The Yardbirds — Over Under Sideways Down
Album: Roger The Engineer
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Released: 1966
Length: 2:18
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(Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!)
Cars and girls are easy come by in this day and age.
Laughing, joking, dreams, weed smoking, till I've spent my wage.
When I was young, people spoke of immorality.
All the things they said were wrong are what I want to be.

(Hey!) Over, under, sideways, down,
(Hey!) I bounce a ball that's square and round.
(Hey!) Over, under, sideways, down,
(Hey!) I bounce a ball that's square and round.
When will it end? (When will it end?)
When will it end? (When will it end?)

(Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!)
I find comments 'bout my looks irrelativity.
Think I'll go and have some fun, 'cause it's all for free.
I'm not searchin' for a reason to enjoy myself.
Seems it's better done than argue with somebody else.

(Hey!) Over, under, sideways, down,
(Hey!) I bounce a ball that's square and round.
(Hey!) Over, under, sideways, down,
(Hey!) I bounce a ball that's square and round.
When will it end? (When will it end?)
When will it end? (When will it end?)
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 ekin wrote:
picture of braying donkey
 

What a flattering selfie of you, ekin! But I think we were all expecting a pic of the other end. 


 ginniet wrote:
That takes me back to high school.  {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
Yep, long time ago.

If you look up "seminal group" in Wikipedia, you see a picture of the Yardbirds (or you should).  Great just great!
 ginniet wrote:
That takes me back to high school.  {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
Takes me back to summer visits to Pennsylvania, discussing music with my cousins, fishing, good time ... probably not a typical reaction.

But, hey . . .

{#Bananajam} 
This has got to be the best worst album cover of all time.
That takes me back to high school.  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 FrankMc wrote:
For what it's worth: My Lai.

Let us not forget Martin Luther King, Chicago Democratic National Convention, Kent State, Watts and Detroit burning, Watergate, Walter Cronkite stating that the U.S. Government was flatly lying about Vietnam, evacuation of U.S. Embassy in Saigon by helicopter with people hanging from the landing struts as we got out of town as fast as we could.

Exciting may not be quite the word.

A corporate trainer named Morris Massey suggests that your outlook on life is determined by what the world was up to when you were fifteen. Some of the events referenced herein were before or after that point in my life but they're all close. I'm not the most trusting individual in the world. I have managed to overcome my cynicism (to some extent) but it hasn't been easy.

gemtag wrote:
Seems that most here lived thru the bay of pigs, moon landing, Kennedy brothers. My Li. etc.

What exciting times. 

The yardbirds were my first real favorite.

 
 
I remember being woken up in the middle of the night by a thunderstorm in the early 60's. Seeing the flashing of light scared the hell out of me, thinking it was the dreaded A-bomb and I was about to be obliterated.

Very exciting times indeed. 


 


Became familiar with this song in May 1979, right at the occurrence of this huge tragedy. Hence the title...felt it was ironic.
Absolute sonic orgasm....! {#Clap}
Wasn't this one of Jeff Beck's guitar leads?
 FrankMc wrote:
For what it's worth: My Lai.

Let us not forget Martin Luther King, Chicago Democratic National Convention, Kent State, Watts and Detroit burning, Watergate, Walter Cronkite stating that the U.S. Government was flatly lying about Vietnam, evacuation of U.S. Embassy in Saigon by helicopter with people hanging from the landing struts as we got out of town as fast as we could.

Exciting may not be quite the word.

A corporate trainer named Morris Massey suggests that your outlook on life is determined by what the world was up to when you were fifteen. Some of the events referenced herein were before or after that point in my life but they're all close. I'm not the most trusting individual in the world. I have managed to overcome my cynicism (to some extent) but it hasn't been easy.

gemtag wrote:
Seems that most here lived thru the bay of pigs, moon landing, Kennedy brothers. My Li. etc.

What exciting times. 

The yardbirds were my first real favorite.

 
 
  ????????? so whats the statements got to do with the Lyrics and The Yardbirds ... Or is this site now become a political platform. ??


For what it's worth: My Lai.

Let us not forget Martin Luther King, Chicago Democratic National Convention, Kent State, Watts and Detroit burning, Watergate, Walter Cronkite stating that the U.S. Government was flatly lying about Vietnam, evacuation of U.S. Embassy in Saigon by helicopter with people hanging from the landing struts as we got out of town as fast as we could.

Exciting may not be quite the word.

