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Detroit Wheels

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Detroit Wheels is another 2017, collaboration with poet and musician John Freeman, based on some music I'd sketched out. The song became a tribute to Mitch Ryder, who had just been inducted into the Detroit Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame that year. John came up with a nice hook for the chorus, which celebrated the joy of rock and roll, paraphrasing a classic line from the inimitable Chuck Berry, who had recently passed away.

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Detroit Wheels
© 2017 John Freeman & Leo Papa

I went down, town, to the casino
Where Mitch Ryder, his Detroit Wheels, were set to go
I was tired, from working all day, at the warehouse
Had a hit of window pane, right before the show

And I said hail, hail, your rock n' roll
Let your Detroit wheels, roll on down, that open road

Jim McCarty's guitar seemed to ring out forever
In that moment

I was thinking, about a Dearborn girl, I dated
Just a kid, with shaggy hair, in blue bell-bottoms
One of many, bored teenagers whose dreams she haunted

And I said hail, hail, your rock n' roll
Let your Detroit wheels, roll on down, that open road
I said hail, hail, your rock n' roll
Let your Detroit wheels, roll on down, that open road

And the visions in my head ran on forever
In that moment

I went out, to the Walled Lake, Casino
To see Mitch Ryder, his Detroit Wheels, put on a show

credits

from Levon Bus Travels, released October 9, 2020
Levon Bus - Vocal, rhythm guitar
Jimmy George – Lead guitar
Mo Pair – Bass, vocal harmony

© 2019 Levon Bus Music
© 2020 Leo Papa, Jimmy George & Mo Pair

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