HAVING A PARTY

Live 31 Dec 1977 version

[Southside Johnny:] You know this song!
This is a song by Sam Cooke!
Oh, yeah!
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm
Oooh, yeah
Hah, ha
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm
Mm, mm, mm, mm, mm
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Mm, mm, mm, mm
Come on take it down, you know you want to.
Take it down!
What's that, hm?
You're pretty, you know something?
Let me tell you about the evils of alcohol.
All in the world say they can. (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Say, it's all right (it's all right)
Say, it's all right (say, it's all right)
[Bruce Springsteen:] I got it!
I said, it's all right (it's all right)
Baby, it's all right (baby, it's all right)
Oh, it's all right (oh, it's all right)
I said, man, it's all right (man, it's all right)
Baby, it's all right (baby, it's all right)
I said, man, man, it's all right (man, it's all right)
Whoa, it's all right (it's all right)
Yeah, it's all right (baby, it's all right)
Oh, it's all right (baby, it's all right)
Baby, it's all right (it's all right)
Oh no!

[Southside Johnny:] You know the sound of this.
[Bruce Springsteen:] I do.
[Southside Johnny:] I said, like this:

[Southside and Springsteen:] Said, we're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
[Southside Johnny:] Baby
[Southside and Springsteen:] On the radio (whoo, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
So listen (listen), Mister DJ (yeah?)
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin'
[Bruce Springsteen:] With my baby

We're havin' a party
Everybody's -- oh, go 'head, Johnny!
[Southside Johnny:] Played by the DJ
On the radio
You know, the Coke is in the icebox
[Bruce Springsteen:] Hey, Johnny!
I said, the popcorn's on the table!
[Southside Johnny:] Popcorn!
Me and my baby
Are out here on the floor

[Southside and Springsteen:] 'Cause we're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mister DJ
Oh, keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby

[Southside Johnny:] Hold on!
I know everybody's swingin'
What'd you say about that one?
[Steve Van Zandt:] I know always doin' the twist now, always, baby!
[Southside Johnny:] If you take requests, well, well, well
[Steve Van Zandt:] I got a few for you, Brucie, tell 'em, tell 'em now!
[Bruce Springsteen:] Would you play that song called "Soul Twist"?
[Southside Johnny:] And play the one called "I Know"
[Southside and Van Zandt:] Oh, sweet baby
No other song will do

[Southside and Springsteen:] We're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
[Southside Johnny:] Five weeks for you, Hot Willie on guitar here!

Oh!

[Bruce Springsteen:] Clarence, brother, play that rhythm!

Oh, yeah!

[Southside Johnny:] I know everybody's swingin'
Sally's out there doing the boogaloo, shuffle, hully-guy
[Bruce Springsteen:] I see 'em!
[Southside Johnny:] If you take requests, (hey!) babe
I got a few for you
[Bruce Springsteen:] Won't you play that song called "Soul Twist"
[Southside Johnny:] Play that one called "I Know"
[Bruce Springsteen:] Don't forget the "Sue Me"
[Southside Johnny:] I do that one, Sue Me!
[Bruce Springsteen:] Any song will do

[Southside and Springsteen:] We're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mister DJ
Oh, keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time, out there
Dancin' with my baby
[Southside Johnny:] We have to take it up -- take it up!

[Southside and Springsteen:] We're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
[Southside Johnny:] You sing it, you sing it!

[Southside and Springsteen:] We're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby
'Cause I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' with my baby, yeah
I'm havin' such a good time
Dancin' (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
[Southside Johnny:] Oh, yeah, baby!
Said, I'm dancin'
[Bruce Springsteen:] Yeah, I'm dancin', huh
[Southside Johnny:] Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh! Oh! (laughs)
[Bruce Springsteen:] Whoa!
[Southside Johnny:] Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme that thing!
You better do it.
You gotta relax, people, 'cause we got a long way to go yet, baby!
With my...
[Southside and Springsteen:] Baby

Baby, it's all right, baby, it's all right, oh, baby, it's all right, baby, it's all right, baby, it's all right, baby, it's all right, oh, baby, 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, 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, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's all right, oh, yeah, it's all right, yeah, whoa!

Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
All right


Page last updated: 04 Oct 2011

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 31 Dec 1977 performance of HAVING A PARTY at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, with Southside Johnny, the Asbury jukes, and the E Street Band. This rendition of HAVING A PARTY features a bit of Curtis Mayfield's IT'S ALL RIGHT as an intro.


Promotional poster for the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
[Taken from Brucebase]

Ticket stub for the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
[Taken from Brucebase]

This was a new year's eve event headlined by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and broadcast live on WNEW-FM. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band made an unscheduled appearance at the end of the show, joining the Jukes onstage for a five-song set, starting with HAVING A PARTY. Springsteen and the band then kicked into another five-song set of their own. This unscheduled portion of the show was not broadcast on radio at the request of Springsteen personally, but an audience tape of it is available.

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Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake).