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David Bromberg — Sharon
Album: Demon In Disguise
Avg rating:
6.2

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Total ratings: 980









Released: 1972
Length: 6:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I was at this carnival just a few years ago.
No big deal, Ferris wheel, the same old stuff you know.
I and wandered around the grounds until I found this little tent
A man outside made a speech, and this is how it went:

She walks, she talks,
She crawls on her belly like a reptile.
It was the same old line except for one part,
Said it don't cost no money, you got to pay with your heart

Oh Sharon, what do you do to these men?
You know the same rowdy crowd that was here last night is back again.

Well I went inside and I looked around for a seat.
The lights went low, and the drums played a beat.
Then this girl come out, dressed in a scarf and sneeze.
She did a little dance that made me weak in the knees.
She danced like her back had no bone
While the band played a tone called the Main Street Moan.

She smiled a smile the whole world could see.
Then she turned her head, and she looked straight at me.
I must have jumped at least six feet in the air,
And when I come down, that girl wasn't there.

Oh Sharon, what do you do to these men?
You know the same rowdy crowd that was here last night is back again.

And out come this dude with curly read hair
He had a big bushy beard, he was built like a bear.
He said you stop all your shouting, there's no more to the show
And if you wanna breathe right, you all better go.
I didn't hang around, I headed straight for the door,
But on my way out, I heard that big bear roar

Oh Sharon, what do you do to these men?
You know the same rowdy crowd that was here last night is back again.

Every night that that show played, I was right there.
I stayed out of reach of that mean red bear.
And it was just like the man had said in his speech at the start,
'cause when the carnie left town it took a piece of my heart.
And I still a funny feeling deep down in my bones,
Every time I hear a band play that Main Street Moan.

Oh Sharon, what do you do to these men?
You know the same rowdy crowd that was here last night is back again.
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David!
I grew up with this. Seen him several times. Thanks so, so much for playing this today. Turned a glum, ho-hum morning into a little party at my desk.
"And she went. . .
And then she did a. . ."


Edit: Also one of those musicians you've heard so many times but never knew it was him.
 snitramc wrote:

Really like this song. I wish David Bromberg had recorded more songs. I bet he had some good stuff. It seems from the playing on RP this is his only recorded song.



Check out his "How Late'll Play 'Til?" It's a double studio/live album set. David covers a few different genre on that recording.
{#Devil_pimp}ive had this vynl since it first came out and yes it's still so very zesty!
 lizardking wrote:

Johnny Royale!  Is BillG giving us a shout-out for the 30 year anniversary of "Paul's Boutique?" - I don't know, but I pulled that disc out recently (to share the Johnny Cash sample with a co-worker) and well here is another sample.....which goes to show how badass the Beastie Boys were/are.....and there's gotta be a few RP worthy BB tracks....Long  Live RP and inspiration wherever it comes from!!

Oh...I'll go with an 8 on this one, first time hearing it in full and liking it a lot....
 
Sabatoge would work well on RP me thinks...hint hint BillG!!
Long Live RP!!
Where are the other Freak Brothers?
 morefigs wrote:
good!
 
 

The song had been playing for at least a minute when my brain tilted and I said to myself, "That's the guitar lick from 'Johnny Ryall"!" {#Lol}

A scroll through the comments shows me I'm way late to this party, but in my defense, this is the first time I've heard this song on RP.
Really like this song. Never heard it before... I'm a big Tragically Hipp fan and this reminds me of a live version of New Orleans is Sinking.
Makes me think of the Carnivale show that aired on HBO a while back...
Never knew this is where it came from.  Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This still sounds derivative to me.

"Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll" came out a year earlier.
Yet another "never heard before; where the hell have I been?" blast from RP. 
Thanks again Bill for continually broadening my horizons!
"Then this girl come out, dressed in a scarf and sneeze.
She did a little dance that made me weak in the knees."

This is hilarious. Never heard this song before. Definitely will check it out.
This artist kinda makes me think....Zappa/Zevon. Totally cool cut though!! Enjoyable listen!
I once saw him with Commander Cody.  It was a great time.  Both bands where great fun. 
Really like this song. I wish David Bromberg had recorded more songs. I bet he had some good stuff. It seems from the playing on RP this is his only recorded song.
 Stefen wrote:

Alas, the Beastie Boys were 10 years later.
 
Johnny Royale!  Is BillG giving us a shout-out for the 30 year anniversary of "Paul's Boutique?" - I don't know, but I pulled that disc out recently (to share the Johnny Cash sample with a co-worker) and well here is another sample.....which goes to show how badass the Beastie Boys were/are.....and there's gotta be a few RP worthy BB tracks....Long  Live RP and inspiration wherever it comes from!!

