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My First Rock Concert 
Dave Bidini - Blue Hysteria 
Transcribed - Ira Aikman <iaikman@cableregina.com> 
 
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My first rock concert was a stadium affair 
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our dads drove us down to the front gates there, 
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And we looked at all the people and all their rock-n-roll hair, 
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And for the very first time i smelled dope in the air, 
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And we saw ELO, but they sucked.
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But Meatloaf was wicked, so we gave it up for the fat man. (Gave it up for Meat) 
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My second rock show I was offered some pot, 
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But i refused to be swayed or to be caught by a cop. 
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Geddy, Alex, Neil: they played penultimate rock, 
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And for the very last song they set off five flash pots, 
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My friend had an epileptic fit. 
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But the crowd cheered him on cause they thought that he was dancing. 
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(Thought that he was a fool on his back.) 
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My third rock show was an epochal day, 
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It was out at the ex, beneath the Alpine way 
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Aerosmith and Goddo, they were okay, 
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But when i saw the Ramones and it changed the way i saw the world. 
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I saw everything. 
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So I bought a leather jacket, cut holes in my jeans. 
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When my parents saw my pants, then they took away the car keys for two days. 
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The Specials, Gand of Four, and all the new wave. 
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I saw the Birthday Party play with Nick Cave. 
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I saw XTC twice, I thought Paul Weller was Christ. 
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I even met Michael Stipe, he was distant but he was nice. 
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Joe Jackson saved my life 
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At Massey Hall, I got up and i started to dance 
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Big ol' cop, he grabbed me, and pinned me against the stage. 
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Cop reached down, and he took the hat off my head. 
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Then Joe reached down and he took the hat off the cops head, 
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So i wiggled free and i ran up into the balcony and swan dived. 
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Now it's many years later and I'm up on the stage, 
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Sometimes i feel a little like a bird in a cage. 
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Under these lights you're either a mouse or a sage, 
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Music belies one's actual age. 
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Is it just a passing churn (yeah, could be, could be)? 
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Like a rusty car, hair style, or an old shirt (shirt shirt), 
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A CHUM chart, an 8 track, or a gate-folds double live. 
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Oh yeah, I was there