HAVING A PARTY

Live 13 May 1977 (late show) version

[Steve Van Zandt:]
Oh, how you all doing out there tonight?
Everybody put your hands together! Come on!

Oh, yeah, help us out, 'cause we're gonna do this!
Oh, yeah
(Oh, yeah)
Come on folks, let's act like it's a nightclub, Let's go!
Everybody do their part!
Yeah, that's right, let's rock, go back there!
This is exactly is a nightclub!
Look, look, that's gospel right there.
The gospel according to Southside Johnny.
So let's start with a little, uh...

(Amen, amen)
(Amen, amen, amen)
It's the gospel
(Amen)
Oh, my darling
(Amen)
I feel good, now
(Amen)
Oh lord
(Amen, amen)
Can I hear it one more time?
(Amen)
So good, now
(Amen)
I feel all right
(Amen, amen)
And I think... I think it's time...
(Amen)
I think it's time that we crowd up the ceiling!
(Amen)
I think it's time we tied up this joint
(Amen)
I think it's time that we got a little feeling in our hearts, and we said...
(Amen, amen, amen)

[Van Zandt (with Springsteen on backup vocals):]
(We're havin' a party)
All right!
(Everybody's swingin')
Yes she is, baby!
(Dancin' to the music)
(On the radio)
Well, give me this beat! (ooh!)
(So listen up, Mister)
It' s brilliant!
(Mister DJ)
Keep them playin'!
(Keep those records playin')
Uh huh!
('Cause I'm havin' such a good time) Right!
(Dancin' with my baby)
Everybody say!

We're havin' a party
[Bruce Springsteen:] Oh, yes we is!
[Van Zandt (with Springsteen on backup vocals):]
Everybody's swingin'
Played by the DJ
Oh, on the radio
Yeah!
Well I know that the Coke is in the icebox
And the popcorn is on the table
And me and my baby
We, we are out there on the floor tonight!

We're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On the radio
Oh, yeah!
So listen, Mister DJ
All right!
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
Whoa!

Everybody's swingin'
[Bruce Springsteen:] Swing it, Stevie!
[Van Zandt (with Springsteen on backup vocals):] I know that you feel, doin' the Twist
[Bruce Springsteen:] All night long!
[Van Zandt (with Springsteen on backup vocals):] Doin' that Twist
Hey Chuck, I got a few requests for you! Go!
[Bruce Springsteen:] Go on and played that song called "Soul Twist"!
[Steve Van Zandt:] Oh, yeah!
[Bruce Springsteen:] And then play that one called "I Know"!
[Steve Van Zandt:] Yeah!
[Clarence Clemons:] Don't forget "The Mashed Potato"!
[Steve Van Zandt:] Uh huh!
[Bruce Springsteen:] No other song's gonna do!

[Steve (with Bruce on backup vocals):] Ah, here you come!
'Cause we're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Yeah,dancin' to the music
Oh, on that radio (don't you, don't you, don't you, don't you)
So listen, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
Give my by the band a little while!

[Bruce Springsteen:] Oh, yeah! (Oh, yeah!)

[Steve Van Zandt:] Gotta be, gotta be bad, woman!

We're gonna go a little bit higher now! Little bit higher now!

[Steve Van Zandt:] Everybody's swinging
I know it feels real nice doin' the twist
[Bruce Springsteen:] Well, if you take requests
[Steve Van Zandt:] Well, I, I know, I know the Boss has a few for you
[Bruce Springsteen:] Hey, play that song called "Soul Twist"
[Steve Van Zandt:] Oh, yeah!
[Bruce Springsteen:] And that other one called "I Know"
[Steve Van Zandt:] Play that, baby!
[Bruce Springsteen:] And don't forget "The Mashed Potato"!
[Steve Van Zandt:] Yeah!
[Bruce Springsteen:] No other song will do!
[Steve Van Zandt:] Hey!

[Van Zandt (with Springsteen singing backup):]
'Cause we're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music, baby
On the radio
Music is good, for one!
Listen, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
Go up!

We're havin' a party
I can't hear you!
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music, yeah
On the radio
Now listen, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' a good time
Dancin' with my baby
Bring it one more time!

We're havin' a party
All right!
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
Oh, baby, on the radio
I know, I know!
So listen, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
Well, I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
Well, I'm havin' a good time
Dancin', whoa, whoa
Whoa!
Whoa
[Steve Van Zandt:] Well, I'm dancin'
[Bruce Springsteen:] Well I'm, well I'm dancin'
And I'm all right
[Steve Van Zandt:] Am I call, you fall over to the left around midnight
Well, I know you always look right
And me and my baby, 'cause I need you, my pretty woman
Well, I need a girl, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, sweet
[Van Zandt (with Springsteen on backup vocals):] Daaaaaancin'
With my baby

Oh, baby, it's all right (baby, it's all right)
[Bruce Springsteen:] Oh, you know that it's all right
[Steve Van Zandt:] Oh, baby, it's all right
[Bruce Springsteen:] I said, I said it's all right
[Van Zandt (with Bruce on backup vocals:] Oh, baby says it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, baby, it's all right
We gotta go all night, here!
Oh, baby, it's all right!
Oh!
I love you too, baby!

You see?

[Steve Van Zandt:] Yeah, thank you very much! Yeah! Thank you!


Page last updated: 25 Sep 2011

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 13 May 1977 late show performance of HAVING A PARTY at Monmouth Arts Center in Red Bank, NJ. The song was performed with The Asbury Park All-Star Revue. Steve Van Zandt was on lead vocals and Bruce Springsteen on guitar and backup vocals. On this late show, Curtis Mayfield's song AMEN was segued into HAVING A PARTY.

Four Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes gigs were scheduled on 12 and 13 May 1977 (two shows each night) at Monmouth Arts Center in Red Bank, NJ. Southside fell ill and couldn't perform, so Steve Van Zandt came to the rescue by organizing The Asbury Park All-Star Revue, a combination of the Asbury Jukes, the E Street Band, Ronnie Spector, and Bruce Springsteen. The first night's two shows were rearranged into a single concert.

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Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake). Some of the above info is taken from Brucebase.