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05-10-2004, 14:35   #1
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can anyone remember it or who sung it?
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05-10-2004, 14:56   #2
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Run Run Billy Porter
By: Shadows Of Knight
(Kasenetz/Katz)
1969

Annie came to town this morning
Lookin' for her cheatin' man
She said Billy Porter hadn't done what he oughta
And she's gonna get him if she can

You better run run Billy Porter
She's got a gun gun Billy Porter
You better run
(You better run)

Billy stayed out all evening
And he didn't come home at all
And while Annie was a sleepin' her Billy was a-creepin'
Creepin' up a Ellie May's wall

You better run run Billy Porter
She's got a gun gun Billy Porter
You better run
(You better run)

Last time I saw Billy
He was headin' on over the hill
Well he took Billy flyin' tears and a cryin' [need help with this line!]
I'm gonna catch you yes I will

You better run run Billy Porter
She's got a gun gun Billy Porter
You better run
(You better run)
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05-10-2004, 15:14   #3
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billy porter was sang by mick ronson classic track was never the hit it deserved to be
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05-10-2004, 15:26   #4
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billy porter was sang by mick ronson classic track was never the hit it deserved to be
That's correct. "Billy Porter" was on the the 1974 Mick Ronson LP "Play Don't Worry".

The Shadows Of Knight track "Run Run Billy Porter" is a different song from the late 60s
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05-10-2004, 16:41   #5
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The Shadows Of Knight track "Run Run Billy Porter" is a different song from the late 60s
i thought i didn't reconise the words...there's me thinking i was going mad
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05-10-2004, 16:48   #6
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kazaa has no record of it..gutted
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05-10-2004, 17:31   #7
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Did Mick Ronson have something to do with David Bowie...?
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05-10-2004, 17:52   #8
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oops sorry, it was the first thing I found and didn't think there would be that many songs about billy porter.

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05-10-2004, 17:53   #9
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is this it?

BILLY PORTER
Album : Play Don't Worry 1975
(Words & Music : Mick Ronson)


Walking down an empty road
I saw a man in old grey clothes
A stranger

Passing by he smiled at me
But when I looked I realised the danger

For his eyes they looked so empty and cold
And something told me that I'm gonna be rolled
In my pocket only cents and dimes
But then for them he'd gladly kill me

Walking past and walking fast
I managed just to slip around a corner

Thought he'd hear my running feet
As I went pounding down the street
Like thunder

Well I've never heard my heart beat so fast
And I've never been so scared in the past
And I never ever realised
That this place could be evil to me

Billy Porter
You didn't tell me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun
What have I done

Well I've never heard my heart beat so fast
And I've never been so scared in the past
And I never ever realised
That this place could be evil to me
Let me tell ya'

Now Billy's smart and Billy's tough
He's good to have
When the going's rough
He told me

"Don't go out on your own at night
For if you do you'll have to fight
Stay by me"

Now he's teaching me
Each and every day
And I think that in this place
I might stay
And I never, ever realised
What a roughneck I would turn out to be

Billy Porter
You never told me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun
What can be done

Billy Porter
You never told me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun

Billy Porter
You never told me that I'd be on the run
Billy Porter
What would father say if he saw his son
Billy Porter
You never told me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun
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05-10-2004, 20:25   #10
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Mick Ronson was, I think, in David Bowie's backing band.
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05-10-2004, 23:25   #11
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Mick Ronson was, I think, in David Bowie's backing band.
Yes Mick Ronson was on all of Bowie's albums from 1970 - 73: The Man Who Sold The World to Pin Ups (ie all the good ones).

Together with Bowie, he co-produced (and played on) the Lou Reed album Transformer.

He later worked with Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Tour in 1976/77 and made a few albums with Ian Hunter from Mott The Hoople.

Not only that, he was a Yorkshire lad as well (from Hull).

He sadly died in 1993.
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08-10-2004, 13:26   #12
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I have got the 45 record of billy porter.not heard it for years.gr8 song tho.think il hunt it out now.you've got me started on the old records now,think il search for 10cc-dreadlock holiday as well.oh i can feel my youth coming on AGAIN!

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09-10-2004, 13:09   #13
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Originally posted by bonny
is this it?

BILLY PORTER
Album : Play Don't Worry 1975
(Words & Music : Mick Ronson)


Walking down an empty road
I saw a man in old grey clothes
A stranger

Passing by he smiled at me
But when I looked I realised the danger

For his eyes they looked so empty and cold
And something told me that I'm gonna be rolled
In my pocket only cents and dimes
But then for them he'd gladly kill me

Walking past and walking fast
I managed just to slip around a corner

Thought he'd hear my running feet
As I went pounding down the street
Like thunder

Well I've never heard my heart beat so fast
And I've never been so scared in the past
And I never ever realised
That this place could be evil to me

Billy Porter
You didn't tell me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun
What have I done

Well I've never heard my heart beat so fast
And I've never been so scared in the past
And I never ever realised
That this place could be evil to me
Let me tell ya'

Now Billy's smart and Billy's tough
He's good to have
When the going's rough
He told me

"Don't go out on your own at night
For if you do you'll have to fight
Stay by me"

Now he's teaching me
Each and every day
And I think that in this place
I might stay
And I never, ever realised
What a roughneck I would turn out to be

Billy Porter
You never told me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun
What can be done

Billy Porter
You never told me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun

Billy Porter
You never told me that I'd be on the run
Billy Porter
What would father say if he saw his son
Billy Porter
You never told me that I needed a gun
Billy Porter
When you wrote you said
That this place is fun
cheers bonny
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14-10-2004, 08:19   #14
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I too have the original 45, and still play it occasionally. It's one of my favorite songs. My brother can do the high bits in the harmonies. (I can't)
Mick was a practising Mormon, which wasn't revealed until after he died. Surprised a few people, including me.
If you listen to the "Bowie at the Beeb" CD, it has Bowie and Ronson's first ever performance together, on a John Peel session. Well worth a listen.
The now famous Lou Reed song, Perfect Day, features Mick on Piano and "Arrangements". Many felt at the time that the success of that album, Transformer, was due as much to Mick as anyone.
Ian Hunter nicknamed him "Bat out of Hull"
A truely lovely guy, and sadly missed.

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13-09-2006, 23:23   #15
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kazaa has no record of it..gutted
Hi, Kirky try DC++ I got it from there. It was released in 1975. Mick Ronson was the guitarist for David Bowie
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14-09-2006, 08:51   #16
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Did Mick Ronson have something to do with David Bowie...?

This was one of my first ever posts...!
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14-09-2006, 18:11   #17
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This was one of my first ever posts...!
Check this site out to find more about Mick Ronson (one of the spiders from mars)http://www.5years.com/spiders.htm
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15-09-2006, 10:08   #18
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Mick effectively co-wrote much of David Bowie's early stuff, he wasn't put down as co-writer though and unfortunately his widow doesn't get the royalties that she really should.
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Check out this book.. The Spider With The Platinum Hair by Wierd and Gilly - all u need to know about 'Ronno' ..sadly missed
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One of the highlights of the "Aladdin Sane" tour was Ronno's solo on "Panic in Detroit" played on a white Les Paul. It went on long enough for the rest of the band to leave the stage and have a refreshing cup of tea.

Those really were the days!!!
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