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Skateboard Boy


This song was written and recorded circa 1977-1978 by the Nits. It was never put on an album, but it was played live a lot in the late '70s. During the Nits (Debut Album) Tour of 1977-1979 they played it similar to the studio version. During the 1979-1980 Tent Tour the song lost its lyrics and it was played as an instrumental. The next  incarnation of the song was in 1980 on a demo version of Different Kitchen of New Flat, where the music formed the basis of this song. Later on they scrapped that and wrote new music for the song, but the rhythm is still very similar to Skateboard Boy.

Then it was silent for 20 years for this song, until coverband LICE dug it up and played it on November 19th 2000 at Greatest Nits INC, much to the surprise of everyone in the audience. Only a handful of people were familiar with this song!

After some questions by people who were there I'm happy to be able to make the original studio version of this song available as a download. LICE used this version to figure out the lyrics and to learn the music.

I'd like to thank the Nits for their permission to make this unreleased song available!

The mp3 file is about 2 MB big. Click on the image to download.

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The lyrics and chords of the song are:

C | D | C | D | Em | A | D |

verse:
C                    D
I am Rodney the skateboard boy
C                                   D
Four alligator wheels under my toy
Em                                                      A          D
Blue-red, rubber sole tennisshoes on my feet

C           D
Sunset hawaii T-shirt
C                            D
it's yellow, green and it is dirty
Em                                       A   D
Helmet is up on my head, it's red

chorus:
G                             Em
Skateboard Boy, Skateboard Boy
Bm                        Am D
riding days upon my toy
G                            Em
Skateboard Boy, Skateboard Boy
Bm                       Am   D
riding days upon my toy

verse:
Riding rules up in L.A.
I used to park them every day
I'm cool OK, like cornflakes and O-J.

Kick dirt faster, rock well slow,
I'm on the 'edge' and here I'll go!
I lost my helmet and my head, I'm dead.

chorus:
Skateboard Boy, Skateboard Boy
riding days upon my toy
Skateboard Boy, Skateboard Boy
riding days upon my toy

{intermezzo on verse}

G                            Em
Skateboard Kid, Skateboard Kid
Bm                    Am  D
I like it and you like it
G                            Em
Skateboard Kid, Skateboard Kid
Bm                    Am  D
I like it and you like it

G                             Em
Skateboard Rider in the rain
Bm                      Am    D
Randy sing that song again
G                             Em
Skateboard Rider in the rain
Bm                      Am    D
Randy sing that song again
G                           Em
Skateboard Boy, Skateboard Boy
Bm                        Am G
riding days upon my toy

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