Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lost Gem: "Don't Step On The Grass, Sam" - Steppenwolf



"Well, it will hook
your Sue and Johnny.

(You're so full of bull, Sam)"

~ John Kay/Steppenwolf ~


"Steppenwolf...the Second" (1968)...has John Kay and the boys throwing down a sophomore effort that does not disappoint.

Filled with a blend of traditional rock...earthy psych...and somewhat tasty blues jams, all delivered in that solid John Kay throwback style very much missed today.

If all you know are the terrific, but overplayed Steppenwolf classics..."Born To Be Wild" & "Magic Carpet Ride"...then prepare to have your eyebrows raised.

"Don't Step On The Grass, Sam"...is a wicked..."thumb in the eye" kiss-off...to the stiff-minded establishment.  Churning rhythm guitar trade-off bites and props to Goldy McJohn for some nice crushing keyboad work.One of the better protest songs. Turn it up!

Have you heard this one?


Starin' at the boob tube, turnin' on the big knob
Tryin' to find some life in the waste land
Finally found a program, gonna deal with Mary Jane
Ready for a trip into hate land
Obnoxious Joe comes on the screen
Along with his guest self-righteous Sam
And one more guy who doesn't count
His hair and clothes are too far out

While pushin' back his glasses Sam is sayin' casually
"I was elected by the masses"
And with that in mind he starts to unwind
A vicious attack on the finest of grasses

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight, alright)

Misinformation Sam and Joe
Are feeding to the nation
But the one who didn't count counted them out
By exposing all their false quotations
Faced by a very awkward situation
This is all he'd say to save the day

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight alright)

You waste my coin Sam, all you can
To jail my fellow man
For smoking all the noble weed
You need much more than him
You've been telling lies so long
Some believe they're true
So they close their eyes to things
You have no right to do
Just as soon as you are gone
Hope will start to climb
Please don't stay around too long
You're wasting precious time.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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4 comments:

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Casey said...

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Beautiful song!

mcfarland said...

Churning rhythm guitar trade-off bites and prop to Goldy McJohn for a number of nice devastating keyboard work,

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