Billy Cowsill Live From The Crystal Ballroom Calgary, AB July 1985 Lyrics

Crystal Ballroom

On Friday, July 5, 1985, Billy Cowsill and his band opened a show for k.d. lang in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary Alberta. That show was captured on cassette tape at the board. And now, 19 years later, it is released to you, the unsuspecting public. What you hear is what it was - real, raw, essential Billy Cowsill.



Billy Cowsill       vocals, electric and acoustic rhythm guitar
Colin Munn      lead guitar, background vocals
Elmar Spanier      acoustic bass guitar, background vocals
Chris Nordquist      drums

Mastered and editied by Miles Wilkinson
Photo by Alexander W. Thomas (Black Rose Images)
Design by Combine Design - Communications

Executive Producer Neil Macgonigill

Billy Cowsill Live
From The Crystal Ballroom
Calgary, AB July 1985
Indelible Music - 2004 (released 12/20/04)





Flower Bar

I'm Movin' On | (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
Let's Dance | Only You (And You Alone) 
  Band Intro | Roll Over Beethoven
The Race Is On   |  Heart Full Of Soul

  Flower Bar

I'm Movin' On
(Hank Snow)
Lead Singer: Bill

(Note: Billy's version is more like the Homer and Jethro version)

That big eight-wheeler rollin down the track
Means your true-lovin' daddy ain't comin' back
I'm Movin' On, oh hear my song
You're flyin' too high for my little old sky
So I'm Movin' On

Ah hiddy-ho children, give a listen with me
I'm you true-lovin' daddy from Tennessee
I'm Movin' On, oh hear my song
Yeah you're flyin' too high for my little old sky
So I'm Movin' On

That old hound dog was a feelin' fine
Till he fell into a barrel of turpentine
But he's movin' on, he'll soon be gone
Yeah and pass the gate, like an eighty-eight
He's Movin' On

Move on

Move on

That old Tom cat was a-feelin' mean
When he caught his tail in the sewin' machine
He's movin on, he'll soon be gone
And he'll passed the gate, like an eighty-eight
He's movin on

Move on

That big eight-wheeler rollin down the track
Means your true-lovin' daddy ain't comin' back
He's movin' on, he'll soon be gone
Well he'll passed the gate, like an eighty-eight
He's movin' on
Just movin' on
He's movin' on
Just movin' on

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(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
(Bernie Lowe/Kat Mann)
Lead Singer: Bill

Well I'm pleadin' let me be,
Your lovin' Teddy Bear
Put a chain around my neck
And lead me anywhere
Ah let me be (Oh let him be)
your teddy bear

Oh please please let me stay, around you every night
Run your fingers through my hair
And cuddle me real tight
Oh let me be (Oh let him be)
Your teddy bear

Well I don't wanna be a tiger
Tigers play too rough
I don't wanna be a lion
Lions ain't the kind
You love enough.
I only wanna be, your Teddy Bear
We'll put a chain around my neck
and lead me anywhere
Oh let me be (Oh let him be)
Your teddy bear

I said yeah

Oh please please let me stay, around you every night
Run your fingers through my hair
And cuddle me real tight
Oh let me be (Oh let him be)
Your teddy bear

Well I don't wanna be a tiger
Tigers play too rough
I don't wanna be a real lion
Lions ain't the kind
you love enough.
Waaaanna be, your Teddy Bear
Well put a chain around my neck
And lead me anywhere
Oh let me be (Oh let him be)
Your teddy bear

I said yeah

Oh yeah yeah

Well now baby let me stay, around you every night
Run your fingers through my hair
And cuddle me real tight
Oh let me be (Oh let him be)
Your teddy bear

Oh let me be (Oh let him be)
Your teddy bear

Just want to be your teddy bear

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Let's Dance
(Jim Lee)
Lead Singer: Bill

Come on

Come On

Ah hey baby, let's take a chance
Come on baby, let's make romance
And let's dance, let's dance
We'll do the twist, the stomp, the mash potato too
Any old dance that you may wanna do
But let's dance, let's dance

Hey baby, don't lose control
Come on baby just learn to stroll
And let's dance, let's dance
We'll do the twist, the stomp, the mash potato too
Any old dance that you may wanna do
But let's dance, let's dance

Ah, Ah, Ah, (Wooooow)
Doo oo ah
Doo oo ah

Hey baby, don't you lose control
Come on baby just learn to stroll
And let's dance, let's dance
We'll do the twist, the stomp, the mash potato too
Any old dance that you wanna do
But let's dance, let's dance (Wooooow)

Doo oo ah
Doo oo ah

Now hey baby, let's take a chance
Come on baby, let's make romance
And let's dance, let's dance
We'll do the twist, the stomp, the mash potato too
Any old dance that you may wanna do
But let's dance, let's dance

(Wooooow)

Now hey baby, don't you lose control
Come on baby just learn to stroll
And let's dance, ah let's dance
We'll do the twist, the stomp, the mash potato too
Any old dance that you wanna do
But let's dance, let's dance

