QUARTER TO THREE

Live 02 Nov 2002 version


Gary U.S. Bonds:Did you like singing that? Wasn't that fun?
[laughs]
Are you ready to rock and roll? I said, are you ready to rock and roll? Here we go!

Gary U.S. Bonds:One, two, one, two, three, four!
(Bop, bop)
Oh, yeah!
(Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
Oh, yeah!
(Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
Are you sure you're ready to rock and roll? Come on!
(Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
Everybody, let's clap your hands, come on!

Gary U.S. Bonds:All right! (Oh, oh, oh)
Oh yeah!
Oh, oh
Oh yeah!

Gary U.S. Bonds:Oh, don't you know that I danced, I danced till a quarter to three (bop, bop, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
With the help, that t night, of Daddy G. (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
He was swingin' on the sax with a girl or two (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
I was dancin' all over the room
Bruce Springsteen:You know the people were dancin' like they were mad (bop, bop, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
Gary U.S. Bonds:It was the swingin'est band they had ever had (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
Swingin'est song that could ever be (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
In the night with a-Daddy G.
Let me tell you now

U.S. Bonds and Springsteen:I never had it so good
Yeah, you know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
Take a band like the Church Street Five!

U.S. Bonds and Springsteen:Don't you know that I danced, I danced till a quarter to three (bop, bop, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
With the help last night of Daddy G. (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
Everybody was as happy as they could be (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
I said, swingin' with Daddy G.
Blow Daddy!

Gary U.S. Bonds:Are you ready tonight?

Gary U.S. Bonds:Come on, come on!

Gary U.S. Bonds:A-blow, blow, daddy!

Bruce Springsteen:Well, don't you know that I never had it so good
Whoa, I know you never could
Until you can dance, darling, with that style
And do the day like the Church Street Five

Gary U.S. Bonds:Oh don't you know that I danced, I danced till a quarter to three (bop, bop, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
With the help last night of Daddy and me (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
He was swingin' with the cats like the girls in blue (oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, bop, bop)
And dancin all over the room
(Oh, daddy)
(Oh, daddy, yeah)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Gary U.S. Bonds:Come on!
(Oh, daddy)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, oh)
All right, bring it on the beat!
Bruce Springsteen:A little bit of soul, now!

Gary U.S. Bonds:Whoa!
You like that?
Everybody say this!
Whoa, whoa, whoa (whoa, whoa, whoa)
Yeah, yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Whoa, whoa, whoa (whoa, whoa, whoa)
Yeah, yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa (whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa)
Na, na, na, na, na, yeah (na, na, na, na, na, yeah)
Oh, yeah (oh, yeah)
Holy shit (holy shit)
Holy shit (holy shit)
Holy shit (holy shit)
Holy shit (holy shit)
Ho--I like that! (holy shit)
I said, holy shit! (holy shit)
Holy shit (holy shit)
Bruce Springsteen:I never heard of this one before, Bonds!
Gary U.S. Bonds:You never heard the record? This is a very guitar-laden song! When you were in California, we did this!
[laughs]
Now, we're gonna show you how we do it in Jersey, now.
Bruce Springsteen:Don't fuck with Bonds.
Gary U.S. Bonds:Holy shit (holy shit)
Ah! Holy shit (holy shit)
Did I say holy shit? (holy shit)
Holy shit--Bruce, you say it!

Bruce Springsteen:Jesus Christ!
Gary U.S. Bonds:Let's go, Hal! Come on!

Gary U.S. Bonds:Oh, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, oh
One more time, everybody!

Gary U.S. Bonds:Holy shit (holy shit)
I go, holy shit (holy shit)
You got it, holy shit (holy shit)
Goodnight, Jersey, we love you!

Gary U.S. Bonds:We're havin' a party
We're havin' a party
Are we havin' a party?
We're havin' a party
Are we havin' a party?
We're havin' a party
Yeah, think about it!
We're havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On the radio
Cokes are in the icebox
Popcorn's on the table
Me and my baby
What we doin', y'all?
Crowd:Are dancin' on the floor!

Gary U.S. Bonds:So Mister, Mister DJ
Keep those records playin'
'Cause we're havin' such a good time
(Dancin' with my baby)

Gary U.S. Bonds:We're havin' a party
Bruce Springsteen:Havin' a party
Gary U.S. Bonds:Everybody's dancin'
Bruce Springsteen:Everybody's swingin'
Gary U.S. Bonds:We're dancin' to the music
Bruce Springsteen:Whoo, hoo
Gary U.S. Bonds:On the radio
Bruce Springsteen:On the radio
Gary U.S. Bonds:Cokes are in the icebox
Bruce Springsteen:Cokes are in the icebox
Gary U.S. Bonds:Popcorn's on the table
Bruce Springsteen:Popcorn's on the table
Gary U.S. Bonds:Me and my baby
Bruce Springsteen:Me and my baby
Gary U.S. Bonds:Out here on, everybody sing now!
Bruce Springsteen:Out here on the floor

Gary U.S. Bonds:We're havin' a party
Bruce Springsteen:Havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On my radio
Havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
On my radio
Havin' a party
Everybody's swingin'
Dancin' to the music
Gary U.S. Bonds:Play that thing, man!
Bruce Springsteen:Gary U.S. Bonds!
Havin' a party

Bruce Springsteen:Ladies and gentlemen, Gary U.S. Bonds, come on!

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 02 Nov 2002 performance of QUARTER TO THREE at Tradewinds in Sea Bright, NJ, during the third annual Light Of Day benefit. The song was performed with Gary U.S. Bonds, in a one-off medley with Sam Cooke's HAVING A PARTY.

Bruce Springsteen showed up at the third annual Light Of Day benefit, which brought together a host of Jersey-style rockers to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and celebrate organizer Bob Benjamin's birthday while they were at it. Springsteen came on at 10:40 PM to play for nearly an hour with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, joined by several other guests throughout, including Garland Jeffreys. In the midnight hour, he was back on the stage to play two more songs with Gary U.S. Bonds.

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics. Some of the above info is taken from Brucebase.

Available Versions

List of available versions of QUARTER TO THREE on this website:

QUARTER TO THREE [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
QUARTER TO THREE [Live 02 Nov 2002 version]

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