Roller Derby Queen

Roller Derby Queen – A Song by: Jim Croce – Bass Cover by: Lanny

Two options for viewing and listening… A 44mb file in “.mov” format, or a 68mb file in “.mp4” format – both options loaded below….

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68mb “.mp4” File

Roller Derby Queen was a song written and performed by the late Jim Croce. The song was released just prior to his death in 1973.

The is a song about a woman Jim met doing a gig at a local country and western bar. As they sat and drank together, he came to find out she used to be in the roller derby and that her husband was a state trooper. He described her as being about 400 pounds, saying, “Every time I watched her clap, I could see the fat on her arm jiggling back and forth. It was a beautiful sight.” He also pointed out her penchant for hair spray, and how he would see her toting cans of Spray Net back from the supermarket. Croce also claimed that he wouldn’t play the song locally, as her husband could “really mess up a nice day.”

Croce often made up elaborate stories in his songs that were based on real – but often eccentric – people…

When I decided to cover this song on my bass, I wanted to try to find a tone that would somewhat simulate a “Double Bass” and as such used foam under the strings at the bridge, a towel drawn under the strings at the nut and then wrapped over the headstock, and then plucked the strings somewhere around the 14th – 16th frets. I set all tomes and pickups on the Ibanez to “flat”, and used my fingers to mimic (as much as possible) playing an Upright or Double Bass.

The song only took a couple hours to learn since I didn’t have any sheet music so I just used what God gave me from birth – my ears…. Anyway, a fun song to play, and even more fun putting together the cover video!!

Enjoy!!

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