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Song of the Day: Brides of Funkenstein – Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy (1979)

Female part of Parliament-Funkadelic, more underground but still amazing music. And exuberant lyrics!

Michael Hampton – Guitar solos

Bernie Worrell – Piano (Moog bass) and Acoustic Piano

Real Fender Bass

Gary Shider

Dawn Silva and Sheila Horne are still active in the music industry doing solo projects,etc. Jeanette McGruder changed her name to Satori Shakoor and became an actress/stand-up comedian.

Mallia Franklin


Lead vocals: Sheila Horn, Dawn Silva, Jeanette McGruder, George Clinton)

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I just recently just finished transcribing the complete song lyrics (or a draft at least):

Intro:

My granny had a saying: “Without humps, there would be no gettin over”

“You pay for what you get – and hardly you ever get what you paid for?” (Never been to school)

Life’s full of ups and downs, you gotta find your own high ground.”

Mother Wit is your connection – Use it for your protection” (Ooh, oh oh..)

A

(oh!)

Mother Wit, is all you get of a lived life (you got to dance to it, when you do it)

Never tell you, how to live your love life (just a little discretion, was her only suggestion)

Da da da da da da da da da da.. (X2) (it’s not such a mean, old world)

Chorus

To be happy, but funky, (happy, but funky)

Come alive and just funky, (come alive, just funky)

La, la la la da da da, (ha! da da da)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy,

And never buy a bridge while you’re in Brooklyn (neeeever buy a bridge while you’re in Brooklyn)

Verse

Ooh, I was raised on a farm, (Way back in the woods)

With 13 children (Never been to school)

My granny had a sayin’ Mother Wit she called it (Do do do do do do do)

“Never been to school, is the reason to be a fool”

Chorus

To be happy, but funky, (to be happy but funky)

Come alive and just funky, (come alive and just funky)

La, la la la da da da, (da da da da da da da da da da da da da da)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy, (… Texas from a cowboy)

And never buy a bridge when you’re in Brooklyn (never buy a bridge, when you’re in Brooklyn)

D (1:40)

Mother Wit is all you get, (heeeeyeeaaaa) you got to trust the Funk,

Mother Wit is all you got, you got to trust the Funk,

Mother Wit is all you got, you got to trust your Funk

“If you can’t dance through it… don’t do it,

If you can dance and get through to it, do it”

“When reason just do not make sense, you gots to use your Funk,”

“When weeds and stems is not enough, you got to use your Funk.”

Oh! Mother Wit is a kind of nonsense, it helps you over the hump!

“If you can’t dance to it – don’t do it!

But if you can dance and get through to it, then do it deary”

(Yimme tie yi yippy, yippy yay yippy yea,

Can I get way…?)

George Clinton:

If you can’t dance to it, don’t do it.

Girls:

But if you can dance and get through to it, then do it!

B (3:00)

… and you’ll live life… (and you’ll live life)

Moooother Wit is all you get, in your love life (in your love life)

3:03

Heeeeeeeeeeeey yeah!

Chorus

To be happy, but funky, (to be happy but funky)

Come alive and just funky, (come alive and just funky)

Da, da da da da da da, (da – da, da oooh!)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy, (neeever buy a bridge, when you’re in Brooklyn)

And never buy a bridge when your in Brooklyn

(To be happy but funky)

To be happy, but funky,

(ooooooh!)

Come alive and just funky,

(Come alive and just funky)

La, la la la da da da, (da! – da, da,da!)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy, (Never buy…from a cowboy)

And never buy a bridge when your in Brooklyn  (Never buy a bridge – while you’re in Brooklyn to be happy but funky!)

To be happy, but funky, (ha!)

Come alive and just funky, (come alive and just funky)

La, la la la da da da, (yooooou, do do do do do do do)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy, (way back)

And never buy a bridge when your in Brooklyn (and never buy a bridge while you in Brooklyn)

4:13

To be happy, but funky, (dooooo)

Come alive and just funky, (do do do do do do do)

La, la la la da da da, (da da da da da da da)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy, (and you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy)

And never buy a bridge when your in Brooklyn  (and never buy…)

If you think you can dance to it, (hmmmm, do do do do do)

Get to it! Get to it!

