Phul Upchurch - YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN

First performance: 01/08/1976


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 42 times:  He also included the song a few times as a snippet during 'light of day' and Mary's Place. It was the Dovell's version that Bruce's cover is based on. 
 
 
1976-08-01 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ
1976-08-02 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ
1976-08-03 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ
1976-08-05 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ
1976-08-06 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ
1976-08-07 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ
1976-08-21 - PALACE THEATER, WATERBURY, CT
1976-08-22 - SPRINGFIELD CIVIC CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MA
1976-09-26 - ARIZONA VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PHOENIX, AZ
1976-10-18 - McDONOUGH ARENA, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC
1977-03-20 - ALUMNI HALL, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, PROVIDENCE, RI
1977-03-22 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-23 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-24 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-25 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-12-31 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ (Southside Johnny)
1978-05-23 - SHEA'S BUFFALO THEATRE, BUFFALO, NY
1978-05-26 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-05-27 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-05-29 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1978-06-05 - SPORTS ARENA, TOLEDO, OH
1978-08-25 - TOAD'S PLACE, NEW HAVEN, CT (Beaver Brown)
1978-09-16 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-12-08 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX
1979-04-15 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Beaver Brown)
1981-07-11 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Clarence Clemons)
1981-07-15 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-16 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-19 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-29 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1981-08-04 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1981-08-11 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1981-08-16 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO
1981-08-20 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-08-24 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-08-27 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-09-08 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL
1982-02-20 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Beaver Brown)
1987-07-31 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Marshall Crenshaw)
1999-09-21 - FIRST UNION CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA  (snippet light of day)
1999-09-24 - FIRST UNION SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA  (snippet light of day)
1999-09-25 - FIRST UNION CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA (snippet light of day)
2008-08-15 - JACKSONVILLE VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA, JACKSONVILLE, FL (played in full and as a snippet during Mary's Place) 
2009-04-28 - WACHOVIA SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
2009-07-19 - STADIO OLIMPICO, ROME, ITALY
2009-10-19 - WACHOVIA SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
2011-07-17 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK, NJ (J.T. Bowen & The Sensational Soul Cruisers)
2012-04-17 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND, OH  (snippet light of day) 
2012-09-02 - CITIZENS BANK PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PA
 
 
 

Songinfo

"You Can't Sit Down" was originally recorded in 1959 as "Can't Sit Down" by The Bim Bam Boos on Dasher Records catalogue number D-500 and credited to Dasher - Muldrow, it featured Philip Upchurch on guitar and Cornell Muldrow on organ. The later better-known recording of "You Can't Sit Down" by Phil Upchurch and his Combo (Upchurch, Muldrow, David Brooks, Mac Johnson and Joe Haddick) was re-recorded in New Orleans in 1960 and released in 1961 by Boyd Records (Boyd 3398) of Oklahoma with distribution by United Artists Records. Upchurch's own version reached #29 on the Billboard pop charts. This was followed by the vocal cover version by the Dovells that reached number three on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1963. It is based, at least in part, on the gospel song "Sit Down Servant".
 
 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

INSTRUMENTAL
 
Original The Dovells version

Hey pretty baby
(You can't sit down)
A-don't you hear the drummer thumping
(You can't sit down)
You got to shake it like you're crazy
(You can't sit down)
A-'cause the band is saying something
(You can't sit down)
Everybody is a-jumping
(You can't sit down)
You gotta slop, bop, flip flop, hip hop all around
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)

You gotta move, move, move around and round
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)
You gotta fly, fly, fly way off the ground
They're putting down a crazy sound
No no you can't sit down, no no you can't sit down

When you're on South Street
(You can't sit down)
And the band is really booting
(You can't sit down)
You hear the hip beat with the back beat
(You can't sit down)
And you see the gang a-grooving
(You can't sit down)
A-gotta get your motor moving
(You can't sit down)
You gotta make it, break it, shake it all around
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)

You gotta move, move, move around and round
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)
You gotta fly, fly, fly way off the ground
They're putting down a crazy sound
No no you can't sit down, no no you can't sit down

A yeah, yeah, yeah, hey pretty baby
(You can't sit down)
A-don't you really dance so fine now
(You can't sit down)
You're really shaking like you're crazy
(You can't sit down)
A-don't you never leave the line now
(You can't sit down)
A-gonna do it one more time now
(You can't sit down)
You gotta slop, bop, flip flop, hip hop, never stop
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)

You gotta move, move, move around and round
(You can't sit down, you can't sit down)
You gotta fly, fly, fly way off the ground
They're putting down a crazy sound
No no you can't sit down, no no you can't sit down
No no you can't sit down, no no you can't sit down

You gotta move, move, move around and round
(You can't sit down, no no you can't sit down)
You gotta fly, fly, fly way off the ground
They're putting down a crazy sound
No no you can't sit down...