Chuck Berry - LITTLE QUEENIE

First performance: 1/09/1971


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 9 times : 
 
  • 2 times with the Bruce Springsteen Band
1971-09-01 - GARFIELD PARK, LONG BRANCH, NJ (The Bruce Springsteen Band)
1972-02-25 - THE BACK DOOR, RICHMOND, VA (The Bruce Springsteen Band) 
 
  • Born to run Tour 
1975-10-02 - UPTOWN THEATRE, MILWAUKEE, WI
1975-10-04 - MICHIGAN PALACE, DETROIT, MI
1975-11-24 - HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON, ENGLAND 
 
  • Off-Tour 
1988-11-26 - THE STONE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Southside Johnny)
 
  • Reunion tour 
Bruce opens the show with the reunion tour's only “Little Queenie”? not soundchecked or setlisted: "Now meanwhile, I was thinking. Band doesn't know I'm going to play this song. Key of B boys. Watch me!" 
 
  • Rising tour
2002-09-27 - BRADLEY CENTER, MILWAUKEE, WI 
 
  • Magic tour  
2008-08-23 - SCOTTRADE CENTER, ST LOUIS, MO

Songinfo

"Little Queenie" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1959. One year earlier Berry had released "Run Rudolph Run", a Christmas song with the same melody.
 
 
 

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 got lumps in my throat
When I saw her comin' down the aisle
I got the wiggles in my knees
When she looked at me and sweetly smiled
There she is again
Standin' over by the record machine
Looking like a model
On the cover of a magazine
She's too cute to be a minute over seventeen

Meanwhile I was thinkin'
If she's in the mood no need to break it
I got the chance and I oughta take it
If she can dance we can make it
C'mon queenie let's shake it

Go, go, go, little queenie
Go, go, go, little queenie
Go, go, go, little queenie

Tell me who's the queen
Standin' over by the record machine
Looking like a model
On the cover of a magazine
She's too cute to be a minute over seventeen

Meanwhile, I was still thinkin'
If it's a slow song, we'll omit it
If it's a rocker, then we'll get it
And if it's good, she'll admit it
C'mon queenie, let's get with it

Go, go, go, little queenie
Go, go, go, little queenie
Go, go, go, little queenie