If you think you can dance and get through to it! (do do do do do)

Then do it! Then do it!

D

5:00 -5:45

5:45 Piano vamping/comping

Guitar solo, playing around with the melodic phrase

B 6:03 (No singing)

8:23

Way back!

8:47 Ooh, never buy a bridge, while you’re in Brooklyn

(Guitar solo ends at 8:56)

C (8:56)

Oooh

If you can dance and get through to it, then do – then do it! (oooh do do do do do do do)

Oooooh, do it deary

Way back!

(9:19) (do’s this time homophonically sang)

To be happy, but funky, (dooooo)

Come alive and just funky, (do do do do do)

La, la la la da da da,

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy

And never buy – a bridge, while your in Brooklyn (oooh and never buy a bridge, while you’re in Brooklyn)

Ooooh…. ooooh

Instrumental Break 9:41 (2nd Guitar solo)

10:12

Mother Wit, is all you get and you’ll live life (You got to dance to it, when you do it)

Never tell you how to live your love life (just a little discretion, was the only – suggestion)

Da da da, da da da da da da (She de de do de de de de do)

Da da da, da da da da da da (dee de de de de de de de de do)

And you’ll live life (do do do do do do do do do)

And you’ll love life (dee de do da do da ba-by…)

10:45

(continued skat signing)

11:01

in your love life!

Doooo dee de de de

De – de de, way back up in the woods

In your love life

Way back!

Never been to school!

And you’ll liiive life

Never been to school

And you’ll live life

Mooother Wit is all you get, and you’ll live life

(Skat singing)

12:12

Mooother Wit! It’s all you get!

And you’ll live – long – you’ll live long live long live long live long life!

Waaay back,

Mother Wit Goes Back

Hey hey

And you’ll live liiiife

12:36

HEEEEEEEY (do do do do do do do do hey heya)

 

Main Section (12:41)

 

To be happy, but funky, (to be happy but fun -ky)

Come alive and just funky, (come alive and just funky)

La, la la la da da da, (da – da da da ooh!)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy,

And never buy – a bridge while you’re in Brooklyn

(oooooooh)

To be happy but funky (to be happy but – fun-ky!)

Come alive and just funky (come alive, come alive – let’s get  funky)

La, la la la da da da   (Doooooo do do do do do do do!)

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy (Way back!)

And never buy – a bridge, when you’re in Brooklyn

13:24

George Clinton (Can I go, waaaaay back?)

To be happy but funky (to be happy but – funky!)

Come alive and just funky

La, la la la da da da 

And you’ll never buy Texas from a Cowboy

And never buy – a bridge, when you’re in Brooklyn

Can I goo waaaaaaaay back? (Doooo do do do do do do do)

Way back!

14:10

Instrumental Section

Dooo do do do do do do do do [in a calmer manner]

14:52

ooooooh do do do do do do do…

Do do do do do do

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4 comments on “Song of the Day: Brides of Funkenstein – Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy (1979)

  1. Bar none, THE most thoroughly transcribed set of lyrics I’ve ever seen. Kudos and thanks. I totally delighted in following along with the lyrics as the song played in the background. My hats off to you, and I’m going to keep an eye out for more of your work.
    Thanks again

    • Thanks man! I just thought it was too good of a song not to be fully appreciated and saw no lyrics on line of it.

      How’d you hear about the group???

      • Very good indeed. Only a few corrections:

        “You pay for what you get – and hardly ever get what you pay for”

        Mother Wit is all you get of a lived life

        (just a little discretion was her only suggestion)

        And never buy a bridge while you’re in Brooklyn

        Ooh I was raised on a farm

        My granny had a sayin’ Mother Wit she called it “Never been to school is no reason to be a fool”

        Thanks for sharing…this was the JAM!

      • Sorry for the delayed response. Been swamped with classes! Thank you so much for checking out the page, and thank you even more for correcting the lyrics!

        Though the music is before my time, I feel like I’m back then whenever I hear it! Keep it funky!

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