Baby, baby, baby, baby
Let's dance, let's dance

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Only You (And You Alone)
(Buck Ram / Andre Rand)
Lead Singer: Bill

Only you can make the world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone
Can thrill me like you do
And fill my heart with love for only you

Only you can make this change in me
For it's true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true
My one and only you

Only you can make this change in me
Oh it's true, you are my destiny
When I hold your hand
I understand the magic that you do

You are my dream come true
My one and only you
You

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Band Intro

Thank you very much. Iíd like to introduce the band. On the upright doghouse bass Elmare 'Spins' Spanier there. We have Colin Munn 'The Bo-hunk Funk' on guitar for ya. And in the back Chris 'The Wrist' Nordquist on the drums there. My name is Billy Cowsill. Glad to be here at the Palace. Glad youíre having such a great time. Itís mostly dead guys kids. Theyíre gone. Hearts of gold and shit for brains, thatís what you get in the business.

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Roll Over Beethoven
(Chuck Berry)
Lead Singer: Bill

Iím gonna write a little letter
Gonna mail it to my local dj
Gotta a rockiní rhythm record
I want my jockey to play
Roll over Beethoven, I gotta hear it again today

I got my temperatureís risiní
Need a shot of rhythm and blues
I got a heart beatiní rhythm
And my soul keeps on singiní the blues
Roll over beethoven rockiní in two by two

Well, if you feel you like it
Go get your lover, then reel and rock it
Roll it over and move on up just
Well move over and reel and rock it
Roll it over
Roll over Beethoven and tell Tschaikowsky the news

Well she wiggles like a glow worm
Dance like a spinniní top
She got a crazy little partner
Oughta see íem reel and rock
Now long as she got a dime the music will never stop

But, if you feel you like it
Go get your lover, then reel and rock it
Roll it over and move on up
Well move over and reel and rock it
Roll it over
Roll over Beethoven, rockiní in two by two

Well, early in the morniní Iím a-giviní you a warniní
Donít you step on my blue suede shoes
Hey diddle diddle, I am playiní my fiddle
I ainít got nothiní to lose
Roll over Beethoven and tell Tschaikowsky the news

Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven rockiní in two by two

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The Race Is On
(D. Rollins)
Lead Singer: Bill

I feel tears wellin' up goin' deep inside
Like my heart's gonna be breaking
And a stab of loneliness sharp and painful
Something that I can't take
You might say that I was taking it hard
Since she wrote me off with a call
Don't you wager that I'll hide the sorrow
When I may break right down and bawl

Now the race is on and here comes Pride up the backstretch
Heartaches are going to the inside
My Tears are holding back
They're tryin' not to fall
My Heart's out of the running
True Love's scratched for another's sake
The race is on and it looks like Heartaches
And the winner loses all

One day I ventured in love, never once suspectin'
What the final result would be
How I lived in fear of waking up each morning
Findin' that you're gone from me
There's ache and pain in my heart
For the one that knew that I hated to face
Somebody new came out to win her
I came out in second place

Now the race is on and here comes Pride up the backstretch
Heartaches are going to the inside
My Tears are holding back
They're tryin'not to fall
My Heart's out of the running
True Love's scratched for another's sake
The race is on and it looks like Heartaches
And the winner loses all

Well I feel tears wellin' up goin' deep inside
Like my heart's gonna be breaking
And a stab of loneliness sharp and painful
Something that I can't take
You might say that I was taking it hard
Since she wrote me off with a call
Don't you wager that I'll hide the sorrow
When I may break right down and bawl

Now the race is on and here comes Pride up the backstretch
Heartaches are going to the inside
My Tears are holding back
I'm a tryin'not to fall
My Heart's out of the running
True Love's scratched for another's sake
Now the race is on and it looks like Heartaches
And the winner loses all

Now the race is on and it looks like Heartaches
And the winner loses all

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Heart Full Of Soul
(Graham Gouldman)
Lead Singer: Bill

Sick at heart and lonely
Deep in dark despair
Ever one thought only
Tell me where is she where
And if she says to you
That she don't love me
Just give her my message
And tell her of my plea

And I know if I had her back again
I would never make her sad
I've gotta heart full of soul

She's been gone such a long time
Longer than I can bear
And if she says she wants me
Tell her I'll be there
But if she says to you
That she don't love me
Just give her my message
Tell her of my plea

And I know if I had her back again
I would never make her sad
I've gotta heart full of soul

Oh oh oh ah oh
Oh oh oh ah oh
Oh oh oh ah oh

And I know if I had her back again
I would never make her sad
I've gotta heart full of soul

Oh oh oh ah oh
Oh oh oh ah oh
Oh oh oh ah oh

And I know if I had her back again
I would never make her sad
I've gotta heart full of soul

And I know if I had her back again
I would never make her sad
I've gotta heart full of soul

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