Miami, Florida - February 15, 2000   ♫ 5,000 light years from Birdland but I’m still preachin’ the rhythm. Long-gone, uptight years from Birdland and I’m still teachin’ it with them. Years from the land of the Bird and I am still feelin’ the spirit. 5,000 light years from Birdland but I know people can hear it. Bird named it, Bird made it, Bird heard it, then played it, well-stated! Birdland, it happened down in Birdland. Oh! In the middle of that hub, I remember one jazz club where we went to pat feet down on 52nd street. Everybody heard that word that they named it after Bird where the rhythm swooped and swirled. The jazz corner of the world and the cats they gigged in there were beyond compare. Birdland, I’m singin’ Birdland! Birdland, old swingin’ Birdland! Hey, man, the music really turns you on! You turn me on. Really, you turn me around. And turn me on. Down them stairs, lose them cares, where? Down in Birdland! Total swing, bop was king, there down in Birdland. Bird would cook, Max would look, where? Down in Birdland! Miles came through, ’Trane came too, there down in Birdland. Basie blew, Blakey too, where? Down in Birdland! Cannonball played that hall there, down in Birdland, yeah. There may never be nothin’ such as that. No more, no more. Down in Birdland, that’s where it was at, I know, I know. Back in them days bop was ridin’ high. Hello and goodbye! How well those cats remember their first Birdland gig. To play in Birdland is an honor we still dig. Yeah, that club was like in another world, sure enough, yeah, baby. All of the cats had the cookin’ on.People just sat and they was steady lookin’ on then Bird, he came and spread the word. Birdland! Yes, indeed, he did. Yes, indeed, he did. Yes, indeed, he did. Yes, he did, Parker played at Birdland. Yes, he really did. Yes, indeed, he really did. Yes, he really did. Told the truth down in Birdland. Yes, indeed he did, Yardbird Parker played in Birdland. Yes, indeed, he really did, Charlie Parker played in Birdland. Bird named it, Bird made it, Bird heard it, then played it, well-stated! Birdland, it happened down in Birdland. Everybody dug that beat, everybody stomped their feet. Everybody digs be-bop and they’ll never stop. Down them stairs, lose them cares, yeah, down in Birdland. Total swing, bop was king, yeah, down in Birdland. Bird would cook, Max would look, yeah, down in Birdland. Miles came through, ’Trane came too, yeah, down in Birdland. Basie blew, Blakey too, yeah, down in Birdland. Cannonball played that hall, yeah, down in Birdland. Down them stairs, lose them cares, yeah, down in Birdland. Total swing, bop was king, yeah, down in Birdland. Bird would cook, Max would look, yeah, down in Birdland. Miles came through, ’Trane came too, yeah, down in Birdland. Basie blew, Blakey too, yeah, down in Birdland. Cannonball played that hall, yeah, down in Birdland. Down them stairs, lose your cares, yeah, down in Birdland. Total swing, bop was king, yeah, down in Birdland. Bird would cook, Max would look, yeah, down in Birdland. ♫ This place is for the birds! It’s really amazing how well-behaved these parrots are! (Photo by Krissey, Kodak DC120)
 

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