The Loco – Motion- Grand Funk Railroad

May 8, 2022

The Loco-Motion is a 1960s pop song written by American songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Originally written by Dee Dee Sharp, the song was recorded by Little Eva in 1962 and re-recorded by the Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 

The Loco-Motion song is famous for reaching the top of the American charts during three separate decades.  The song appeared first in 1962 by the American pop singer Little Eva (the US no 1). It was then re-recorded in 1974 by the American band Grand Funk Railroad (US no. 1) and in 1988 by the Australian singer Kylie Minogue (the US no 3).

Loco-Motion is an outstanding example of the dance-song genre. The lyrics are dedicated to describing the dance itself. Loco-Motion is usually performed as a type of line dance, but the song foreruns the dance.

There is more to learn about Loco-Motion, and the information below will be helpful. 

Facts about the Song Loco-Motion

  • A couple wrote Loco-Motion; Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
  • The song was originally recorded by Little Eva in 1962.
  • Although Grand Funk is a swaggering rock band, their cover of Loco-Motion did so well. Their rock sound and attitude blended well with the dance craze, Loco-Motion.
  • The cover was the second of two Grand Funk #1 US hits after “We’re An American Band”.
  • The band experienced challenges while filling the arena in the mid-‘70s.
  • Todd Rundgren began working with the band on their preceding album, “We’re An American Band.
  • Todd Rundgren was instrumental in Grand Funk’s movement from long songs such as “Closer To Home.” Then, Grand Funk began singing short songs that became great hits and got lots of airplay.
  • The Grand Funk band was successful in cover songs. The band recorded popular versions of “Inside Looking Out,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” and “Gimme Shelter.”

Lyrics:

https://genius.com/Little-eva-the-loco-motion-lyrics

Everybody’s doin’ a brand new dance now

(Come on baby do the locomotion)

I know you’ll get to like it if you give it a chance now

(Come on baby do the locomotion)

My little baby sister can do it with ease

It’s easier than learning your A B C’s

So come on, come on, do the locomotion with me

You gotta swing your hips now

Come on baby, jump up, jump back

Well, I think you got the knack, ohh

Now that you can do it, let’s make a chain now

(Come on baby do the locomotion)

Chug-a chug-a motion like a railway train now

(Come on baby do the locomotion)

Do it nice and easy now don’t lose control

A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul

So come on, come on, do the locomotion with me

Come on, do the locomotion

Come on, do the locomotion

Come on, do the locomotion

Come on, come on, come on, come on

Move around the floor in a locomotion

(Come on baby do the locomotion)

Do it holding hands if you got the notion

(Come on baby do the loco-motion)

There’s never been a dance that’s so easy to do

It even makes you happy when you’re feeling blue

So come on, come on, do the locomotion with me

You gotta swing your hips now

Come on baby, jump up, jump back

Well, I think you got the knack, ohh

Do the loc, do the loc, do the loco locomotion

(Come on do the locomotion)

Do the loc, do the loc, do the loco locomotion

(Come on, do the locomotion)

Come on baby

All that you can do is come on baby

Come on, come on, come on, come on…

Come on!

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1 Comment

  1. Frank J. Ruggieri

    Little Eva was Carole Kin’s baby sitter before she recorded the song.

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