Ride Sally Ride!

S, Glamour, Gold, Lights, Theater Letter, Alphabet

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: Songs that have a girls’ name in it which starts with an S

So, with the letter “S” in the spotlight, it turns out that there are a lot of songs with girls names that start with S! Which song should I choose? Hmm. Jack….do you have any suggestions? I am laughing at him because once upon a time Jack and some of his friends compiled an entire album of songs about one particular girl’s name that began with the letter S. That is another story! One that Jack might prefer I forget.

I am going to go with a song that is an experience!! From start to finish! I have chosen “Dance To The Music” from Sly & The Family Stone. Apparently they carved out the genre “psychedelic soul” which I will confess is not a genre I particularly identify with. I think that this was a huge injection of something special though – as if the sixties needed a wakeup! – and I can see Sly & Co easily traversing into the seventies with others trying to keep up with their pace. Hey – what do I know? We are talking a long time before I was born!

I love it – totally love it! Right in the middle you will see the name Sally – but there is a lot going on in this song!!! I is incredible, full of energy, full of soul. I love it! I also love that it was used in Shrek karaoke…so I have tagged a video of Shrek and company at the end of my post.

[Cynthia:] Get up and dance to the music!
Get on up and dance to the fonky music!
Dum-dumm du-du-du-du-du-dum-dumm
Du-du-du-du-du-dum-dumm – du-du-du-du-du-dum-dumm
[All:] Dance to the Music, Dance to the Music
[Freddie:] Hey Greg!
[Greg:] What?
[Freddie:] All we need is a drummer,
For people who only need a beat, yeah!
I’m gonna add a little guitar
And make it easy to move your feet
[Larry:] I’m gonna add some bottom,
So that the dancers just won’t hide
[Sly:] You might like to hear my organ
I said ‘Ride Sally Ride’
[Organ] Cynthia, Jerry!!
You might like to hear the horns blowin’,
Cynthia on the throne, yeah!
Listen to me
[Cynthia & Jerry got a message they’re sayin’:]
[Cynthia:] All the squares, go home!
Aaaaah, yeah!!!
[Listen to the basses:]
Dum-dumm du-du-du-du-du-dum-dumm
Du-du-du-du-du-dum-dumm – du-du-du-du-du-dum-dumm
[All:] Dance to the Music, Dance to the Music

Written by: Sylvester Stewart

5 thoughts on “Ride Sally Ride!

  1. Love that album. My wife (then girlfriend) and I saw them live in Dallas about the time that disk came out. Sly’s rep for being habitually late to his own shows preceded him. We wondered how late he would be? The opening act did their thing, then nothing for an hour. Frisbees were flying around the auditorium, blow up beach balls, and a lot of pot smoke in the air. Approaching a little past an hour, one musician takes the stage, then a few minutes later, another, then another. It took fifteen minutes for the band to pick up their instrument’s to play. Finally they exploded into one of the best live shows I have seen. It was worth the wait.


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