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The Marshall Plan is the 5th track on Blue Oyster Cult's 7th Studio album titled 'Cultosaurus Erectus'. Released on June 14, 1980. The song focuses on the protagonist named 'Johnny', whom loses his Girlfriend Suzy during a Rock concert. Determined to earn her back, Johnny strives to become a star Guitarist and find Suzy at his own Rock concert. After selling 6 million albums in 2 years, Johnny finds himself on stage but to his surprise, Suzy isn't in the crowd.


 Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom - lead vocals, guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - lead guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards, guitar, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass, vocals, guitar
  • Albert Bouchard - drums, vocals, harmonica

Lyrics

In a dark horse town, in the middle of the west

Where Friday takes so long to arrive

Johnny wakes up dreaming and turns on the radio

The he jumps up playin' his guitar in the mirror

Starts his day with a rock and roll pulse
Tonight's the night that Suzy and he

Are goin' to a rock and roll show

Tonight, I'm gonna see some rock and roll

Yeah, my favorite group is playin'

Tonight, I'm gonna see some rock and roll

Well it's showtime, and he's caught up in the crowd

He hates the crush, but he loves the music loud

He reaches out, but Suzy's disappeared,

Now Johnny's standin' on a corner, after the show

Lookin' for his Suzy dear
But there goes his Suzy in the band's limousine, yeah

Well that's the way it goes at these rock and roll shows

That's the way it goes

It's rock and roll
Well, that's the way it goes

It's rock and roll

Now Suzy's gone, and Johnny hears a thunder

As he rolls another number and he counts

He counts the times he's dreamt himself to be the hero

'Cause then when Suzy (was a bore??)

He's heard about adventure
As he looks into the mirror now he knows
He must be the star and play guitar like thunder

And find Suzy at his rock and roll show

Boy, if I only had a good guitar and a big amp

Boy, it wouldn't be somebody else takin' my girl away
I tell ya, I know what I should do
I'll put an ad in the paper, and get a few other guys
Who want to play as much as I do
I tell ya, I ain't playin' no surf music
I'm gonna play some heavy music
I'm gonna play bad, I'm gonna play loud
I know just what I want it to sound like

It's gonna sound like, it's gonna sound like -

This is Don Kirshner

And tonight on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert
A new phenomenon in the music world
With six million albums to his credit in just two short years

My good friend, here's Johnny

Now Johnny became a legend in his time

Found it easier to live in pain

Half-a-hero in a hard-hearted game

Now it's showtime, and he's caught up in the glow

He hates the rush but he needs the music so
Still he reaches out, but Suzy's disappeared
Well that's the way it goes at these rock and roll shows

It's rock and roll

That's the way it goes, it's rock and roll
That's the way it goes, it's rock and roll

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