Frank Carlyle & Martin H. Samuel on Mersey Radio

by Frank Carlyle

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6th June 2016, Frank Carlyle previously played Heatwave B-side, 'Rastus Ravel (Is A Mean Old Man)', then talks to James Brabin about the song in an interview with Martin H. Samuel on Mersey Radio.

YouTube : www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks6aBo4jVO4

lyrics

RASTUS RAVEL (IS A MEAN OLD MAN)

Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
Mama had the time but she didn't have the money
Rastus was a man but he wouldn't take the honey

Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
Papa owned a mine but he couldn't pay the bills
Rastus kept his job ‘cause he wouldn't take his pills

Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
nothin' on his mind but a dollar sign peepin'
tellin' what to do ‘cause the family wants keepin'

Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
Rastus Ravel is a mean old man

you take our money
said you take our soul
said we got no use for livin'
so you might as well be told
get my shotgun
gonna shoot you down
get my shotgun yeah
down on the ground yeah

I said you're so mean now yeah
get out of my way

Mama had the time but she didn't have the money
Rastus was a man but he wouldn't take the honey

Rastus Ravel is a mean old man
Rastus Ravel is a mean old man

© 1970 John Edward

credits

released June 6, 2016
Frank Carlyle - Liverpool Historian / Mersey Radio Presenter : www.frankcarlyle.co.uk

Jason Pinnington - Mersey Radio Producer : www.merseyradio.co.uk

Martin H. Samuel - Heatwave : www.heatwave.n.nu

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Heatwave UK

Heatwave released the Penny Farthing Records single, PEN 738, in London 2nd November 1970.

'Sister Simon (Funny Man)', the A-side, received frequent BBC Radio airplay while 'Rastus Ravel (Is A Mean Old Man'), the funky B-side, is still popular in the clubs.

In addition to a solid dance beat and tight vocal harmonies, the group was known for its pyrotechnic display ~ fire-eating by Martin.
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