Oh...I'll go with an 8 on this one, first time hearing it in full and liking it a lot....
Reminds me of a Long John Baldry tune which I definitely prefer.
You guys know he played on Dylan's "Self Portrait" and "New Morning" right? And with Phoebe Snow, Edie Brickell, Carly Simon, Ringo, John Prine, Rick Derringer, Link Wray, Willie Nelson...

Yay for Bromberg! Saw him at the 2018 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest.
I freaked out the first time I heard this. So shared it with my dad. And he was like, oh, totally, old news. But again, he saw Led Zeppelin at some bar in South Bend before they blew up.
 morefigs wrote:
Aghhhh he's completely ruined that Beastie Boys song.

 
Alas, the Beastie Boys were 10 years later.
Aghhhh he's completely ruined that Beastie Boys song.
 calypsus_1 wrote:


David Bromberg co-wrote the song "The Holdup" with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg's self-titled 1972 album.
Bromberg, 67 years old, on July 12, 2011 published an album called "Use Me" very interesting because feat. musical collaborations with other authors of great artistic merit, such as Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Keb 'Mo', Tim O'Brien, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Widespread Panic. Worth reviewing and appreciate this álbum.

More recently, Feb 21, 2014, i was impressed with the performance of Wanda Jackson, age 76 / David Bromberg, age 68 / eTones - "Jambalaya On The Bayou". Oh boy, amazing!  And, whoever said that this world is not for older people?  Was mistaken!.


 

 
Thanks for a nod to us geezers on the planet. Yes, I agree, sometimes music made in a musician's late years, especially if one's lost voice or dexterity, conveys nuance and feeling that couldn't be achieved the raw power of youth.
this guy has always been "the tits"
I had this playing low in the background.  I thought it was some crappy Rocky Horror Picture Show song.  Started paying attention.  Turns out it's some crappy David Bromberg song.
Even with the volume set to Zero, this one still irritates me!
Wow, I haven't heard this in YEARS!  I think it could be my next Belly Dance Comedy routine! 
David Bromberg opening for The New Riders of the Purple Sage was the first concert I ever went to .....in 1976 at the Jersey shore..Asbury Park. It was awesome. {#Angel}
Could someone please upload "Will Not Be Your Fool"...Please?
Hoo boy. The same Bamn Dromberg song. It's a shame this is the only song David Bromberg ever recorded. Time for Pandora.
 Grammarcop wrote:
There's a story about David Bromberg and his wife in today's New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/garden/david-bromberg-and-nancy-josephson-duet-for-violin-and-voodoo.html?ref=garden&_r=0

The article includes a humorous anecdote about this song.

 
Thank you for sharing this! Fascinating stuff!
Love it!
I'm hearing some Lou Reed in this and liking it  {#Cheers}
coolio.  never heard this before


David Bromberg co-wrote the song "The Holdup" with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg's self-titled 1972 album.
Bromberg, 67 years old, on July 12, 2011 published an album called "Use Me" very interesting because feat. musical collaborations with other authors of great artistic merit, such as Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Keb 'Mo', Tim O'Brien, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Widespread Panic. Worth reviewing and appreciate this álbum.

More recently, Feb 21, 2014, i was impressed with the performance of Wanda Jackson, age 76 / David Bromberg, age 68 / eTones - "Jambalaya On The Bayou". Oh boy, amazing!  And, whoever said that this world is not for older people?  Was mistaken!.


 


 Antigone wrote:
I've got to upload some more Bromberg. Only two songs in the playlist? That's a crime.

 
I tried but got "sorried." Anyone else have some Bromberg they can upload?
Rootboy Slim's older brother, musically speaking.
There's a story about David Bromberg and his wife in today's New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/garden/david-bromberg-and-nancy-josephson-duet-for-violin-and-voodoo.html?ref=garden&_r=0

The article includes a humorous anecdote about this song.
Heard an interview with Bromberg last Saturday afternoon on my local public radio station. Great insight into his career and music in general. I wish I had a link to share with you. It was a fascinating discussion. 
"dressed in a scarf and a sneeze" I love that line.
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
a little element of Lou Reed?

 
Did Lou sing ballads like this? 

