Song of the Day #2,945: ‘All I Wanna Do’ – Sheryl Crow

sheryl_crow_tuesday_night_music_club‘All I Wanna Do’ is the song that launched Sheryl Crow into the public eye, and remains the biggest hit of her career. The track won Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, both well-earned.

I was going to use today’s blog entry to praise Crow’s excellent lyrics, because this song is an explosion of wonderful imagery and flawless characterization. But a little research revealed that the credit for those lyrics belongs to poet Wyn Cooper instead.

Crow based this song on Cooper’s poem ‘Fun,’ which is essentially reproduced here line for line (read his poem to see for yourself). Crow was up front about it, openly publicizing his work and earning him a shitload of cash as co-writer on this smash hit.

Hit it!
This ain’t no disco
It ain’t no country club either
This is LA!

“All I wanna do is have a little fun before I die,”
Says the man next to me out of nowhere
It’s apropos
Of nothing
He says his name’s William but I’m sure
He’s Bill or Billy or Mac or Buddy
And he’s plain ugly to me
And I wonder if he’s ever had a day of fun in his whole
Life
We are drinking beer at noon on Tuesday
In a bar that faces a giant car wash
The good people of the world are washing their cars
On their lunch break, hosing and scrubbing
As best they can in skirts in suits
They drive their shiny Datsuns and Buicks
Back to the phone company, the record store too
Well, they’re nothing like Billy and me, cause

[Chorus]
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard

I like a good beer buzz early in the morning
And Billy likes to peel the labels
From his bottles of Bud
He shreds them on the bar
Then he lights every match in an oversized pack
Letting each one burn down to his thick fingers
Before blowing and cursing them out
And he’s watching the bottles of Bud as they spin on
The floor

And a happy couple enters the bar
Dangerously close to one another
The bartender looks up from his want ads

[Chorus]

Otherwise the bar is ours
The day and the night and the car wash too
The matches and the Buds and the clean and dirty
Cars
The sun and the moon but

[Chorus Variation]
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling the party’s just begun
All I wanna do is have some fun
I won’t tell you that you’re the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,945: ‘All I Wanna Do’ – Sheryl Crow

  1. Dana says:

    That’s interesting. And it explains how the same artist who recorded this did the banal “Soak up the Sun.”

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