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Carol

Written by Chuck Berry

Album This song officially appears on the Live At The BBC Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1994

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Carol” is a song written by Chuck Berry, first released by him on Chess Records in 1958, with “Hey Pedro” on the B-side. “Carol” also appeared as the B-side to the “Johnny B. Goode” single on Epic Records. and on his first compilation album, Chuck Berry Is on Top.

From Stereogum:

Carol” was initially overshadowed as a B-side to “Johnny B. Goode,” but it’s a hell of a song. That classic surf-leaning guitar mixed with his sultry warnings to a woman he’s trying to seduce makes for one of his racier songs, and it would drive crowds absolutely nuts. Again his songwriting may be obscured by his deft control over tempo, gliding between sections of the song both settling into the quieter breakdowns and lifting to the raucousness of the hook.

Both the Beatles and the Stones covered “Carol” in 1963 and 1964, respectively. The Beatles did so in a live performance that was later included on the 1994 album Live At The BBC. The Stones recorded a studio version that was included on their self-titled debut in 1964.

Last updated on November 30, 2016

Lyrics

Oh Carol, don't let him
Steal your heart away
Well I've got to learn to dance
If it takes me all night and day

Well come into my machine
So we can move on out
I know a jumping little joint
Where we can jump and shout
It's not too far back on the highway
Not too long a ride
Well you take your car along
And you park it outside
A little cutie takes your hat
And you can thank her, ma'am
Well every time you're gonna drive
You find the joint is jammed

Oh Carol, don't let him
Steal your heart away
Well I've got to learn to dance
If it takes me all night and day
Auw
Auw

Well if you want to hear some music
Like the boys all play
Hold tight, tap your foot
Don't let it carry you away
Don't let the heat overcome you
Cos they play so loud
While the music will treat you
When they get a crowd
Well you can dance
I know you will, you thought
I got my eyes on you baby
Cos you dance so good

Don't let him
Steal your heart away
I've got to learn to dance
If it takes me all night and day
Well I've got to learn to dance
If it takes you all night and day

Officially appears on


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

2:35 • Radio showL1 • A Chuck Berry hit from 1958, which the Rolling Stones included on their first album in June 1964.

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Rhythm guitar

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jul 16, 1963

Bootlegs


The BBC Archives Volume 4

Unofficial album

2:35 • Radio show


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 4

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:47 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jul 16, 1963


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 22nd, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:27 • Rehearsal • Jan.22 - D3-32 - Carol 22.75

Session Recording:
Jan 22, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Live performances

“Carol” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Carol” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Jul 16, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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