Mitch Rider and The Detroit Wheels - DETROIT MEDLEY

First performance: 23/09/1975


Coverinfo

The Detroit Medley is a medley of various songs - including in this medley, depending on the period. The song titled "Detroit Medley" refers directly to the Detroit Wheels. "Devil With a Blue Dress", "Jenny Take a Ride", "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "C.C. Rider" are the core section of the medley but from time to time it blends in a variety of other songs. Often featuring guitar solos from Springsteen and piano solos by Roy Bittan. 
 

Songinfo

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels had a top 10 hit in the 60s with a single that combined the traditional blues song 'CC Rider' 'Jenny, Jenny' (aka 'Jenny Take a Ride'). Wanting to repeat the formula, Ryder & the Detroit Wheels paired 'Devil With The Blue Dress' — a hit for Shorty Long on Motown’s Soul label — with 'Good Golly Miss Molly', another Little Richard classic. They reached no. 4 in 1966, creating a sonic boom forever associated with Detroit. Bruce Springsteen most of the time uses all four songs for the 'Detroit Medley.'
 
 
The medley Bruce brings is based on the  Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels' medley, but the core songs are originally from other artists :
 
  • Devil with a Blue Dress On (also known as "Devil with the Blue Dress On") is a song written by Shorty Long and William "Mickey" Stevenson, first performed by Long and released as a single in 1964. A later version recorded by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels in 1966 peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
  • Good Golly, Miss Molly" is a hit rock 'n' roll song first recorded in 1956 by the American musician Little Richard and released in January 1958 
  • See See Rider", also known as "C.C. Rider", "See See Rider Blues" or "Easy Rider", is a popular American 12-bar blues song, originally recorded by Gertrude "Ma" Rainey in 1924. 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Devil with a blue dress, blue dress, blue dress
Devil with a blue dress on
Devil with a blue dress, blue dress, blue dress
Devil with a blue dress on
Fee, fee, fi, fi, fo, fo, fum
Look at Molly now, here she comes
Wearin' her wig hat and shades to match
She's got high-heel shoes and an alligator hat
Wearin' her pearls and her diamond rings
She's got bracelets on her fingers, now, and everything
She's the devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on
Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on
Wearin' her perfume, Channel # 5
Got to be the finest looking woman alive
She looks so pretty every time she walks by
The boys are too nervous even to say "Hi"
Not too skinny, she's not too fat
She's a real humdinger and I like it like that
She's the devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on
Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on

("Good Golly Miss Molly" interlude:)
Good golly, Miss Molly, you sure like to ball
Good golly, Miss Molly, you sure like to ball
While you're rockin' and rollin'
Can't you hear your mama call
From the early, early mornin' 'til the early, early nights
See Miss Molly rockin' at the House of Blue Lights
Good golly, Miss Molly, you sure like to ball
While you're rockin' and rollin'
Can't you hear your mama call
Hey!
Oh see, see see rider
Oh see, what you have done now
Oh see, see see rider
I said see, what you have done now
Ahh You made me love you
now, now, now your man has gone

Oh, I'm going with my baby, and I won't be back till fall yeah
Oh, I'm going with my baby, and I won't be back till fall yeah
And if I find me a new girl, I won't be back at all

Ah Jenny Jenny Jenny, wont you come along with me
Jenny Jenny Jenny, wont you come along with me
I worry bout you baby (?spendin nights in misery?)

Spinnin', spinnin' spinnin' spinnin' like a spinnin' top
Spinnin', spinnin' spinnin' spinnin' like a spinnin' top
Come along baby (?...feelin' love?)

Yeah see, see see rider
Oh see, what you have done now
Oh see, see see rider
Ah come on see, what you have done now
Ahh You made me love you
now, now, now, now your man has gone
Ah Jenny Jenny Jenny, wont you come along with me
Jenny Jenny Jenny, wont you come along with me
Come along girl (??)
Spin spin spinnin like a spinnin top
Spin spin spinnin like a spinnin top