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Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) 
By: Reunion
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Duration: 3:33 
Release Date: 1974  (CapSuper) 
Lyrics By: Norman Dolph/Paul DiFranco/Joey Levine (sav-man) 
Music By: Norman Dolph/Paul DiFranco/Joey Levine (sav-man) 
Produced By: Joey Levine/Marc Bellack/Paul DiFranco (sav-man) 
Released By: RCA Records (sav-man) 
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  • McDonald's ran a series of commercials in early 1989 w/ people singing "The McDonald's Menu Song." The jingle's tune and basic delivery were reminiscent of "Life Is A Rock." (sav-man)
  • This song was later remade by Tracey Ullman on her 1984 album YOU BROKE MY HEART IN 17 PLACES. (sav-man)
  • Joey Levine, who sang lead on and wrote many of the Ohio Express' bubblegum hits in the late 1960's ("Yummy, Yummy, Yummy," "Chewy, Chewy," "Down At Lulu's", "Sweeter Than Sugar," etc.) is the lead singer on this song. (sav-man)
  • Reached #8 on the BILLBOARD charts in November 1974. (sav-man)
  • Song Lyrics:
    B.B. Bumble and the Stingers;
    Martha Hooper; Ray Charles Singers
    Lonnie Mac & Twangin’ Eddie;
    Here’s my ring: we’re goin’ steady.
    Take it easy; take me higher;
    Liar, liar, house on fire;
    Loco-motion; Poco Pashion;
    Deeper Purple; Satisfaction;
    Baby, baby; gotta, gotta; gimme, gimme; gettin’ hotter;
    Sammy’s cookin’; Lesley’s Gorey;
    Ritchie Valens; End of story.
    Mahavishnu; Fujiyama;
    Karma Sutra; Rahma Lama;
    Richard Perry; Spector;
    Barry Righteous; Archies; Nillson, Harry;
    Shimmy, shimmy, coco-bop
    And Fats is back and finger-poppin’;
    Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me!
    Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me! (Whoop! Whoop!)
    Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me! (Life is a rock; life is a rock.)
    At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie.

    FM/AM; hits are clickin’
    While the clock is tock-a-tickin’;
    Friends and Romans: salutations;
    Brenda and the Tabulations;
    Carly Simon; I behold her;
    Rolling Stoning; centerfolder;
    Johnny Cash and Johnny Rivers;
    Can’t stop now - I’ve got the shivers;
    Mungo Jerry;
    Peter-peter, Paul and Paul and Mary-mary;
    Dr. John; the nightly tripper;
    Doris Day and Jack the Ripper;
    Gotta go soon; gotta swelter;
    Leon Russel; Gimme Shelter;
    Miracles in smokey places;
    Slide guitars and Fender basses;
    Mushroom omelet; Bonnie Bramlett;
    Wilson Pickett;
    Stomp it – kick it;
    Life is a rock, but the radio-
    Life is a rock, but the radio… Whoooo!
    (Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!)
    (Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!)

    Arthur Janov; Primal Scream;
    Hawkins, Jay and Dale and Ronnie;
    Kookla, Fran, and Norman Okla;
    Denver, John, and Osmond, Donnie;
    JJ Cale and ZZ Top and LL Bean and DD Dinah;
    David Bowie, Steely Dan, and Sing me proud;
    Oh, CC Rider;
    Edgar Winter; Joanie Summers;
    Ides of March and Johnny Thunder;
    Eric Clapton; pedal wah-wah; Steven Foster;
    Do-da, do-da;
    Good Vibrations; Help Me Rhonda;
    Surfer Girl and Little Honda;
    Tighter, tighter; Honey, honey;
    Sugar, Sugar; Yummy, yummy;
    CBS and Warner Brothers,
    RCA and all the others;
    Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me!
    Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
    Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me! (Life is a rock.)
    At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie.
    Listen! Remember! They’re playin’ our song.
    Rocket; socket; Alan Freed me;
    Murray Kaufman tried to lead me;
    Fish and swim and Boston monkey;
    Make it bad and play it FUNKY!

    Freddie King and Albert King B.B. King and frolicking
    Get it on and Nat Gerardi, Papalardi, Hale and Hearty

    There’s a perfect more than human gentle words of Randy Newman;
    One, two, three; so oh so please, I need a breather!

    Tito Puente, Boffalongo, Cuba, War and even Mungo
    Jerry, Peter Dial, Alex Hood, Boogie Brass

    California, Beatlemania, New York City, Transylvania
    S&G and V&C and Bobby Vee and SRO, yeah yeah!

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    Current Rating 10.0 (2 votes)
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