Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Fever by Johnny and Bruce



This is one of rock's best tunes, never done better than by Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen. This tune was written by Bruce Springsteen in 1971 or so. It was recorded by Bruce and the E Street band in 1973 and entitled, "I Got the Fever for the Girl". In 1976 Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes recorded the song and labeled it "The Fever". The Pointer Sisters did a version in 1979.

The live 1978 rendition, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ3amVBypEk, by the New Jersey boys ranks among the best.


Such feeling, such soul, such sweat, if you don't have the Fever when the song starts, you do 8 minutes later. Listen to it once, twice and more. Watch that performance, priceless. Here are the lyrics:

When I get home from my job I turn on my T.V.
But I can't keep my mind on the show
When I lay down at night, oh I can't get no sleep
So I turn on my radio
But the only sound I hear is you whisperin' in my ear
The words that you used to say Now my days grow longer
'Cause my love grows stronger
And the fever gets worse
And I've got the fever for this girl

CHORUS:
Got the fever, oh I've got the fever Nothing that a po' boy can do
When he's got the fever for this girl
Got the fever, oh I've got the fever
Left this little boy blue

I can remember comin' home I see you standin' at the stove
With the dishes on the table
Dinner ready to go
We'll maybe go out to a movie show
Something that you like to see
Well, now, you are my sun in the morning
And my moon at night
I think about you baby
I feel all right
Now my days grow longer
'Cause my love grows stronger
And the fever gets worse
And I've got the fever for this girl

So it goes!

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