My Own Lyrics Challenge 1973 - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce


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The lyrics to the song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” are based on a person Jim Croce had met a few years earlier. This bigger than life character made an impression of wealth and power, but came to a bad ending.

My Own Lyrics Challenge is going through the years to spotlight cool songs and this post is for 1973. "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" was a number one hit upon release and ended up taking the second spot on the year end list. It was the last hit for Jim Croce before he died in a plane crash in September 1973.

This video for “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" is a performance on the tv show, “The Midnight Special” before the song was released. The lead guitar player, Maury Muehleisen also died in the crash. but here, you can see their joy in performing, and wonderful skills.


Bad, Bad Leroy Brown Lyrics - Jim Croce

Well the South side of Chicago
Is the baddest part of town
And if you go down there
You better just beware
Of a man named Leroy Brown

Now Leroy more than trouble
You see he stand 'bout six foot four
All the downtown ladies call him "Treetop Lover"
All the men just call him "Sir"

And he's bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog

Now Leroy he a gambler
And he like his fancy clothes
And he like to wave his diamond rings
In front of everybody's nose
He got a custom Continental
He got an Eldorado too
He got a 32 gun in his pocket for fun
He got a razor in his shoe

And he's bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog

Well Friday bout a week ago
Leroy shootin' dice
And at the edge of the bar
Sat a girl named Doris
And ooh that girl looked nice
Well he cast his eyes upon her
And the trouble soon began
Leroy Brown he learned a lesson
'Bout messin' with the wife of a jealous man

And he's bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damned town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog

Well the two men took to fightin'
And when they pulled them from the floor
Leroy looked like a jigsaw puzzle
With a couple of pieces gone

And he's bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog

And he’s bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog


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Nice tribute. And now Jim's son AJ is performing his dad's music after years of only playing his own originals. Life is bittersweet.

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