Bad Boy

Background and Commentary

“Bad Boy,” about a young rock and roll rebel, is a Larry Williams song with a boogie rock sound made popular by The Beatles, who recorded it in 1965. Larry Williams (1935-1980) was a rhythm and blues songwriter from New Orleans whose most influential song was Bony Moronie (covered by The Who and John Lennon).—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault

“Rush featured the song in a Led Zeppelin–type arrangement during their early live shows. The Cleveland bootleg ‘New in Town’ features the song, as well as an extended solo from guitarist Alex Lifeson. Vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee introduces the song as being from the Beatles VI album. After 1974, the group no longer performed the song live.”—Wikipedia

The recording of that live Cleveland show was turned into an album in late 2011 called Rush ABC.

“‘Bad Boy’ . . . got some airtime, actually right up until December 1974.”—Martin Popoff, Contents Under Pressure

Lyrics

Larry Williams

A bad little kid moved into my neighborhood
He won’t do nothing right
just sitting down and looks so good
He don’t want to go to school and learn to read and write
Just sits around the house and plays the rock and roll music all night
Well, he put some tacks on teachers chair
Puts some gum in little girl’s hair
Now, junior, behave yourself

Buys every rock and roll book on the magazine stand
Every dime that he get is lost to the jukebox man
Well, he worries his teacher till at night she’s ready to poop
From rocking and a-rolling spinning in a hula hoop
Well this rock and roll has got to stop
Junior’s head is hard as rock
Now, junior, behave yourself

Going tell your mama you better do what she said
Get to the barber shop and get that hair cut off your head
Threw the canary and you fed it to the neighbors cat
You gave the cocker spaniel a bath in mother’s Laundromat
Well, mama’s head has got to stop
Junior’s head is hard as rock
Now, junior, behave yourself

Tablature

By PJVillanueva

Excerpted from Ultimate Guitar Tabs.

(Use a capo on the first fret.)

INTRO

B
e|7—— 7—— 7—7– —-7–|——- ——- ——- ——-|
B|7——-7——-7—7——-7–|——————————-|
G|8——-8——-8—8——-8–|——————————-|
D|9——-9——-9—9——-9–|——————————-|
A|9——-9——-9—9——-9–|——————————-|
E|7——-7——-7—7——-7–|——————————-|

e|——- ——- ——- ——-|——- ——- ——- ——-|
B|——————————-|——————————-|
G|——————————-|—-7——9B11-11R9–7——7-|
D|——————————-|———9————–9——|
A|——————————-|——————————-|
E|——————————-|——————————-|

A
e|7—— 7—— 7—7– —-7–|——- ——- ——- ——-|
B|7——-7——-7—7——-7–|——————————-|
G|8——-8——-8—8——-8–|—-2—2——-2—2—2——|
D|9——-9——-9—9——-9–|—-2—2——-2—2—2——|
A|9——-9——-9—9——-9–|—-0—0——-0—0—0——|
E|7——-8——-8—8——-8–|————2——————|
A
e|——- ——- ——- ——-|——- ——- ——- ——-|
B|——————————-|—10—10——10–10–10—–|
G|——————————-|————11————–11-|
D|9——————————|——————————-|
A|——————————-|——————————-|
E|——————————-|——————————-|

e|——- ——- ——- ——-|——- ——- ——- ——-|
B|——————————-|——————————-|
G|——————————-|——————————-|
D|——————————-|——————————-|
A|——————————-|—-0—0——-0—0—0——|
E|——————————-|————2—————2–|

For complete tab, go to Ultimate Guitar Tabs.

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