ZZ Top – La Grange

ZZ Top – La Grange – Live on the Howard Stern Show, 2013.

Father: Turn this off.
Me: why, dad?
Father: we’ve got bigger speakers downstairs.

Pure mastery from 3 Texans.

The track opens with a distinctive, rhythmic guitar riff that immediately captures the listener’s attention. This riff, combined with the steady drumbeat, sets the tone for the song’s irresistibly catchy groove. As the vocals kick in, ZZ Top’s trademark bluesy style comes to the forefront, exuding a raw and gritty energy that is quintessentially Texan.

One of the most striking elements of “La Grange” is its storytelling lyrics, which depict the allure and mystique of the infamous “Chicken Ranch” brothel in La Grange, Texas. The narrative quality of the song adds depth and character, drawing the audience into a vivid portrayal of the local culture and folklore.

The guitar work in “La Grange” is nothing short of legendary. Billy Gibbons’ masterful playing shines throughout the track, showcasing his distinctive blend of blues and rock influences. The guitar solo in the latter part of the song serves as a testament to Gibbons’ virtuosity and remains one of the most celebrated moments in the history of rock music.

Beyond its musical prowess, “La Grange” has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Its infectious groove and memorable lyrics have been embraced across generations, and the song’s influence can be felt in various forms of media, from films to advertisements.

“La Grange” stands as a testament to ZZ Top’s enduring musical legacy. Its irresistible blend of blues, rock, and storytelling has solidified its status as a classic, and its impact continues to resonate with music enthusiasts around the world. Whether it’s the first time you’re hearing it or the hundredth, “La Grange” never fails to captivate and energize, making it a timeless gem in the pantheon of rock music.

Rumor spreadin’ ’round
In that Texas town
About that shack outside La Grange
And you know what I’m talkin’ about
Just let me know if you wanna go
To that home out on the range
They got a lot of nice girls

Have mercy
A-haw, haw, haw, haw
A-haw, haw, haw, haw

Well, I hear it’s fine
If you got the time
And the ten to get yourself in
A-hmm, hmm
And I hear it’s tight
Most every night
But now I might be mistaken
Hmm, hmm, hmm

Have mercy

Songwriters: Billy Gibbons / Frank Beard / Joe Hill
La Grange lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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