Chuck Berry  - BETTY JEAN

First performance: 2/02/1992


Coverinfo

As far as it's known, Bruce played the song 2 times :
 
1988-03-23 - THE OMNI, ATLANTA, GA
 
 
1992-02-02 - MAPLE LEAF BAR, NEW ORLEANS, LA (The Iguanas)
With The Iguanas. Bruce (and Patti) drop in to the New Orleans bar while in town filming the "Human Touch" music video. Iguana's saxophonist Derek Huston tells that Springsteen asked Huston not to introduce him by name. So Bruce instead entered the stage to "Louie". They sing Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame", "Save The Last Dance For Me" and Chuck Berry's "Betty Jean" .
 
The Iguanas : 
The Iguanas, hailing from New Orleans, where Latin and Caribbean music have a long and glorious history of interaction with R&B, blues and jazz, The Iguanas was formed in 1989 by guitarist/accordionist Rod Hodges and Joe Cabral, who alternates between saxophone and a traditional Mexican stringed instrument known as the bajo sexto. The two also share lead vocal duties. Within a few years, the current longtime lineup that includes bassist Rene Coman and drummer Doug Garrison, along with saxophonist Derek Huston, was assembled. The Iguanas emerged as one of the most popular bands in one of the world's most musical cities. Their sound has been described as combining Chicano rock, R&B, Conjunto and various Latin styles into a deep groove. 
 

Songinfo

"Betty Jean" is a song by Chuck Berry and appears on the album Rockin' At The Hops (1960) and on the album The Chess Years (1991).
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

When Chuck Berry died Bruce tweeted :

"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."
Springsteen and Berry played together on at least two occasions. As back up at the University of Maryland in 1973. Springsteen asked what songs they were going to do. Berry said : " we're going to do some Chuck Berry songs." More than 20 years later, Springsteen again played backup for Berry, at a concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, celebrating the opening of the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
 
 

Lyrics

I love the way you talk (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Speaking little, saying a lot (oh yeah Betty Jean)
I love the way you walk (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Looks like you're dancing but you're not (oh yeah Betty Jean)
I love the way you love (oh yeah Betty Jean)
You give it everything you've got (oh yeah Betty Jean)

Ooh ah oh baby (sing the song Chuckie Boy)
I'm in love with you, whoa! Whoa! (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Whoa oh oh baby (keep it singing Chuckie Boy)
I'm in love with you (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Woah oh baby (keep it singing Chuckie Boy)
Could you love me too? (Oh yeah Betty Jean)

Every time I knock, knock, knock (oh yeah Betty Jean)
I hear you say, "Come in" (oh yeah Betty Jean)
My heart goes a boomp-boomp (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Just to hold you again (oh yeah Betty Jean)
I hear bells ding-a-ling (oh yeah Betty Jean)
'Cause you're the living end (oh yeah Betty Jean)

Ooh ah ooh baby (sing the song Chuckie Boy)
I'm in love with you, whoa! Ha! (Oh yeah Betty Jean)
Ah oh baby (keep it singing Chuckie Boy)
I'm in love with you (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Oh baby (keep it singing Chuckie Boy)
Could you love me too? (Oh yeah Betty Jean)

(Sing the song Chuckie Boy)
(Sing the song Chuckie Boy)

I bet you wouldn't think a dance (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Could start a real romance (oh yeah Betty Jean)
I bet you wouldn't think a kiss (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Could turn me on like this (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Well let me tell you like it was (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Yes it did, yes it does, whoa! (Oh yeah Betty Jean)

Oh Baby (sing the song Chuckie Boy)
I'm in love with you, whoa! (Oh yeah Betty Jean)
Ohhh baby (keep it singing Chuckie Boy)
I'm in love with you (oh yeah Betty Jean)
Oh oh oh baby (keep it singing Chuckie Boy)
Could you love me too? (Oh yeah Betty Jean)

Whoa! Whoa! Baby I'm in love
Whoa! Baby I'm in love in with you
Whoaaa! I'm in love with you
Whoa! Come on baby [fades]