gonna hit him but I'm gonna kill him now


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"Shakedown On 9th Street" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General Commentthis is what real country should sound like--fun music with good lyrics
    flickerchick27on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe only one person has commented on this song! It's so fantastic and fun. I love every Ryan Adams song, but this is one of his catchier ones, like "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High." So much fun to dance to. I'm not really sure what it means, though. What's a kicking machine?
    cityondown78on September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhoops. Forgot a parenthesis. Should be "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)." Not that it matters.
    cityondown78on September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about getting into a fight at one of his shows because someone is messin' with his girl. Messin' meaning bothering her not getting with her. "i was just gonna hit 'em
    but i'm gonna kill 'em now."
    SomethingCleveron June 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about an old fashioned rumble. It reminds me of the book "The Outsiders," which I read in high school. I take that "straits" refer to the "straight-laced" rich kids, like the Socs in Outsiders, and "grease" is the greasers.

    So "too many straits, not enough grease" means that the greasers were outnumbered.

    I'm thinking "kicking machine" could be a motorcycle, but of course we don't totally know.
    NorthWriteron March 04, 2015   Link

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