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Neil Diamond Cracklin Rosie Live 1970

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Added by kathy
8 years ago on 21 July 2012 09:06

Neil Diamond performs "Cracklin' Rosie" live in a BBC concert in 1970.

LYRICS
Cracklin' Rosie, get on board
We're gonna ride till there ain't no more to go
Taking it slow
Lord, don't you know
Have made me a time with a poor man's lady

Hitchin' on a twilight train
Ain't nothing here that I care to take along
Maybe a song
To sing when I want
Don't need to say please to no man for a happy tune

Oh, I love my Rosie child
You got the way to make me happy
You and me, we go in style
Cracklin Rose, you're a store bought woman
You make me sing like a guitar hummin'
So hang on to me, girl
Our song keeps runnin' on

Play it now
Play it now, my baby

Cracklin' Rosie, make me a smile
Girl if it lasts for an hour, that's al right
We got all night
To set the world right
Find us a dream that don't ask no questions, yeah

Oh, I love my Rosie child
You got the way to make me happy
You and me, we go in style
Cracklin Rose, you're a store-bought woman
You make me sing like a guitar hummin'
So hang on to me, girl
Our song keeps runnin' on

Play it now
Play it now
Play it now, my baby

Cracklin' Rosie, make me a smile
Girl if it lasts for an hour, that's all right
We got all night
To set the world right
Find us a dream that don't ask no question, yeah


Songfacts

"Cracklin' Rosie" is a bottle of wine. Diamond got the idea for the song from a folk story of an Indian tribe in Northern Canada who had more men than women. He told David Wild at Rolling Stone "On Saturday nights when they go out, the guys all get their girl; the guys without girls get a bottle of Cracklin' Rosie, that's their girl for the weekend." (thanks to David Wild, author of He Is...I Say How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond)

This was Neil Diamond's first American #1 hit, although he had previously written a number of hits for other artists including "I'm A Believer," which was a 1966 #1 for The Monkees. Two years after "Cracklin' Rosie," he topped the American charts again with "Song Song Blue" and in 1978 his duet with Barbara Streisand, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" became his third and last US #1.

This was Diamond's most successful single in the UK. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)