This reminds me a bit of "Dig Lazarus Dig" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a band that Bill apparently greatly admires.
When I first heard this, the vocal sorta reminded me of Bruce Dern.   then I thought it would sound pretty cool to hear Bruce Dern singing this song...
Had to check if it was Lou Reed or not. Not
Elvis shaved his head when he went into the Army
pcicatar wrote:
Johnny Ryall is the bum on my stoop.
I gave him fifty cents to buy some soup.
He knows the time, with the fresh Gucci watch.
He's even more over than my mayor Ed Koch!
{#Bananasplit}


 
Gee. I wish David had recorder more than this one song his entire recording career.{#Frown} You'd think he'd have recorded "Deliah", or "Mr. Bojangles", or something.
Several klicks past the tall grass where Eric Burdon laid himself down to rest.
I've got to upload some more Bromberg. Only two songs in the playlist? That's a crime.
Sing it David....
a little element of Lou Reed?
One of the Best live albums is "How Late Do Y'all Play 'Till"
this guy sings some great folk and blues, doesn't he? a friend just gave me a bunch of his stuff. he has the most "knowing" voice, I love it.
Saw David recently, what a great performer.  He really knows how to work a crowd.  Played this, and some nice lady did a bit of a belly dance throughout the aisles of the arena...quite fun. 
Oh boy! One of my all time favorites! The same rowdy crowd that was here last night is back again.....ooooooh ohhhh Sharon! Jumping and dancing in the office.
Hmmm HMM! Yummy
Johnny Ryall is the bum on my stoop.
I gave him fifty cents to buy some soup.
He knows the time, with the fresh Gucci watch.
He's even more over than my mayor Ed Koch!
{#Bananasplit}

David Bromberg is such a talented artist. I just wish he had released more than this one song!
Tried to suffer through this one with the volume set to one, but just couldn't do it.

'ORRIBLE! 
DEELISHUS!  Yeah, baby.  Dirty funk ..... with a saxophone!

Keep 'em coming, big boy!  "The same rowdy crowd that was here last night is back again!"
horrible{#No}
Not for me!!{#No}
Such random fortuitousness - prior to now only heard this track's opening few bars at the top of Johnny Ryall by the Beastie Boys (also a great track). This is a funky little ditty! and suddenly I'm also getting a few references...
 Blastcat900 wrote:
There are so many better songs by David Bromberg.. let's hear those ! I gave this song a high rating because of the artist. Kinda hate this song. Does RP ever read these comments?
 
No.
 Grammarcop wrote:

I use that phrase when my teenage daughter crawls out of bed and wanders into the kitchen at about 11:30 on a Saturday morning. She doesn't find it as amusing as I do. 
 
Oooh, I'm gonna steal that {#High-five}
 ronniegirl wrote:
She walks, she talks, she crawls on her belly like a reptile.  I use this phrase as often as possible.  Very seldom does anyone get it.  Oh well.

 
I use that phrase when my teenage daughter crawls out of bed and wanders into the kitchen at about 11:30 on a Saturday morning. She doesn't find it as amusing as I do. 
okay now it's a 9
Quite funky! I like it :)
This is so a 10 for me! Bromberg is the BOMB!
Always get a good feeling nostagic head trip when I get to hear from an old artist during my college years in the early seventies....thank you RP. 
There are so many better songs by David Bromberg.. let's hear those ! I gave this song a high rating because of the artist. Kinda hate this song. Does RP ever read these comments?
 gubbin wrote:
Can't hear this song without hearing...
Johnny Ryall is the bum on my stoop
I gave him fifty cents to buy some soup
He knows the time with the fresh Gucci watch
He's even more over than the mayor Ed Koch


 
YES!
“Dressed in scarf and a sneeze”

Love it.

I think Mrs Delion's Lament is a better song
 but this is one has its charms.
 Byronape wrote:
I'm sure there is a skip button around here somewhere...  No?  *sigh*...

Oh well, how long could it be? 
 
There is now.  I like the PSD button...  I also like this song, fwiw.

I'm sure there is a skip button around here somewhere...  No?  *sigh*...

Oh well, how long could it be? 
Don't let the glasses fool ya ....
Or,..  his wonderful live version of Statesboro Blues,...  or Main Street Moan.
There you go again Bill. So much great Bromberg out there, and you still play only the carny song. Try anything off "How Late'll You Play Till?" Or just play Delia. That is one great David song. But please, a little variety?
I was kind...gave it a 2
He's still around - https://www.davidbrombergfineviolins.com/

Love Bromberg! I saw Bromberg, Hartford, and a handful of otheres at the Philly Folk Fest ~72. The only instruments they used were their hands. If you closed your eyes you'd swear there was a horn section on stage. One of a kind.
reminds me of one of my favorite album covers...

 Carl wrote:
Lyrics: fun.
Music: tedious.
Song: Barely acceptable.
 
Agree with all but the "fun" part. I'd substitute "dumb" instead!
Can't hear this song without hearing...
Johnny Ryall is the bum on my stoop
I gave him fifty cents to buy some soup
He knows the time with the fresh Gucci watch
He's even more over than the mayor Ed Koch


Lyrics: fun.
Music: tedious.
Song: Barely acceptable.
 mem_313 wrote:
I wish i could FORGET this song!
 
