Rock And Roll Lullaby

Album: Billy Joe Thomas (1972)
Charted: 15
  • She was just sixteen and all alone when I came to be
    So we grew up together, my mama-child and me
    Now things were bad and she was scared but whenever I would cry
    She'd calm my fear and dry my tears
    With a rock and roll lullaby

    And she'd sing
    Sha-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, it'll be all right
    Sha-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, just hold on tight
    Sing it to me, mama
    My, my, my, my mama
    Sing it sweet and clear, oh mama let me hear
    That old rock and roll lullaby

    We made it through the lonely days but, Lord, the nights were long
    And we'd dream of better mornin's when mama sang a song
    Now I can't recall the words at all, it don't make sense to try
    'cause I just knew lotsa love came through
    In that rock and roll lullaby

    And she'd sing
    Sha-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, it'll be all right
    Sha-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, just hold on tight
    I can hear ya, mama
    My, my, my, my mama
    Nothin' moves my soul like the sound of the good old
    Rock and roll lullaby

    Just hold on tight
    My, my, my, my mama
    Nothin' moves my soul like the sound of the good old
    Rock and roll lullaby
    Writer/s: BUDDY BUIE, J COBB
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 19

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenNever realized that was Duane Eddy's "twangy" guitar!
  • Guy Loehr from Californiathe Beach Boys did not help with this recording.. sounds like them, but it isn't...
  • Mary Leandri from WnyI was 13 yrs old when Rock N Roll Lulaby came out. I had already been to 3 concerts In Buffalo NY -The Beach Boys. I love them been to every single concert in WNY (Never missed a single one) even Bison Stadium John Stamos was on drums! & then Seneca Alleghany Casino approx 9 1/2 years ago. I can clearly hear Brian Wilson and if not Brian then Carl Wilson and Mike Love. I am also waiting for a confirmation from someone in The Beach Boy's immediate family. I also went here to confirm and all of us that said it are not nuts! Lol
  • Ed from Asheville, Nc@Tori: The reason I came to this website to get some background on this song is because I was listening to it this morning and thought that it certainly sounded like the Beach Boys doing the back up vocals, especially toward the end. Based on my ear, I would say it is
    the Beach Boys.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 6th 1972, "Rock & Roll Lullaby" by B.J. Thomas entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #71; and on March 26th it peaked at #15 (for 2 weeks) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on March 19th, 1972 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart; it was the third of four #1s on the 'Adult' chart (the others were "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (1969), "I Just Can't Help Believing" (1970), and "(Hey Won't You Play) Another
    Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" (1975)...
    Mr. Thomas, born Billy Joe Thomas, will celebrate his 72nd birthday this coming August 7th (2014).
  • Tori from Omaha, NeAs a matter of fact, I went to a B. J. Thomas concert back in the 70's and He said that the Beach Boys did do the background vocals for this song. I figured he wouldn't lie to his fans.
  • Kent from Lodi, CaAs I read the story, they wanted a "Duane Eddy" sounding guitar/guitarist for this song and after trying a couple of guitarists, someone got the bright idea of calling Duane Eddy, who then nailed this song like no one else could. The B.J. Thomas CDs with this song don't really bring out Eddy's part. If you can find it, there's a complilation of a bunch of '70s songs and the mix on that particular disc really brings Eddy's contribution to the front.
  • Anna from Lafollette, TnHi, Pamela (Atascadero, CA) You are very welcome. This is a very touching and lovely song. Thank you! Regards, Anna
  • Thomas from Oklahoma City, OkWhat an incredible voice this man has!
  • Mixermatt from Bloomington, MnRock and Roll Lullaby -- Is a song that can pull on your heart strings as you try to sing the song.
  • Pamela from Atascadero, CaIt may be hard to believe, but a 14 year old girl who had lost both of her parents is the one who wrote the song Rock n Roll Lullaby. I am so deeply moved and surprized that so many people were touched by it. I truly thank you all !!!
  • J from Toronto, CanadaSurprised that nobody has mentioned that Stevie Wonder also makes an appearance on this rather historic recording.
  • Bill from Downers Grove, IlI had read the Beach Boys sang background on this. Does sound like Dennis and Carl in spots. Can anyone confirm this?
  • Joni from Sacramento, CaI was 16 in 1973 and had a baby girl. I was actually 15 when she was born but the song came out while she was still very little. I wasn't alone like the Mama in the song-in fact, I was married & had lots of family support. Still, I could relate to the the song & always sung it to my daughter. It was so pretty & she loved it!
    I am vey happy to have found this site. Now I can buy a C.D. & hear Rock and Roll Lullaby whenever I get nostalgic- My baby girl is 35 years old now & has 4 babies of her own!
  • Dave from Oak Park, MiIt was actually written by Barry Mann & I think, his wife Cynthia Weil; two Brill Building-era songwriters in an era which included Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond and Carol King. Barry Mann (not to be confused with Manilow) also played the electric piano.
  • Krissy from Troy, OhThis was the song my mom used to sing as my lullaby--makes sense since I was born in '73. I was trying to remember the lyrics and was so glad I found them on this website. I'd like to find a recording of it, and now I have a start on how to find one. Yea!
  • Dave from Oak Park, MiWhere have you heard of Mike Love being on this? Brian Wilaon was actually going to be chosen for the "chorus" but he could not be reached; a "Beach Boys-Like" chorus was used with Session-Vocalists, Gene Morford, Ron Hicklin and Tom Bahler. But David Sommerville of The Diamonds WAS persent, as were The Blossoms.
  • Max from Greensboro, Ncbackground vocals also by Mike Love of The Beach Boys and David Summerville of The Diamonds

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