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And So It Goes
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

(Note: The spoken parts of this song change with every version; this
version is from 5-13-94 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, when it was
brought back after a two-year absence.)

Rock and roll!

Well I've been around this world and I'll tell you some things
There ain't no free lunches, you gotta watch for the strings
You stand up for your rights and then you try to hold your ground
But only Lady Luck determines if you're up or you're down

Oh faith in my friend and faith in my brother
And faith in my life, I don't know no other
You try to stay happy, you try to stay sane
You get a little pleasure and you get a little pain
You grab the brass ring, you know you've gotta try
You keep right on a-grabbing until the day you die
Life's a big gamble, you have to work on yet
It's a big card shuffle, you take what you can get
You get your joy, you get your heavy blows,
And where she stops, nobody knows
And so it goes... and so it goes...

I could tell you scary stories; I could tell you some lies
It'll take much more than that for me to open your eyes
So go anywhere you want to; do whatever you choose
And only Lady Luck determines if you win or you lose...

Oh faith in my friend and faith in my brother
And faith in my life, I don't know no other
You try to stay happy, you try to stay sane
You get a little pleasure and you get a little pain
You grab the brass ring, you know you've gotta try
You keep right on a-grabbing until the day you die
Life's a big gamble, you have to work on yet
It's a big card shuffle, you take what you can get
You get your joy, you get your heavy blows,
And where she stops, nobody knows
And so it goes... and so it goes...

Do you know what I love about having this microphone in front of my
face where I've got this groove going on behind me all solid and smooth?
Well, I'll tell you. Through the miracle of rock and roll, I can say
absolutely anything, anything at all that will make some kind of sense in
some poetic way to somebody, somehow, somewhere. Observe closely...

Hark! What light through yon window breaks? Kids who live in glass houses
should learn to draw rakes. Them that takes cakes that the Parsee man
bakes makes dreadful mistakes. And those that think we can't do Chicago
are big lousy fakes.

I don't have to explain it; I just gotta make it up... oh, I guess I
should play now.

How is everybody feeling? You know, we're feeling so good, we're gonna
hit it for you one time (1 hit). Ho! Ho! Ho! Ha! Eh! We feel so good,
we're gonna hit it for you seven times (7 hits). This isn't something
you get every day, this is interdimensional, cross-rip timekeeping.
Okay... this has never been done before... we're gonna hit it for you 13
times in honor of Friday the 13th. (13 hits) That felt pretty good!
You know, I'm afraid we're going to have to hit it for you 67 times.
(67 hits)

Okay... all right now... you guys have been such a wonderful
audience... we'd be terribly remiss if we didn't teach you a
little something... the incredible masculine and feminine dance of
awesome and articulate power... the dance that wowed them in
Nigeria in the early 1800's... a dance that wowed them in the
beaches of the USA in 1965... that's right, I'm talking about the
one, the only, Wobbling Surfer. Now, in order to demonstrate this
dance of incredible awesome power, you need a lot of people; you
need a line, as a matter of fact. This has been a dance that has
been banned from most line-dancing establishments, most of your
country/western line-dancing establishments have not had this
dance in their bar because it causes nudity and profane language.
But to demonstrate this dance, we're going to use the world
famous Blues Traveler Stage Crew. Stage Crew, please report, in
uniform! Ladies and gentlemen, the virile and masculine, Blues
Traveler Stage Crew... this one particularly scary-looking. All
right... now what you've got to do is you gotta stand
sideways... picture yourself on a surfboard... knees slightly
bent... arms out at a comfortable distance from the rest of your
body, while your torso remains attached to your head, using the
eyebrows to support the lower lumbar signal angle of your
forehead, try and imagine yourself on a surfboard, and you're
deep, deep, deep in the Mediterranean Ocean, and there's Libyan
terrorists on the left of you, sharks on the right of you, and
you have to wobble, wobble, wobble your way to a safer, trimmer
you. Now I'd like to point out that several doctors had to
operate on my leg to make it safe for me to do the Wobbling
Surfer. But never before has this been attempted... this jump
could very well kill all the people onstage - we don't know
because there's petroleum-based alloys in my leg that could
possibly explode into a ball of fire! But we're going to try it
for you this one time; we're going to try it for you now, we're
gonna do it, and we don't know how - Ladies and Gentlemen, the
Wobbling Surfer, for you, presented for your viewing
pleasure... 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, surf! Go for the jump!


Oh faith in my friend and faith in my brother
And faith in my life, I don't know no other
You try to stay happy, you try to stay sane
You get a little pleasure and you get a little pain
You grab the brass ring, you know you've gotta try
You keep right on a-grabbing until the day you die
Life's a big gamble, you have to work on yet
It's a big card shuffle, you take what you can get
You get your joy, you get your heavy blows,
And where she stops, nobody knows
And so it goes... and so it goes...

If only my Aunt Sylvia could see me now...

Blues Traveler



First release: Blues in My Soul
Released: 01/01/1985
Earliest time played: 02/02/1985
Last time played: 10/18/2003
Playing frequency:
  75 plays (see all shows)
  4.04% of shows in the database
  4.05% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  One of the earliest songs Blues Traveler ever wrote, before they even changed their name. Brendan recalls having played this song at their first show ever, the Hightstown Battle of the Bands.
  Also known as "The Wobbling Surfer", which comes from a dance the band and stage crew perform during the song (described in the lyrics). The tune and dance (usually featuring the crew members in their underwear) has come to be an end-of-tour tradition.