Rare Earth - Big John Is My Name Lyrics




Well I like what I do, and I do what like
What I do? Hey, I play the funky music
Yeah yeah, said I like what I do, and I do what like
What I do? Hey, I play the funky music
Hey, I wanna tell you now

Some of my friends smoke a little dope
I gotta say, some of my friends sniff a little dope
Well hey yeah, different strokes for different folks
But me, playing funky music all night
That's turns me on, wow
And for all you sophisticated folks we get it on every night at nine,
Don't look for no flashy club with the flashy neon sign.
I must warn you there'll be a whole lotta folks there drinkin and sweatin, and some cursin'
And the folks in the back they're throwin' some bets

Big John is my name
Playing funkly music is my claim to fame
From the big city
Me and my band specialize in the nitty gritty
Big John is my name
Playing funkly music is my claim to fame
From the big city
Me and my band specialize in the nitty gritty

Play my music in every honky tonk joint
From Maine to Mexico
Some of them folks ain't got no shoes
Smellin' like all outdoors
I got invited to The White House
But I had to turn it down
'Cause me and my band can't stand
What saddity folks are puttin' down
I might not ever make the big time
'Cause honky tonk joints, that's my style
In a one bulb lighted room
Where the women wear fifty cent perfume

Big John is my name
Playing funkly music is my claim to fame
From the big city
Me and my band specialize in the nitty gritty
Big John is my name
Playing funky music is my claim to fame
From the big city
Me and my band specialize in the nitty gritty

I wanna know can you get down, yeah
All the way down down, yeah...





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  1. Jalilah Kush-Nazimah

    Back then they got invited to the white house but they had to turn it down cause he and his band couldn't stand what the fakers and haters was putting down 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  2. Jalilah Kush-Nazimah

    Well I like this song I like what I do and I do what I like love me some RARE EARTH

  3. Amber-Lee Gamotis

    Whoa momma

  4. Marvin Smith

    "me and my band specialize in the nitty gritty". LOVE IT !!

  5. Tyrone Broadnax

    One Of My All Time Favorite Songs, Still Jamming In 2019!!!!

  6. rondmc44

    Sounds a little like P-funk... With a Disco intro...

  7. Chris Hinnant

    I can't believe this record didn't make the charts. One of the funkiest songs ever.

  8. german gallego tejada

    VILLAHERMOSA TOLIMA, COLOMBIA, VACACIONES DE JULIO DE 1974, 30 DIAS INAGOTABLES CON ESTE TEMA, DISCOTECA LA CABAÑA, UFFFFFF QUE RUMBA INOLVIDABLE, BIG JHON IS MY NAME....

  9. TheRealTommyRock

    that's a funky jam!

  10. Andrew Perry

    As clear as day rare earth.get down.

  11. Sky Surfer

    The Absolutely Best White/Black Band Ever! Sure Glad I Grew Up In That Era!

  12. Michael Metzger

    With all the past Artist,who have come back,this band would be well welcomed,We feel it's about time that the Bands who left,come back to us,They need to know that they have not been Forgotten,Funk on Rare Earth.

  13. Jim Rivera

    Nothing like a quiet moonlit country road at night with some friends from Days Gone By and hearing this JAM...

  14. beat maeder

    Ich kanns fast nicht Glauben! Dieses Spitzenstück aus 1972, Da würden einige dass Tanzbein schwingen!!!! BEAT

  15. Stevon Jop

    Got invited to the White House turned it down sounds familiar.

  16. Chris Greise

    Awesome! Love Peter's voice and funky beat. The good things never change.

  17. Michael Powell

    In 1974, I was the all night DJ at a St. Louis soul station, playing every Motown record out, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Rare Earth. They were one of the FEW pop/rock (white) groups we played. I haven't heard Big John since then. It's still funky.

    Michael Metzger

    Your Right they Were the only White Group at that Time,so Motown did Right by letting them in.Me,I'm from Flint Michigan,just outside of Detroit,North of Detroit.I don't know the Amount that did have their First cut,but I am a fan of Detroit Funk,and Detroit R & B,and as you said,it's still Funky,it's still sad that Rare Earth left the Stage,but this is still Great Music.

  18. Skoric Darko

    Some wil go Swimming.other Walk.--BEAUTIFUL--I listen the Best music.from time to time.i move the leg.

  19. Chris Greise

    Big Pete, funkin' awesome song! So true!

  20. Frank Geeraerts

    Same drive , same energie as heard for the first time so many years ago ......thanks for the upload , have still the original vinyl....

  21. Victor Mckinley

    Rare earth.real rap.

  22. O G Meech Jenkins

    Man thiz was the shit

  23. Livingstun West

    HIP HOP this-bitch!

  24. George Kurt

    it's "the meters" style.. i like! :D

  25. Göksel ŞAHIN

    reef = paradise city from GNR

  26. andrás pávai

    my best music

  27. András Pávai

    my best music

  28. e37a

    Funk at its finest...

    Michael Metzger

    To say the Lease

  29. IAMTOPWRENCH1

    Memories from high school ----- platform shoes/angel flights/silk shirt/hair @ the middle of my back .. .. ..

  30. JS Clashroyale

    Do wath you like, and like waht you do...simple Think

  31. aoldone57

    One of the most funky tracks ever laid

  32. e37a

    Rare Earth...Motown's first funk band!!!!!!

  33. acerb45666555

    One of you rockers,(from Texas hopefully), make an honor song for rocker Hank Johnson. (Murdered, Hearne, Texas). God bless his brave soul.

  34. acerb45666555

    Fuckin sweeet! *****

  35. 6787millrat

    Grew up on this, great upload thanx.

  36. jack gregory

    RARE EARTH"S VERSION IS BLUE EYED TAKE ON BIG JOHN IS MY NAME IS GREAT, ITS JUST THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH"S VERSION IS SENSATIONAL AND TOTALY UNIQUE, WELL DONE NORMAN WHITFIELD FOR CREATING TWO ICONIC VERSIONS OF THE SAME SONG.

    Jalilah Kush-Nazimah

    You mean smiling faces???? Not big John but if undisputed truth did big John I missed it but if they did in playing it next 1🤔🤔🤔🤔💃🕺🥁🥁🎹🎵🎶🎶🎈🎈🎈

  37. kritiyas

    Thanks Dustyologist II, brings back lots of priceless memories..