Put the headphones on and listen to "Hey Soul Sister" by Train. I guarantee - you'll forget everything you ever knew. And then you'll cut off your own head. 


There are many, many reasons I love listening to Radio Paradise. Alas, this is not one of them.
Okay - this really deserves to be followed by a Warren Zevon song, and maybe a John Prine song, or Loudon Wainright III, or Frank Zappa...  I'm totally loving this. {#Dancingbanana_2}
As a pre-MTV kid, I couldn't get the picture of actor Bruce Dern delivering these lyrics out of my head.
I have always loved this song - great to hear it again!
 Businessgypsy wrote:
I had hair down to my waist last time I heard this - and it was brown!

 
{#Lol}...you too !  Well I was a blond.

He is playing back east, he also sometime plays with his wife in the Angel Band. The Angel Band does make it out west so keep your eyes and ears open :)
{#Dancingbanana_2}
dude
 tryallmusic wrote:

I think long forgotten but the Schaefer beer from our youth,  what a memory...

Schaefer Music Festival, NYC '76... ahhhh. David can do no wrong, expecially live, live, LIVE!!!!! I hear he's playing again back east and I'm stuck here in Seattle.


 


 mem_313 wrote:

Consider yourself one of the few who has ever heard it.  Priceless gem.
I wish i could FORGET this song!
 

I wish i could FORGET this song!
 scraig wrote:
The album cover is the only thing keeping this from getting a 1.
 
I always liked Bromberg, but this song really is painful.

The album cover is the only thing keeping this from getting a 1.
Don't nobody move, this is a heist!
David Bromberg -  great guitarist with completely nutty tastes - to me, that made him even more interesting. Others may have been hard pressed to make sense out of him. Wish I still had my old LPs of his....

Schaefer Music Festival, NYC '76... ahhhh. David can do no wrong, expecially live, live, LIVE!!!!! I hear he's playing again back east and I'm stuck here in Seattle.


 carpwall wrote:

One more for the Paul's Boutique sample source file..

 
In case you've got some missing pieces in your collection: https://www.paulsboutique.info/

Yeah!! I didn't know that. Thanks RP :)

 
carpwall wrote:

One more for the Paul's Boutique sample source file..

 


Use to come to Flagstaff all the time. Always a great show! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Beez wrote:
Johnny Ryall!!
 
One more for the Paul's Boutique sample source file..

Oh yeah!!  Love it!
 derekd wrote:
Fun...Tongue in cheek. But enter confused German shepherd look here...
 
Dazed and Confused shep coming up:


David Bromberg will absolutely not be your fool!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mVhFwztRp8
This is so great!!!!!!
My first ever concert - David Bromberg opening up for New Riders of the Purple Sage somewheere at the Jersey shore.
My friends older brother handed me a joint laced w/PCP, and well, the rest is history..... 1979? nah, 77-78.


I had hair down to my waist last time I heard this - and it was brown!



Long time no hear. Clever and cute.
How about playing "The Holdup" for the heck of it?

Hand over your money don't stand there and shiver.
tax time is here, give alms to the poor.
Or I'll put a bullet right through your best liver.
Wealth is disease and I am the cure.

HAH!
 paulmack wrote:


I don't think I'd say this is exactly 'representative' of what David Bromberg does, either, though he always seemed 'quirky' to me, and this fits that. He is also an excellent guitarist with the ability to play a very wide array of styles. Haven't heard him in years (used to play him on my radio show in college all the time back in the '70's) - anybody know what he's doing now?
 
I read that he is in the antique violin business. The version of Sharon on 'You Should See the Rest of the Band' is live and really excellent guitar work. He makes the guitar talk, really talk. The cover is a Gahan Wilson piece of art.
...kinda of zappa-esque...
Johnny Ryall!!
I've always liked the Jewish Cowboy, particularly the How Late'll Ya Play Til album.  DB now has a music shop (specializing in violins, I believe) in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, and still enjoys jamming with his regular customers.
Fun...Tongue in cheek. But enter confused German shepherd look here...

 scarletdancer wrote:
This is not the style of music I normally get into, but this song is really cute.
 

I don't think I'd say this is exactly 'representative' of what David Bromberg does, either, though he always seemed 'quirky' to me, and this fits that. He is also an excellent guitarist with the ability to play a very wide array of styles. Haven't heard him in years (used to play him on my radio show in college all the time back in the '70's) - anybody know what he's doing now?
 stkman wrote:
  The people that saw him live are fortunate, electric or accoustic he is a great guitar player has a crazy sense of humor and  produced Hartfords Aero-Plain
 

David is currently on tour...he'll be here in Houston in a few weeks.

Elwood....??   Zee...??