The complete lyrics - all in good time
some = all / the effluxion of time

65 Speed King

(Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice)
From the Deep Purple album Deep Purple In Rock & also from Gillan's Inn

This is the first song we wrote, when Roger Glover and I joined Deep Purple in 1969. Rehearsing at a Community Centre in West London, we experienced the method of song-writing that we have used ever since with the band - or group as it was once known.

Even, for example, on the last album 'Rapture of the Deep' there was no master plan. Nothing had been written in advance, no scraps of lyric or even a song title. We had no idea what lay ahead.

We turned up in L.A., someone put on the kettle. We enquired politely about the families back home and discussed the prospects of Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and QPR in the forthcoming football season. Having dealt with the niceties, we dutifully trooped out of the kitchen and picked up our instruments - in my case a pencil. We jammed for a few hours every day - usually from about 1.00-6.00PM - until the record was done a few weeks later.

Anyway, back to '69

I was engulfed by what sounded like four jet-powered rhinos approaching from the quadraphonic galaxy - none of your 5.1 then. No doubt at all they would reach terminal velocity at the point where I was standing dumbstruck by my microphone.

Through all my previous life adventures I had never been in such an exciting and dangerous situation. Thrilled as I was, it became immediately obvious that I had to respond without delay, either that or become overwhelmed by it all and maybe not survive the initiation. I since found out that Roger felt pretty much the same about this new concept of blindfold-jamming at the Chancellor's residence.

There was no time to think, so - purely in self defence - I yelled back at them, screaming extracts from the first things that came to mind - Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Lonnie Donegan. Each of the aforementioned came to my rescue with the verses, but the chorus was all my own - Ha!

Often misunderstood, but I can tell you now that it's not about drugs/speed etc. In fact it is quite simply about fast desperate singing.

As with all of the older songs the words have 'evolved' a bit over the years, but all for the better I think.

Speed KIng

(Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice)

Good Golly said little Miss Molly
When she was rockin' in the house of blue light.
Tutti Frutti was oh so rooty
When she was rockin' to the east and west
Lucille was oh so real
When she didn't do her daddy's will
Come on baby drive me crazy do it do it

I'm a speed king
You got to hear me sing
I'm a speed king
See me fly

Saturday night and I just got paid
Gonna fool about ain't gonna save
Some people gonna rock some people gonna roll
Gonna have a party to save my soul
Hard headed woman and a soft hearted man
They been causing trouble since it all began
Take a little rice take a little beans
Gonna rock and roll down to New Orleans

I'm a speed king
You got to hear me sing
I'm a speed king
See me fly

Good golly said little Miss Molly
When she was rocking in the house of blue light
Tutti Frutti was oh so rooty
When she was rockin' to the east and west
Some people gonna rock some people gonna roll
Gonna have a party to save my soul
Come on baby drive me crazy do it do it

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