Song of the Day #4,404: ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ – Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson’s 1981 Jumpin’ Jive — his fourth studio album — features a dozen covers of 1940s Swing-era classics.

This album was sandwiched between the punk-tinged New Wave of his first few albums and the more musically sophisticated pop he would deliver on his next album, Night and Day.

Today’s track comes from a musical of the same name, with lyrics and music by 40s bandleader Louis Jordan.

I gotta tell you a story from way back
Truck on down and dig me Jack
There’s Big Moe, Little Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, No Moe
Look at brother, look at brother, look at brother Eat Moe
Moe, Moe, Moe, Moe, Moe, Moe, Moe

Who’s the greatest band around
Makes the cats jump up and down
Who’s the talk of Rhythm Town
Five guys named Moe

When they start to beat it out
Everybody jump and shout
Tell me who do the critics rave about
Five guys named Moe

They came out of nowhere
But that don’t mean a thing
They rate high and you’ll know why
When you hear them sing

High brow, low brow, all agree
They’re the best in harmony
I’m telling you folks you just got to see
Five guys named Moe

There’s Big Moe…
Little Moe…

One guy… Big Moe
Two guys… Little Big Moe
Three guys… Four-Eyed Moe
Four guys… No Moe
Five guys… Eat Moe
Five little guys named Moe

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,404: ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ – Joe Jackson

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve always loved this album, and played it a lot in my college days. I didn’t realize he released this so early in his career before Night and Day. Good stuff!

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