Gather 'round, cats, and I'll tell you a story
About how to become an All American Boy
Buy you a guitar and put it in tune
You'll be rockin' and rollin' soon.
Impressin' the girls, pickin' hot licks, and all that jazz

I-I bought me a guitar a year ago
Learned how to play in a day or so
And all around town it was well understood
That I was knockin' 'em out like Johnny B. Goode
Hot licks, showin' off, ah number one.

Well , I 'd practice all day and up into the night
My papa's hair was turnin' white
Cause he didn't like rock'n'roll
He said ""You can stay, boy, but that's gotta go.""
He's a square, he just didn't dig me at all

So I took my guitar, picks and all
And bid farewell to my poor ole pa
And I split for Memphis where they say all
Them swingin' cats are havin' a ball
Sessions, hot licks and all, they dig me

I was rockin' and boppin' and I's a gettin' the breaks
The girls all said that I had what it takes
When up stepped a man with a big cigar
He said ""come here, cat--I'm gonnna make you a star.""
""I'll put you on Bandstand, buy ya a Cadillac, sign here, kid.""

I signed my name and became a star
Havin' a ball with my guitar
Driving a big long Cadillac and fightin' the girls off ma back
They just kept a'comin', screamin', yeah-they like it

So I'd pick my guitar with a great big grin
And the money just kept on pourin' in
But then one day my Uncle Sam
He said (sound of 3 footsteps) ""Here I am""
""Uncle Sam needs you, boy
I'm-a gonna cut your hair
ah-Take this rifle, kid
Gimme that guitar"" yeah.


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All American Boy Lyrics as written by William Parsons Orville Lunsford

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    General CommentThis is a cool, story song inspired by Elvis and is a rockabilly classic. The label mistakenly listed Bill Parsons as the artist. The lyrics are pretty straight-forward, so I wouldn't read much into them. Funny, though, and delivered perfectly.
    GenerationXon September 10, 2020   Link

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