Archetype of American Psyche: THE origin of rock ‘n roll?


Who cares? Try my 6-second dare here.

Oh Maybellene, why can’t you be true?
You’ve started back doin’ the things you used to do.
As I was motivatin’ over the hill
I saw Mabellene in a Coup de Ville,
A Cadillac arollin’ on the open road.
Nothin’ will outrun my V8 Ford!
The Cadillac doin’ about ninety-five,
Bumper to bumper, rollin’ side by side.

The Cadillac pulled up ahead of the Ford.
The Ford got hot and wouldn’t do no more.
It then got cloudy and started to rain.
I honked my horn for a passin’ lane.
The rainwater blowin’ all under my hood,
I knew that I was doin’ my motor good

The heat went down, the motor cooled.
And that’s when I heard that highway sound.
The Cadillac asittin’ like a ton of lead,
A hundred and ten half a mile ahead.
The Cadillac lookin’ like it’s sittin’ still,
And I caught Mabellene at the top of the hill.

My favorite performance
(Related: When I think back…)

Excerpts from the song written by Chuck Berry (of the smash hit “Johnny B. Goode” fame; in his older years, he jams with The Boss (Bruce Springsteen), his first single and his first hit, a pioneering rock and roll song. Rolling Stone magazine: “Rock & roll guitar starts here.”

In Berry’s 1958 live TV performance of the song, his signature guitar solo and leggin starts ~2:17. But,…

Who cares?

In this short 3-minute video, 2017 tribute from The New York Times music critic says he created the American archetype of rock ‘n’ roll (archetypal psychology embodiment), and points out that The Beatles did his songs, The Beach Boys copied him, and The Rolling Stones themselves said, “We stole every guitar lick we ever heard Chuck Berry play.”

More about the song:

Here’s A 6-second dare

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Published by Neil Durso

Just another mid-lifer sharing the journey...

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