The Paul McCartney Project

Blue Jean Bop

Written by Gene VincentMorris Levy

Album This song officially appears on the Run Devil Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1999

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

Blue Jean Bop” is the opening title of the eponym & debut album of Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, released in 1956 on the Capitol label.

From the liner notes of “Run Devil Run“:

First released in 1956 by Gene Vincent. “I remember hearing Blue Jean Bop on an album that I think John had; going to a place near Penny Lane for the afternoon, having a ciggy, and just listening to records. Blue Jean Bop was always one of my favourites. The first record I ever bought was Be Bop-A-Lula. We loved Gene.”

From an interview with Laura Gross (promotional interview for “Run Devil Run” in 1999):

Paul McCartney: […] There were a couple of songs that, really, I just wanted to kind of be faithful to the originals. Just ’cause the memory was just so clear. Blue Jean Bop was off an album that we had in Liverpool of Gene Vincent’s with the big hit was Be-Bop-A-Lula. Blue Jean Bop wasn’t quite such a big hit but it was one we loved. And it’s got this nice intro which, you know, Bluejean baby with your big blue eyes. Duh, duh, duh, duhoah. I can’t keep still so baby let’s dance. Well, the blue, and then it goes like a lot of rock ‘n’ roll songs just do that, you know. And it’s got this echo wah, wah, wah, really poppin’. And in actual fact, having done a bit of that in the week, I realized that they actually used to write for the echo. Well it’s the bop, bop, bop, that’s bop, delay echo. That ?…?. So, if you go, lovely day today, all languid things, it doesn’t work. You’ve got to pop the echo, you know, I’m a poppin’ you, beat, bop, boppin’ you, baby bop. So you realize that’s why all the songs were written like that, you know. So it’s great just sort of rediscovering all this stuff kind of new. And on Blue Jean Bop I thought, no, I just want that echo, over the top echo sound. So we used it there. But on a lot of the other songs. There’s kind of a more modern sound on them. But the songs themselves are like old fashioned. We just, you know, messed them around. I mean, I love the lyrics of this album. They’re really nice. Blue Jean Bop’s got, you know, I can’t keep still so baby let’s dance. Dip your hip, free your knee, you know. I like this stuff, it’s kind of good, good words, I think. Some of them are really brilliant, clever lyrics.

Laura Gross: Free your knee.

Paul McCartney: Free your knee. What free your knee is. A line out of Blue Jean Bop. And it’s actually a dance instruction. When you say to someone, you know, free your knee, they think, what. You think about it, it’s like, you know, dip your hip, free your knee, wiggle on your baby, 1, 2, 3. It’s, it’s like shake it baby or something, you know, free your mind, free your knee. Free yourself. So that’s why I like it. It’s a nice little phrase.

Last updated on September 20, 2016

Lyrics

Bluejean baby, with your big blue eyes
Don`t want you looking at other guys
Got to make you give me, one more chance
I can`t keep still, so baby let`s dance

Well the bluejean bop is the bop for me
It`s the bop that`s done in a dungaree
You flip your hip, free your knee
Squeel on your heel baby, one to three
Well the bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, baby won`t you bop with Gene. (Bop Blue Caps, Bop)

Well bluejean baby when I bop with you
Well my heart starts hoppin` like a kangaroo
My feet do things they never done before
Well bluejean baby, give me more more more
Well the bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, baby won`t you bop with Gene. (Rock again Blue Caps, Go)

Well the bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, baby won`t you bop with Gene.
(Blue Caps, bop with Gene, Let`s go)

Well the bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, bluejean bop
Oh baby, bluejean bop, baby won`t you bop with Gene.

Officially appears on


Run Devil Run

Official album • Released in 1999

1:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mick Green :
Electric guitar
David Gilmour :
Electric guitar
Ian Paice :
Drums
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 05, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Run Devil Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mick Green :
Electric guitar
David Gilmour :
Electric guitar
Ian Paice :
Drums
Chris Thomas :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 05, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Videos

Live performances

“Blue Jean Bop” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


Live At The Cavern

Dec 14, 1999 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


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