"The Heart Of Rock And Roll" as written by and John Victor/lewis Colla....
New York, New York is everything they say
And no place that I'd rather be
Where else can you do a half a million things
And all at a quarter to three
When they play their music, ooh that modern music
The like it with a lot of style
But it's still that same old back beat rhythm
That really drives them wild

They say the heart of rock and roll is still beating
And from what I've seen I believe 'em
Now the old boy may be barely breathing
But the heart of rock and roll is still beating

L.A., Hollywood and the Sunset Strip is something everyone should see
Neon lights and the pretty, pretty girls all dressed so scantily
When they play their music, that hard rock music
They like it with a lot of flash
But it's still that same old back beat rhythm
That really kicks 'em in the...


D.C., San Antone and the Liberty town, Boston and Baton Rouge
Tulsa, Austin, Oklahoma City, Seattle, San Francisco, too
Everywhere there's music, real live music, bands with a million styles
But it's still that same old rock and roll music that really drives 'em wild


In Cleveland
Detroit...heart of rock and roll

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"The Heart of Rock and Roll" as written by John Victor Colla Huey Lewis

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    General CommentI've always wondered if this song was about how the "heart of rock and roll" could be anywhere as long as it's heartfelt.
    monkeymoogleon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo the best of my memory, on Behind The Music, Huey Lewis said that while they were in a slump one of the band members suggested they go to Cleveland to get their groove back because "The heart of rock and roll is in Cleveland."

    I guess this song came about because they found the heart of rock and roll in Cleveland, and (take it from a Pittsburgher) if you find the heart of rock and roll in Cleveland, you can find it everywhere.
    ZinbobDanon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo the best of my knowledge, this song is about Huey Lewis' obsession with the major chain restaurant of the 80's, "The Heart of Rock n Roll". At one point it was considered for a commercial for the restaurant, but they company thought the song was too gay.
    MrAwesomeSquaredon May 08, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThis is one my most hated songs. Limp, limp, limp. Why the hell did they put a saxophone where a guitar is obviously called for? A total letdown. No wonder it's considered one of the worst pop songs ever.
    gregorybrianon August 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMan I was born in 1980 so this song has been around as long as I can remember and I JUST found out two days ago that he's saying "The heart of rock and roll is still beating" I always thought he was saying "The heart of rock and roll is the beat".
    Anyway, a buddy of mine was telling me his friend was on a plane and saw Huey Lewis and approached him to ask him if he was indeed Lewis. Lewis smiled, streigtend his tie and said "why yes I am" to which the friend replied "Damn, you look like hell!" Of Course Huey got all butt-hurt, looked down and said "Get the hell out of here"
    Musixexon January 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti thought it said "the heart of rock and roll is the beat" too.
    hm. ihe message and stuff. you knowww.
    nat leehunni4667on May 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song always makes me think of the TALKMASTER, Neal Boortz, because he uses it as the theme song to his morning show!
    captainhastingson February 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI could say this song is the cheesiest ever, but I really don't think that's fair. It doesn't care what you think, it creates its own universe and succeeds as a unique work of art.
    stephen173on March 23, 2015   Link

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