It Don’t Matter That It’s Getting Late

‘Good Times’ is a song that was written and recorded by Sam Cooke, and released as single in 1964, but it is almost universally known as ‘Let The Good Times Roll’.  The Sam Cooke version of the song hit #1 on the Cash Box R&B chart and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.  This was one of the last songs Cooke wrote and recorded before he was killed on December 11, 1964.  It is one of Cooke’s lighter songs, being about enjoying oneself at a party.

‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is a 1924 song from songwriter Tom Delaney and ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is a 1946 blues song from Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five, but both of these are different songs.  The 1956 Shirley and Lee song written by Shirley Goodman (later Shirley Pixley) and Leonard Lee ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is again a different song.  The 1978 Cars song written by Ric Ocasek ‘Good Times Roll’ is a totally different song.  The 1979 Molly Hatchet song written by Danny Joe Brown, David Lawrence Hlubek and Steven Jerome Holland ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ is also a different song.

The phrase “let the good times roll” means have fun, or be lively and let the party continue, because when things are going well, you shouldn’t mess with it.  This saying is similar to “eat, drink and be merry”, and it reminds me of the reason why Henry David Thoreau went to the woods because he wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life.  “Laissez les bons temps rouler” translated to “Let the good times roll” is a Cajun expression and the unofficial official slogan of Mardi Gras in New Orleans which became a popular from the 1940s -1960s.  “Good times roll round once more” was printed in the New-York (NY) Daily Tribune in 1875.  The last verse of the lyrics below is not in the Sam Cooke original song and it may have been written by the Grateful Dead.

Get in the groove and let the good times roll
We’re gonna stay here till we soothe our soul
If it takes all night long
Come on and let the good times roll
We’re gonna stay here till we soothe our soul
If it takes all night long

The evening sun is sinking low
The clock on the wall says it’s time to go
I got plans, and I got plans for you

I tell you exactly what we’re all gonna do

[chorus]

It might be twelve o’clock and it might be three
Time doesn’t mean that much to me
Ain’t felt this way since I don’t know when
Might not feel this way again

[chorus]

It might be six o’clock and it might be eight
It don’t matter that it’s getting late
We’re gonna make the band play one more song
Get in the groove if it takes all night long

[chorus]

All night (all night)
All night (all night)
If it takes all night (all night)
You know it might take all night long (all night)
All night long (all night)
All night long (all night)
[etc]

Get in the groove and let the good times roll
We’re gonna stay here till we soothe our soul
If it takes all night long

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 83 where this week’s theme is late from the 1982 Pat Benatar song ‘Little Too Late’.

4 thoughts on “It Don’t Matter That It’s Getting Late

  1. I like the Dead version on this one… Brent’s voice is really powerful.
    Thanks Jim…I’ve forgotten about this song…it’s been a long time. It reminds me of another Sam Cooke song…Wonderful World.

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