Richie Havens - RUN SHAKER LIFE

First performance: 20/11/1969


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 6 times in the Early years with Steel Mill:
 
 
 
 
1969-11-20 - THE CENTER, FREE UNIVERSITY, RICHMOND, VA (Steel Mill)
 
1970-05-23 - VCU GYM, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, RICHMOND, VA (Steel Mill)
Was performed in a medley 'For what it's worth '- 'Run, shaker life', 'Twenty more miles ' 
 
1970-07-17 - SUNSHINE IN, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Steel Mill) 
 
1970-08-14 - 7TH AND MARSHALL STREET PARKING DECK, RICHMOND, VA (Steel Mill)
 
 
1971-01-22 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Steel Mill)

Songinfo

Run, Shaker Life is a song arranged and adapted by Richie Havens, based on an old Shaker song probably from around 1700. Richie Havens released it on his 1968 album Something Else Again.  Richard Pierce Havens, known professionally as Richie Havens (January 21, 1941, Brooklyn, NY – April 22, 2013, Jersey City, NJ) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce had 1 performance with Richie Havens during the Clearwater Concert in honor of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday. ( 2009-05-03 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY )
 
 
 

Lyrics

Run, Shaker life, shake life eternal
Shake it out of me, all that is carnal
I'll be your Moses, I'll be your David
I'll show Michael twice, how he behaved
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Run, Shaker life, shake life eternal
Shake it out of me, all that is carnal
I'll be your Moses, I'll be your David
I'll show Michael twice, how he behaved
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Run, Shaker life, shake life eternal
Shake it out of me, all that is carnal
I'll be your Moses, I'll be your David
I'll show Michael twice, how, how he behaved
Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, oh, yeah, oh, yeah

Run, Shaker life, ooh yeah
Shaker life, run now
Shaker life, run now
Shaker life, run now
Shaker life, yeah, run now
Run, Shaker life, shake eternal
Shake it out of me, all that is carnal
I'll be your Moses and I'll be your David
I'll show Michael twice, how he behaved
Hmm, hmm, hmm, ohhh
Yeah-yeah, oh yeah, yeah, hmm

Shake life
Shake life
Shake it out of me
Shake it out of me, all that is carnal
Hmm, all that is carnal
I'll be your Moses, yeah, I'll be your David, yeah
I'll show Michael twice, yeah, how he behaved
How he behaved, behaved, behaved
Hmm-hmm-hmm
Hmm-hmm-hmm
Hmm-hmm-hmm
Hmm, oh yeah, oh
Oh whoa, oh whoa-woo
Oh whoa, oh whoa-woo
Oh whoa, hmm