Nobody Gonna Make Me Sing

The song ‘Sweet Little Lisa’ was written by Hank DeVito, Donivan Cowart and Walter Cowart and it was first released by Dave Edmunds in 1979.  Dave Edmunds is a Welsh rock musician and this song came out on his fifth album Repeat When Necessary.  Dave Edmunds plays guitars, piano and does vocals on this album along with Billy Bremner playing guitar and singing backing vocals, Nick Lowe on bass and backing vocals and Terry Williams on drums.  Albert Lee also plays guitar on ‘Sweet Little Lisa’.

Apart from often producing his own work Dave has worked with Shakin Stevens and the Sunsets, Fab T Birds, Everly Brothers and the Stray Cats to name but a few.  Some high profile TV/film projects have benefited from Dave’s guiding hand, e.g. the Stardust movie, the 1989 Rome Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion with BB King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino etc. and the great Rockabilly Session with Carl Perkins, George Harrison and the Welsh rocking mafia like Mickey Gee and Geraint Watkins.  Starting out in the ’60s with the band Love Sculpture, Edmunds quickly became a highly regarded guitarist.  He scored a Top 10 hit in 1970 with ‘I Hear You Knocking’ which sold over six million copies worldwide, and he eventually made a legion of fans through his work with Nick Lowe, Terry Williams and Billy Bremner in Rockpile.  Throughout the years he has worked with legendary artists such as Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynne, Elvis Costello and Carl Perkins.

Albert William Lee is an English guitarist known for his finger style and hybrid picking technique that gave him a distinctive six-string twang.  Lee has worked, both in the studio and on tour, with many famous musicians from a wide range of genres with a career that now spans fifty years.  He has also maintained a solo career and is a noted composer and musical director. Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, The Crickets, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and numerous others over his long and illustrious career.  The British-born country-rock artist started his career during the emerging rock ‘n’ roll scene of sixties London, when he swapped bands with the likes of Jimmy Page and Chris Farlowe.

Hank DeVito is an American musician and songwriter. In addition to his recordings with Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band and the Notorious Cherry Bombs, he has been featured as a performer and composer on many albums by other artists.

Well the work whistle blew about a half past five o’clock.
I saw the red light on the corner, man I never tried to stop.
Got pulled over by a man in blue.
He said “What the hell you tryin’a do?”
I told him ‘bout my baby, he let me go, thanks a lot.

Got invited to a party at a high school Hollywood pool.
There were women all around me, man I began to drool.
I weighed the evidence at hand,
I said “Girls you gotta understand,
Since I met my baby I’ve been livin’ by the Golden Rule.”

Aw, there ain’t nobody gonna make me shout.
Ain’t nobody gonna put me out.
Ain’t nobody gonna make me do
Like my sweet little Lisa does.
Ain’t nobody gonna make me sing.
Make me do the wrong damn thing.
I’m sinking my head in a cold cold stream
Like my sweet little Lisa do.

I was hauling out of Dallas, got pulled over by a debutante.
She was playing with her gearshift, I was being kinda nonchalant.
Said she’d take me up to her room,
Keep me following with the Lorna Doones.
I got a sweet sugar mama gonna give me everything I want.

‘Cause ain’t nobody gonna make me shout.
Ain’t nobody gonna put me out.
Ain’t nobody gonna make me do
Like my sweet little Lisa does.
Ain’t nobody gonna make me sing.
Make me do the wrong damn thing.
I’m sinking my head in a cold cold stream
Like my sweet little Lisa do.

11 thoughts on “Nobody Gonna Make Me Sing

  1. I was going to say, it’s about time you picked a song about me. I started listening to the video and see he’s not singing Lisa, he’s singing Lida or Lena. What gives? The guy is a masterful guitar player!

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    1. Sorry this is one of your three comments that was spammed. Yea Albert Lee is great and I don’t really know much about Dave Edmunds. The lyrics say Lisa. You told me your name was Li, but I have seen other bloggers call you Lisa. It is probably just his accent that makes you think he is singing Lida or Lena.

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