Wednesday, December 17, 2008

NRBQ has been a favorite band of mine since I ran into them at Clemson’s Edgar’s Nightclub in the late 1970s. I have seen them perform in Atlanta, Clemson, New York, Paramus (New Jersey), Providence (Rhode Island), and Norfolk.

They can do it all, from tender love songs to hard rocking blues tunes. They also have a talent for quirky little gadget songs, like Macho Maria:

Macho, Macho, Macho Maria
Maybe someone’s right for her
But baby, on the whole
I wouldn’t touch her with a ten foot pole

She works in a gas station
Rides a Harley Davidson
She’s been on probation all year long
Her two front teeth are missin
What has she been kissin?
When she comes around I will be gone

Repeat Chorus

In her mouth a cigarette
A big tattoo says “No Regrets”
She’s never seen without a can of beer
She don’t take no lip from you
You best know who you’re talkin to
Dungarees and motorcycle gear

Repeat Chorus

Beneath that hard exterior
I’m sure a warm heart beats in her
In school she had the cutest little curls
But I’m afraid it’s much too late
Close the door, shut the gate
The image is much bigger than the girl

Repeat Chorus


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