QUINCY JONES


Birdland Lyrics

Five thousand lightyears from Birdland
But I'm still preachin' the rythym
Long gone uptight years from Birdland
And I'm still teachin' it with 'em

Years from the land of the Bird
And I am still feelin' the spirit
Five thousand lightyears from Birdland
But I know people can hear it

Bird named it, Bird made it
Bird heard it, Then played it
Well stated
Birdland
It happened down in Birdland

In the middle of that hub
I remember one jazz club
Where we went to pat feet
Down on 52nd Street
Everybody heard that word
That they named it after Bird
Where the rythym swooped and swirled
The jazz corner of the world
And the cats they giged in there
Were beyond compare

Birdland, I'm singing Birdland
Birdland, Old swingin' Birdland

Hey man, the music really turns you on (ya turn me on)
Really? Ya turn me around
And turn me on

Down them stairs, Lose them cares
Where? Down in Birdland
Total swing, Bop was king there
Down in Birdland
Bird would cook, Max would look
Where? Down in Birdland
Miles came through, Trane came too there
Down in Birdland
Basie blew, Blakie too
Where? Down in Birdland
Cannonball played that hall there
Down in Birdland, Yeah

There will never be nothin' such as that
No more, skoo be wah, no more
Down in Birdland, That's where it was at
I know, ah ah ah ah ah, I know
Back in them days bop was ridin' high
Hello, heh heh heh heh heh, Goodbye!

(Yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo...)
How well those cats remember their first Birdland gig
To play in Birdland is an honor we still dig
Yeah, That club was like in another world
Sure enough, Yeah baby
All those cats were cookin' on
People just sat and they were steady lookin' on
Then Bird, He came and spread the word
(Birdland)

Yes indeed he did
Yes indeed he did
Yes indeed he did, Yes he did Parker played in Birdland
Yes he really did
Yes indeed he really did told the truth way down in
Birdland
Yes indeed he did, Yardbird Parker played in Birdland
Yes indeed he really did, Charlie Parker played in
Birdland

Bird named it, Bird made it
Bird heard it, Then played it
Well stated
Birdland
It happened down in Birdland

Everybody dug that beat
Everybody stomped their feet
Everybody digs be bop
And they'll never stop

Down them stairs, Lose them cares
Yeah, Down in Birdland
Total swing, Bop was king
Yeah, Down in Birdland
Bird would cook, Max would look
Yeah, Down in Birdland
Miles came through, Trane came too
Yeah, Down in Birdland
Basie blew, Blakie too
Yeah, Down in Birdland
Cannonball played that hall
Yeah, Down in Birdland
(repeat under the following solo till fade)

Come in pairs, Down them stairs, Lose your cares
Him that cares gets it
Play the gate, Don't be late, It's a date
What d'ya know
Is it me, Is it you, It's a clue
Come in twos, Pay your dues, What can you lose?
Just your blues, So lose them!
(ad libbing till the end)

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Songwriter(s): Jon Carl Hendricks, Josef Erich Zawinul
Copyright: Mulatto Music, Music & Media Int'L Inc. O.B.O. Hendricks Music, Songs Of Universal Inc.
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