IKE & TINA TURNER: I IDOLIZE YOU/RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH/COME TOGETHER

Τρία ακόμα τραγούδια από την περίοδο της Tina με τον κακοποιητικό σύζυγο – το πρώτο απ’ αυτά σύνθεση δική του, με την πρωτόβγαλτη show woman ωρυόμενη δύναμη της φύσεως.
Ο εστιασμός στην παράμετρο “domestic violence” τείνει να αφαιρέσει απ’ το κάδρο την ιστορική προσφορά του
Ike Turner σ’ ένα είδος, το rock’n’roll, του οποίου υπήρξε ο εφευρέτης [‘Rocket 88’ – 1951].
To
‘River Deep Mountain High’ αποτελεί παραγωγή [και θέμα ποικίλων αφηγήσεων] του συν-συνθέτη του, Phil Spector.

Three more songs from
Tina’s time with the abusive husband – the first of them composed by him, with the rookie show woman been a screaming force of nature.
The focus on the parameter “domestic violence” tends to remove from the frame
Ike Turner’s historical contribution to a genre, rock’n’roll, of which he was the inventor [“Rocket 88” – 1951].
‘River Deep Mountain High’ ‘s production [and a subject of various narratives] was made by its co-composer, Phil Spector.

00:00 I Idolize You [1960] 02:52 River Deep, Mountain High [1966] 06:19 Come Together [1970]

If you want some loving,
That I can give to you.
And if you want some hugging,
Said I can hug some, too.
All I want, baby, now
Is some thought of you
And just a little of your affection,
You know, will see me through.
‘Cause you know that you are my man,
And I want you to forever be mine.
I idolize you (Yes, she idolize you)

When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll
It was the only doll that I’ve ever owned
Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll
But only now my love has grown
And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, deeper, deeper, let me say
Then it gets higher, day by day
And do I love you, my oh my
Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord, (river deep, Lord, mountain high)
Oh no, no, if I ever, ever lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you baby (baby, baby, baby)
Well now, when you were a young boy
Did you have a puppy?
That always followed you ’round, ’round, ’round
‘Round, ’round, ’round
Well, I’m gonna be as faithful as that puppy
And no, I ain’t never gonna let you down
‘Cause it goes on and on like a river flows
Lord, it gets sweeter, sweeter, sweeter, and heaven knows
And it gets sweeter, baby, oh, as it grows
And do I love you, my oh my
Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord (river deep Lord, mountain high)
I wanna tell you that if I ever, ever, ever, ever lost you would I cry
Oh, I love you baby (baby, baby, baby)
And it get stronger, in every way, every way
And it gets deeper, deeper, deeper, baby let me say
And it gets higher, day by day
Oh, and do I love you, my oh my, my, my, my, my
(River deep, Lord, mountain high)
I wanna tell you that if I ever, ever, ever lost you, baby would I cry
Oh, I do love you, baby, baby, baby, baby
I love you baby like the water love the sink
And I love you, baby
Like flowers love the spring
I love you, baby

Shoot me
Here come ol’ flat top
He comes groovin’ up slowly
He’s got juju eye-balls
He one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker
He just do what he please
He wear no shoeshine
He got toe jam football
He got monkey finger
He shoot Coca-Cola
He say “I know you, you know me”
One thing I can tell you
Is you got to be free
Come together, right now, over me
He bag production
He got walrus gumboot
He got O-no side board
He one spinal cracker
He got feet down below his knee
Hold you in his armchair
You can feel his disease

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10 Comments

  1. Liz Gauffreau May 31, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    Just out of curiosity, after listening to these tracks, I sought out “Rocket 88” on YouTube. To my surprise, I found that I’m already familiar with it. I must have heard it on blues channels.

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    1. Oannes May 31, 2023 at 10:09 pm

      Well, as you know, rock’n’roll owes its own existence to the blues!

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      1. Liz Gauffreau May 31, 2023 at 11:17 pm

        As the great Muddy Waters put it, “The blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll.”

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        1. Oannes June 1, 2023 at 8:05 am

          Yes. Only, in contrast with his noble [blues & country] parents, the baby was a …nasty one. “Sociologically” speaking, rock’n’roll has always been a fine tool in the hands of the system it was supposed to fight.

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          1. Liz Gauffreau June 1, 2023 at 1:28 pm

            I know what you mean. Once the politicians and corporations get hold of a rock’n’roll song, it’s dead.

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            1. Oannes June 1, 2023 at 8:05 pm

              “Alive and kicking” I would rather say, only in the wrong direction!

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  2. Resa May 31, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    Fabulous!
    Too bad Ike was such a shit! He could have had a cool legacy. Now, he’s just dust.

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    1. Oannes June 1, 2023 at 9:54 am

      The problem is not with Ike himself. I also find the things he did disgusting. But if every artist’s work is obscured by some of his real life activities, this solely could lead to the end of civilization. And, lest we forget, most of them aren’t even around to defend themselves.

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      1. Resa June 1, 2023 at 8:29 pm

        So true! Thank you!

        Reply

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