Huey 'Piano' Smith and His Clowns  - SEA CRUISE

First performance: 28/05/1976


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 4 times:
 
1976-05-28 - HALSEY FIELD HOUSE, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY, ANNAPOLIS, MD
First known performance of "Sea Cruise" especially for the Naval Academy. Last show of the Chicken Scratch leg and final show of the Born to Run Tour.

1977-05-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (The Shakes)
Springsteen turns up on a quiet night (only about twenty to thirty patrons!) and ends up playing with Bob Campanell’s band The Shakes, who were a house band at the club at the time. Billy Smith has commented to Brucebase, “Springsteen was sitting at the bar alone and Campanell asked from the stage if he would like to play… Bruce smiled, put down his beer, walked across the empty dance floor and put on Bob's red guitar… he did "Jailhouse Rock" with all the Elvis moves, and "Sea Cruise" as well”. Springsteen may have also performed during a third song in The Shakes set (“Hit The Road, Jack”), although memories are a bit hazy on this point. 
 
  
All photos courtesy of Peter Howes/AsburyBrucePhotos.
 
1978-06-02 - HALSEY FIELD HOUSE, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY, ANNAPOLIS, MD
A midshipman threw his hat on stage during "Sea Cruise" - Bruce grabbed it and wore it during the song.
 
 

Songinfo

"Sea Cruise" is a song written and sung by Huey "Piano" Smith and His Clowns.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Old man rhythm is in my shoes
No use t'sittin' and a'singin' the blues
So be my guest, you got nothin' to lose
Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?
Feel like jumpin' baby won't ya join me please
I don't like beggin' but I'm on bended knee
I got to get t'rockin get my hat off the rack
I got to boogie woogie like a knife in the back
So be my guest, you got nothin' to lose
Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?
I got to get t'movin' baby I ain't lyin'
My heart is beatin' rhythm and it's right on time
So be my guest, you got nothin' to lose
Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?
Feel like jumpin' baby won't ya join me please
I don't like beggin' but I'm on bended knee
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Oo-ee, oo-ee baby
Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?