Chuck Berry (1926-2017) Tribute List

Musician Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017 at the age of 90. If anyone can legitimately lay claim to inventing rock n' roll music, it might be Chuck Berry. His amazing blues-inflected guitar work, catchy melodies and humorous lyrics inspired countless musicians after him. Here are ten vocabulary words from the lyrics of Chuck Berry.

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  1. trickle
    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
    Last time I saw Marie she's waving me good-bye
    With hurry home drops on her cheek that trickled from her eye
    Marie is only six years old, information please
    Try to put me through to her in Memphis Tennessee
  2. bold
    fearless and daring
    Hail, hail rock'n'roll
    Deliver me from the days of old
    Long live rock'n'roll
    The beat of the drum is loud and bold
    Rock rock rock'n'roll
    The feelin' is there body and soul
    - School Days
  3. vestibule
    a large entrance or reception room or area
    And then mother took me to Grammar School
    But I stopped all in the vestibule
    - My Ding-a-Ling
  4. reel
    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town, come on
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round
    -Run Rudolph Run
  5. cavalier
    a gallant or courtly gentleman
    She move around like a wave of summer breeze,
    Go, driver, go go, catch 'er for me please
    Moving through the traffic like a mounted cavalier
    Leaning out the taxi window trying to make her hear
    - Nadine
  6. intrigue
    cause to be interested or curious
    And if you want to hear some music like the boys are playin'
    Hold tight, pat your foot, don't let 'em carry it away
    Don't let the heat overcome you when they play so loud
    Oh, don't the music intrigue you when they get a crowd
    You can't dance, I know you wish you could
    I got my eyes on you baby, 'cause you dance so good
    - Carol
  7. dreary
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    Oh, when my days are long and dreary
    And the sun refuse to shine
    I would never weep low and lonely
    If I knew that you were mine
    - Confessin' The Blues
  8. perforate
    having a hole cut through
    She just don't have the appetite
    For gas somehow,
    And Dad, I got four carburetors
    Hooked up on it now.
    I tried to hook another
    To see if I'd do a little good,
    But ain't no place to put it
    'Less I perforate the hood.
    - Dear Dad
  9. consolation
    the comfort you feel when soothed in times of disappointment
    Babe I'm gonna see that you be back home in thirty days
    If you don't give me no consolation
    I'm gonna take it to the United Nations
    I'm gonna see that you be back home in Thirty Days!
    - 30 Days
  10. yearn
    desire strongly or persistently
    New York, Los Angeles, oh, how I yearned for you
    Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
    Let alone just to be at my home back in ol' St. Lou
    - Back in the USA

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