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Green Onions Lyrics

from Blues Brothers Complete

"Green Onions" is track #5 on the album Blues Brothers Complete. It was written by Cropper, Steve / Jackson Jr, Al / Jones, Booker T. / Steinberg, Lewis.
"Green Onions" is track #5 on the album Blues Brothers Complete. It was written by Cropper, Steve / Jackson Jr, Al / Jones, Booker T. / Steinberg, Lewis.

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Speech by Elwood:
All right people. The rest of the hard working all star Blues Brothers are
gonna be out here in a minute, including my little brother Jake. But right
now, I'd like to talk a little bit about this tune you're hearing. This is
ofcourse the Green Onions tune. It was a very big hit in the early sixties in
this country. And ofcourse it was composed and recorded in Memphis, Tennessee,
right here in the United States Of America. You know, people, I believe that
this tune can be acquinted with the great classical music around the world.
Now you go to Germany, you've got your Bach, your Beethoven, your Brahms...
Here in America you've got your Fred McDowell, your Irving Berlin, your Glenn
Miller, and your Booker T & The MG's, people. Another example of the great
contributions in music and culture that this country has made around the
world. And as you look around the world today, you see this country spurned.
You see backs turned on this country. Well people, I'm gonna tell you
something, this continent, North America, is the stronghold! This is where
we're gonna make our stand in this decade! Yeah, people, I've got something to
say to the State Department. I say Take that archaic Monroe Doctrine, and that
Marshall Plan that says we're supposed to police force the world, and throw
'em out! Let's stay home for the next ten years people! Right here in North
America and enjoy the music and culture that is ours. Yeah, I got one more
thing to say. I'm just talking about the music, people, and what it does to
me. And that is, as you look around the world, you go to the Soviet Union or
Great Britain or France, you name it, any country... Everybody is doing flips
and twists just to get into a genuine pair of American blue jeans! And to hear
this music and we got it all here in America, the land of the Chrysler 440
cubic inch engine!


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