Student Demonstration Time Lyrics - Beach Boys

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[Based on "Riot in Cell Block Number 9" by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller]

Starting out with Berkeley Free Speech
And later on at People's Park
The winds of change fanned into flames
Student demonstrations spark
Down to Isla Vista where police felt so harassed
They called the special riot squad of the L. A. County Sheriff

Well there's a riot going on
There's a riot going on
There's a riot going on
Student demonstration time

The violence spread down South to where Jackson State brothers
Learned not to say nasty things about Southern policemen's mothers
Nothing much was said about it and really next to nothing done
The pen is mightier than the sword, but no match for a gun

Well there's a riot going on
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There's a riot going on
Well there's a riot going on
'Cause it's student demonstration time

America was stunned on May 4, 1970
When rally turned to riot up at Kent State University
They said the students scared the Guard
Though the troops were battle dressed
Four martyrs earned a new degree
The Bachelor of Bullets
I know we're all fed up with useless wars and racial strife
But next time there's a riot, well, you best stay out of sight

Well there's a riot going on
There's a riot going on
Well there's a riot going on
Student demonstration time

Stay away when there's a riot going on
Student demonstration
Stay away when there's a riot going on
Student demonstration
Stay away when there's a riot going on
Student demonstration
Stay away when there's a riot going on
It's student demonstration
Stay away when there's a riot going on
Student demonstration
Stay away when there's a riot going on
Student demonstration
Stay away when there's a riot going on
It's student demonstration
Stay away when there's a riot going on
Student demonstration




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One of my favourites | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/24/10

The previous reviewer was partly correct about this song;- of course the "new degree" was "the batchelor of bullets" & certainly not "the badge of eternal rest" as stated (I really dont know where you got that line from,its not even a misheard lyric!) The song is a Mike Love rip off of Leiber & Stollers "Riot in cell block 9" (not Heartbreak Hotel,
though Elvis did both.) The song is from "Surfs Up", which Brian Wilson retrospectively described as a "piece of shit", although its one of my favourite Beachboys albums.




Beach Boys' Student Demonstration Time" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/4/10

I can't remember the name of the album this song was on, but I do remember the lyrics of one line you have incorrectly cited. The 'new degree' that the martyrs earned was, "the Bachelor of Bullets." The song is a direct knock-off/cover from Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel, which is probably a cover of an African-American blues tune - maybe someone could fill this part in. Anyhow, I could not find the song on iTunes so stumbled over here to see what you guys had on it. When I first heard it, I thought, you guys must be joking; the Beach Boys? making reference to protesting? Perhaps this was as good as they could do. I do like the lyrics even as I feel the music is WAY over the top. Perhaps it was a cynical look back, even in the late 1970s, to futile attempts at changing the world. If so, this song deserves better respect than I initially gave it. I again don't have the info in front of me (kill me!) but I will guess that Brian Wilson had little to do with this production - yet the use of sirens and other(?) effects might support a claim that he did. That they even tried such a subject, I am left with the thought that like so many other things about the band, this song only adds to the enigmatic side of their reputation.





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