"Rockaria!" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
Just got back from the downtown palais
Where the music was so sweet
Knocked me right back in the alley
I'm ready, yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm ready
Oh, oh, oh, I'm ready and I'm really gonna rock tonight

Sweet little lady sings like a songbird
And she sings the opera like you ain't never heard
But she ain't ready
No, no, no, she ain't ready
No, no, no, she ain't ready
And she ain't gonna rock and roll

She's sweet on Wagner
I think she'd die for Beethoven
She loves the way Puccini lays down a tune
And Verdi's always creeping from her room

Come on, I'll show you how to sing the blues
Now baby, come on over you got nothin' to lose
Are you ready, hey, hey, hey are you ready?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, are you ready?
I wanna show you how to rock and roll

Now listen here baby she said to me
"Just meet me at the opera house at a quarter to three
'Cause I'm ready, yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm ready
Ooh, ooh, ooh, I'm ready
I'm gonna show you how to sing the blues"

She's sweet on Wagner
I think she'd die for Beethoven
She loves the way Puccini lays down a tune
And Verdi's always creeping from her room
Far, far away the music is playing

Well, we were reelin' and a rockin' all through the night
Yeah, we were rockin' at the opera house until the break of light
And the orchestra were playin' all Chuck Berry's greatest tunes
And the singers in the chorus all got off on singing blues

And as the night grew older everybody was as one
The people on the streets came runnin' in to join in song
Just to hear the opera singer singin' rock and roll so pure
I thought I saw the mayor there but I wasn't really sure, but it's alright

Lyrics submitted by Kenobi65

"Rockaria" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    General CommentLots of references to classical composers aside, I think this song could be about sex. The "she ain't ready" and "I'll show you how to sing the blues" are fairly typical allusions to a young woman and the singer's attempt to "woo" her, if you catch my meaning. I'm just not sure how the mayor fits in to the equation....!
    fuzzy_wuzzyon September 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if it's a bad edit, or if it supposed to be there, but if you listen in the very beggining, the singer starts too soon and then goes 'oops' and then starts on cue. At least that's what it sounds like to me.
    Grebulouson May 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI cant say I heard that.

    The meaning is fairly self explantory (but just in case: opera singer gets taught how to do Rock'n'roll) and its just a damned good song all round.

    For some reason i find the last verse very uplifting
    Comrade_Liaron March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAgreed on the last verse, the pace really picks up there and brings the song to a great end, and yes on my version the opera singer does say oops, I think its done to take the glory out of opera, show that it really is a rock song.
    siradskion June 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think that "the mayor" is wrong, it should say "the man", the Man is probably Jesus, the speaker is saying that the music was so pure, even Jesus was there lol
    findsomepeaceon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe idea that there is an alusion to sex here is interesting and entirely credible. Don't forget, though, that he finds he doesn't have to teach her about rock'n'roll – she surprises him in the last verse by not only being ready, but teaching him a thing or two and rocking all night!!
    TheKeeperon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGrebulous: you're exactly right. They hired a female opera singer (German, IIRC) to sing the aria portions, and the beginning of the song features her mis-starting, and, I think, saying something in German.

    findsomepeace: "Mayor" is what it says on the album's lyric sheet.
    Kenobi65on February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot everything is about sex!
    cielsoion August 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut Rockaria! is...

    When I got to see EII live, I was darn impressed by Kelly nailing the aria in falsetto.
    Duncan905on October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is hilarious.
    degree7on May 02, 2016   Link

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