"The Balad Of El Goodo" as written by Alex Chilton and Christopher Bell....
Years ago, my heart was set to live, oh
But I've been trying hard against unbelievable odds
It gets so hard in times like now to hold on
My guns they're waiting to be stuck by
At my side is God

And there ain't no one goin' turn me 'round
Ain't no one goin' turn me 'round

There's people around who tell you that they know
The places where they send you, and it's easy to go
They'll zip you up and dress you down
Stand you in a row
But you know you don't have to
You could just say no

And there ain't no one goin' turn me 'round
Ain't no one goin' turn me 'round
Ain't no one goin' turn me 'round
Ain't no one goin' turn me 'round

I've been built up and trusted
Broke down and busted
But they'll get theirs and we'll get ours
Just if we can
Just, ah, hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on

Years ago my heart was set to live, oh
But I've been trying hard against strong odds
It gets so hard at times like now to hold on
Well, I'll fall if I don't fight
And at my side is God

Ain't there no one goin' turn me 'round
Ain't no one goin' turn me 'round
Ain't no one goin' turn me 'round
Ain't no one goin' turn me 'round
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on


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"The Ballad of el Goodo" as written by Christopher Bell Alex Chilton

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  • +3
    General Commenthippie folk rock ? not only is that an awkward coinage, it only barely describes parts of the first record.

    anyhow, people talk about how a major theme over all three big star albums is disillusion... well the poor narrator is gonna be disappointed by religion too.
    TheNipperon December 10, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThe second verse spells it out. The song's about surviving as an artist, believing in one's self, and not succumbing to working a routine 9 to 5 job, which is safe and easy.
    BaronVonHimmlenon September 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI see the song as definitely having many themes of disillusionment, as well as possibly being about falling out of touch with and tiring of society. God I love it. One of my favorites by Big Star.
    Darandoon October 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love love love this song. evan dando did a cover which is on the Empire Records Soundtrack, which i loved and looked up which led me to Big Star. Their hippie folk rock sound is so unique and amazing.
    with_a_shrugon March 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song... now can somebody correct the misspelling of the title?
    elwyn5150on February 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFunny. Sad. Anti-war. Anti-draft. And even anti-religious. You have choices, but you don't really. Beautiful song. A lot of depth from some young thoughtful guys from Memphis.
    Saintlyon February 11, 2015   Link
  • -2
    General CommentWow interesting that no one has commented on this one. It's a song that's about someone that is drafted into the military, but still trying to retain their independence.
    NickZeppon April 09, 2014   Link

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