Honaloochie Boogie

Album: Mott (1973)
Charted: 12
Play Video
  • I was a city child with a dead-end smile
    And a worm's-eye point of view
    Oh I knew my way, I was a back-street stray
    And I had my eyes on you

    Now I got this friend and he's a screwdriver-jiver
    You know, some kinda automobeat on the street
    And he has converted me to rock'n'roll

    I just want to dance to
    Honaloochie boogie yeah
    Get in time, don't worry 'bout the shirt shine
    Honaloochie boogie yeah
    You sure started somethin'

    Now my hair gets longer as the beat gets stronger
    want to tell Chuck Berry my news
    I get my kicks outta guitar licks
    And I've sold my steel-toed shoes

    Now I got this friend and he's a spider west-sider
    You know, he's hung up on a protection rejection thing
    But I have made him see the light

    He just want to dance to
    Honaloochie boogie yeah
    Get in time, don't worry 'bout the shirt shine
    Honaloochie boogie yeah
    You sure started somethin'

    Honaloochie boogie yeah
    Get in time, don't worry 'bout the shirt shine
    Honaloochie boogie yeah
    You sure started somethin' Writer/s: Ian Hunter
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Bananaskin from AustraliaThis song is about being a skinhead and changing into a glam rocker.
  • Allie from A Little Ol' Town In, MiThe piano and guitar rock out!! Even though it's just repeated piano chords
see more comments

Editor's Picks

The Police

The PoliceFact or Fiction

Do their first three albums have French titles? Is "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" really meaningless? See if you can tell in this Fact or Fiction.

Female Singers Of The 90s

Female Singers Of The 90sMusic Quiz

The ladies who ruled the '90s in this quiz.

Gentle Giant

Gentle GiantSongwriter Interviews

An interview with Ray and Derek Shulman of the progressive rock band Gentle Giant to discuss counterpoint, polyrhythms, and... Bon Jovi.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," Kiss

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Janis Ian

Janis IanSongwriter Interviews

One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.