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Allison is an influential Jazz musician. This song, which he wrote, is about how talk is cheap and words can be misinterpreted, so it's better to say nothing at all.
The Yardbirds did a popular cover of this song for their 1965 album For Your Love. On their official site, Yardbirds bass player Chris Dreja says of this song: "That's just the band - no guests involved. The track encompasses what great energy the band has. It's got all those little unexpected timing changes and loads of energy. It's just a cracking track, really - I love to play it. It's dead honest - the perfect opener. It's not going to scare people that the Yardbirds have gone all weird. And it says what we are live." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
," a tribute to Mose Allison, was one of the tracks on The Pixies' 1990 Bossanova
Mike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
Kerry Livgren of Kansas
In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."