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Arthur Alexander

Posted in Arthur Alexander, Songwriters, The Beatles, The Delmonas, The Rolling Stones on June 13, 2012 by fliker1970

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Arthur Alexander (May 10, 1940 – June 9, 1993) was an American country soul singer,recording artist and songwriter.

Arthur Alexander wrote: Anna (Go to Him) & Soldier of Love for The Beatles – Sally Sue Brown for Bob Dylan and You Better Move On for The Rolling Stones

Anna (Go to Him) – The Beatles

During recording John Lennon had a terrible cold, which is why his voice is strange in the song.

This song from “The Beatles”‘ was distributed to USA’S disc jockeys in 1963 as a simple, together with “Ask Me Why.”

This promo simple is a rare collector’s item today

The Beatles played this song on the BBC in 1963.

Anna,
You come and ask me, girl,
To set you free, girl,
You say he loves you more than me,
So I will set you free,
Go with him.
Go with him.

Anna,
Girl, before you go now,
I want you to know, now,
That I still love you so,
But if he loves you mo’,
Go with him.

All of my life,
I’ve been searchin’ for a girl
To love me like I love you.
Oh, now.. But every girl I’ve ever had,
Breaks my heart and leave me sad.
What am I, what am I supposed to do.
Oh…

Anna,
Just one more thing, girl.
You give back your ring to me, and I will set you free,
Go with him.

Chorus

Anna,
Just one more thing, girl.
You give back your ring to me, and I will set you free,
Go with him.
you can go with him, girl
Go with him

Sally Sue Brown – The Delmonas

Look who’s back in town
Ain’t nobody but Sally Sue Brown
All you boys better run for cover
If you don’t a-wanna be a hearted broken lover.

See her in that very tight skirt
Got what it takes
Just to make you hurt
Don’t you see by those big bright eyes
Prefer to treat her nasty and low down lies.

Makes no difference where she’s been
I’m go in south and doin’ them things again
Bake in a hot tub, down the line
I’d rather see you ruin this a-heart of mine.

I’ll go see them come down my way
Like a fool you’re gonna hear me say:
“I’ll lay at your bed Sally Sue Brown
Please let me love you, baby
Don’t put me down”.

Makes no difference where she’s been
I’m go in south and doin’ them things again
Bake in a hot tub, down the line
I’d rather see you ruin this a-heart of mine.

I’ll go see them come down my way
Like a fool you’re gonna hear me say:
“I’ll lay at your bed Sally Sue Brown
Please let me love you, baby
Don’t put me down”.

June = Junior. Arthur Alexander’s nickname at high school

You Better Move On – The Rolling Stones

A menacing song directed at a guy who has his eye on Arthur’s lover, Alexander explained that it was based on personal experience, and everyone involved in the recording knew who he was singing about.

You asked me to give up the hand
Of the girl I love
You tell me I’m not the man
She’s worthy of
But who are you to tell her who to love?
That’s up to her
Yes, and the Lord, above
You better move on

Well, I know
You can buy her fancy clothes
And diamond rings
But I believe she’s a-happy with me
Without those things
Still you beg me to set her free
But my friend, that will never be
You better move on

I can’t blame you for lovin’ her
But can’t you understand, man
She’s a-my girl
And I-I-I, I’m never gonna let her go
‘Cause I-I-I, I-I love her so

You might think you’d better go
Now, I’m gettin’ mighty mad
You’ve asked me to give up
The only love I’ve ever had
Maybe I would, oh, but I love her so
Never gonna let her go
You better move on
(You better move on)

You better move on
(You better move on)
You better move on
(You better move on)

You better move on
(You better move on)

[FADES]

You better move on
(You better move on).

Arthur Alexander was born in Florence, Alabama, which had the good fortune of being the original site of FAME Studios, home of the Muscle Shoals sound. In 1961, Alexander recorded this song in an abandoned warehouse on Wilson Dam Highway in Muscle Shoals, which FAME owner Rick Hall had rented. The song was distributed by Dot Records in Los Angeles, and became the first hit for the studio; it sold about 800,000 copies and funded a move to 603 East Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, where the studio still operates. Recording on the track were local musicians who were members of the group Dan Penn and the Pallbearers. Over the next few years, a new group of musicians became the house band at FAME, backing up Tommy Roe, the Tams, Joe Tex and Jimmy Hughes. The changing of the guard came in 1965 when this group left for Nashville and the famous “Swampers” became the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, playing on many Soul classics and starting their own studio in the area in 1969.

“Alexander was a “country-soul pioneer” and though largely unknown, “his music is the stuff of genius, a poignant and deeply intimate body of work on par with the best of his contemporaries.” Jason Ankeny, music critic for Allmusic

Studio albums:

You Better Move On (LP, 1962) Label: Dot & London (UK)
Arthur Alexander (LP, 1972) Label: Warner Brothers
Lonely Just Like Me (CD, 1993) Label: Nonesuch/Elektra

Soldier of Love – The Beatles

Lay down your arms of love
and surrender to me.
Lay down your arms of love
and love me peacefully, yeah.
Use your arms for loving me,
baby that’s the way it’s got to be.

There ain’t no reason for you to be bad
for you’re the woman and I love you so.
So forget the other boys, ‘cos my love is real,
come off your battlefield.

Lay down your arms of love,
and love me peacefully.
Lay down your arms of love
and love me tenderly, yeah.
Use your arms for hold me tight,
Baby I don’t want to fight no more

The weapons you’re using
are hurting me bad,
and someday you’re gonna see,
‘cos my love for you baby,
is the truest you’ve ever had.
A soldier of love is hard to be.

Lay down your arms of love,
and let the peacefully.
Lay down your arms of love
and surrender to me, yeah.
Use your arms for squeezing,
and please the one that you want to hold.

Soldier of love,
baby lay down your arms,
soldier of love,
baby lay down your arms.

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