put on your saillin’ shoes . . .
One of my all-time favorite albums was released 40 years ago this month — Robert Palmer’s first solo effort, SNEAKIN’ SALLY THROUGH THE ALLEY. Backed by The Meters, Palmer delivers funk-ified R&B with a relaxed groove that remains fresh and irreverent four decades later .
There’s something about the flow of one song into the next that makes the listening experience especially revelatory, so go ahead and check out the individual tracks here, but don’t forget to buy this classic album later.
You’ve got to put on your sailin’ shoes
Put on your sailing shoes
Everyone will start to cheer
When you put on your sailin’ shoes
Hey, hey Julia . . with your crazy sense of humor
You turn fact into rumor soon as you come near
A horn section you resemble, and your figure makes me tremble
And I sure would like to handle what’s between your ears
You’re a temptation to a man
I could not resist you, and I won’t if I can
Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley
Trying to double-talk, get myself in trouble talk,
Catching myself in lies (Catching myself in lies)
Mama just looked at me as if I was, ah, crazy
And didn’t even bat an eye.