A corporate trainer named Morris Massey suggests that your outlook on life is determined by what the world was up to when you were fifteen. Some of the events referenced herein were before or after that point in my life but they're all close. I'm not the most trusting individual in the world. I have managed to overcome my cynicism (to some extent) but it hasn't been easy.

gemtag wrote:
Seems that most here lived thru the bay of pigs, moon landing, Kennedy brothers. My Li. etc.

What exciting times. 

The yardbirds were my first real favorite.

 
 


 kaybee wrote:
What a fun song!  What a fun time to be a teenager!
  Indeed, I saw them live when I was 17, or there abouts, at an outdoor venue. They were great.  Hundreds of concerts later...tinnitus!


What a fun song!  What a fun time to be a teenager!

The correct artwork. This is the first LP this song came out on in 1966
 gemtag wrote:
Seems that most here lived thru the bay of pigs, moon landing, Kennedy brothers. My Li. etc.

What exciting times. 

The yardbirds were my first real favorite.

 
 
This was the first album I ever bought. Still a favorite.

Edit: Ah no,  It was Yardbird's Greatest Hits - thought the cover was wrong.

Seems that most here lived thru the bay of pigs, moon landing, Kennedy brothers. My Li. etc.

What exciting times. 

The yardbirds were my first real favorite.

 
Nice tie, going to a wedding?

Drug-addled and confusing— I LIKE IT!
So, our Drill Sargent would walk out of the barracks and see us all standing there at parade rest and yell, "You look like a bunch of yardbirds!  You're all yardbirds!  You know what yardbirds are!!"
And my thought, which I never spoke but always wanted too, was "Yea, aren't they a 60's English rock band!"  And then he would tell us to drop and do push ups.

Ah, fun times..
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(Goes looking for a smiley doing push ups.  NSL)

Okay, they're remembered more today for incubating three of the greatest guitarists ever in rock, but IMHO The Yardbirds were a terrific band with McCarty and Relf anchoring an ever-changing line-up.
I loved hearing Bowie break into this one toward the end of Jean Genie live back in 1990 — I think
Oh this is just Grand!
 bluedot wrote:

Eric wasn't even the guitar player on this song...it was Jeff Beck!

 
According to Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_Under_Sideways_Down> Clapton wasn't even on this track.

IMHO Jeff beck is/was the best of the three virtuosos
Good stuff! Still sounds great decades later.
Freekin great song man!!{#Clap}
BIG BAND!
("7-8")
 jagdriver wrote:
Gee....what EC could have aspired to.....
 
... could have, but Jeff Beck he will never be

 Nimitz-68 wrote:
Eric Clapton is just a kid on the album cover. (far right)
 
Eric wasn't even the guitar player on this song...it was Jeff Beck!

Hard drivin' Rock n' Roll!
Gee....what EC could have aspired to.....
Amazing...
Hey! {#Roflol}

Now that I listen to this again, it has that early 1960's British skiffle music sound to it.  Great stuff.


 1wolfy wrote:
Makes me want to get off my a__ and rock.
 
You misspellt Arse ;)
Or are you behind a corporate firewall monitoring what passes as "profane" in the US? ;)
Bill?  You out there?  New York City Blues!!!!   Train Kept A'Rollin'!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!{#Drummer}
what a blast from the past!
{#Roflol}{#Lol}
{#Bounce}{#Iamwithstupid}
Terrific song from a great group.  Spawned 3 major lead guitarists (Beck, Clapton, Page) and had a timeless sound with unique instrumentation.
Damn, I missed it!  Frustrated   This song was a heavy influence on Echo and the Bunnymen's "the Cutter" over 15 years later.
 countyman wrote:

I agree.  It can't even be called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
More like the Music Hall of Fame.
When "that girl" from Detroit is in it, it ain't rock.

 
Rock is a big enough place for all voices to be heard. Let the d*ck-heads on the other side exclude people. If you don't like it, don't listen.{#Cheers}
 lionirons wrote:


I don't know...that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is
a useless, worthless and pointless institution, perhaps?
 
I agree.  It can't even be called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
More like the Music Hall of Fame.
When "that girl" from Detroit is in it, it ain't rock.

Got this vinyl somewhere in my box of LP's.....And I remember having posters of the Yardbirds on my bedroom wall. :)
pbm
mojoman wrote:
A most excellent blast from the past.
I agree completely. This was so completely new and wonderful when it came out, and it has stood the test of time.
segueman wrote:
A Jeff Beck era tune yet Clapton still gets the cover shot.
Wasn't that always the way? *Sigh.*
A Jeff Beck era tune yet Clapton still gets the cover shot.