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I Clovers, “Your Cash Ain’t Nothing But Trash” e Charles Calhoun

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“Your Cash Ain’t Nothing But Trash” è un vecchio rhythm & blues tornato alla luce alla fine degli anni ’60 grazie alla rock star Steve Miller e ancora nel 1994 per essere stato inserito in una raccolta di oldies da parte del famoso Huey Lewis (“Four Chords & Several Years Ago”).

La versione originale risale al 1954, venne incisa dai Clovers (trio dal 1946, quintetto dal 1949 ad oggi) una delle band più longeve della storia del rhythm’n’blues, e in termini più generali del rock, e tra le prime ad aver registrato per la Atlantic Records, con la quale rimasero dal 1950 al 1957.
In “C’era Una Volta il Doo-Wop” Roberto Giuli scrive “i Clovers, uno dei gruppi più importanti di sempre, rappresentano un punto di ulteriore evoluzione rispetto alla tradizione dei gruppi pre bellici, dei quali adattano i caratteri musicali, una miscela di blues, gospel e pop, agli stilemi del moderno rhythm’n’blues”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddnDuR8QG-s

I più grandi successi del gruppo di Washington DC sono “Don’t You Know I Love You” e “Fool, Fool, Fool” entrambe del 1951, “Ting-A-Ling” (1952), “Lovey Dovey” (1954), “Devil or Angel” (1956) ma soprattutto “Love Potion No. 9” (1959, di Jerry Leiber e Mike Stoller) brano posizionatosi soltanto al nr 23 della classifica r&b, ma il più famoso della band grazie alla quantità e qualità delle cover di cui è stato oggetto.

Your cash ain’t nothing but trash (Take 1). Here we go. Yeah, you may have heart about the gangster
One, two, three, hey
Yeah
It’s alright
Look here

I was walking down the main track
One night
I met a fine chick
She was built just right
She stopped when I flashed my roll
I told her she could have all of my dough
She turned around and with a frown
She said this ain’t no circus
And I don’t need a clown

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
And there ain’t no need in your hangin’ around

Just to make a hit with that chick
I tried to get a Cadillac right quick
The man at the place he looked so strange
I had 900 bucks and some change
We disagreed
I tried to plead
Well, he said I ain’t a chicken
And I don’t need your feed

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Well, baby you’re crawling way past your speed

I was walkin’ into town in my white bucks
A man with a gun, he said hands up
I tried to get away but too slow
He got me and took all of my dough
I heard him shout
As he cut out
Well you ain’t lost nothin’
What you cryin’ about

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
And he took my watch and I passed out

I woke up in the arms of a big cop
Police station
Next stop
Judge swung his fist down
Plunk, plunk
$20 Fine ’cause you’re drunk
Pick up the dough
And you can go
All I had was a buffalo

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
But I’m sure gonna get me some more

Autore di “ Your Cash Ain’t Nothing But Trash” è Jesse Stone (16/11/1901-1/4/1999), conosciuto in tutto il mondo con lo pseudonimo di Charles Calhoun per aver scritto canzoni del calibro di “Shake Rattle And Roll”, “Flip Flop And Fly” registrate da Big Joe Turner e successivamente da Bill Haley e “Money Honey” dai Drifters con Clyde McPhatter, e arrangiato brani divenuti di enorme successo quali “Sh-Boom” dei Chords.
Le canzoni di Charles Calhoun sono state eseguite da Sam Cooke, Jerry Garcia, Commander Cody, Isaac Hayes, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Ry Cooder, Wanda Jackson e mille altri. Ahmet Ertegun, il boss dell’Atlantic Records, una volta disse che Calhoun contribuì allo sviluppo del rock’n’roll più di chiunque altro.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Feq_Nt3nM

Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
Well, roll my breakfast ’cause I’m a hungry man

[Chorus:]
I said Shake, rattle and roll
I said Shake, rattle and roll
I said Shake, rattle and roll
I said Shake, rattle and roll
Well, you never do nothin’ to save your doggone soul

Wearin’ those dresses, your hair done up so nice
Wearin’ those dresses, your hair done up so nice
You look so warm, but your heart is cold as ice

[Chorus]

I’m like a one-eyed cat, peepin’ in a sea-food store
I’m like a one-eyed cat, peepin’ in a sea-food store
I can look at you, tell you don’t love me no more

I believe you’re doin’ me wrong and now I know
I believe you’re doin’ me wrong and now I know
The more I work, the faster my money goes

[Chorus]

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