Machine . . . There But for the Grace of God, There Go I





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Machine was an American funk disco group, formed by August Darnell in 1977. The group is most remembered today for their 1979 disco hit, "There But for the Grace of God Go I". The group disbanded in the early 1980s, and Darnell went on to form Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Carlos and Carmen Vidal just had a child
A lovely girl with a crooked smile
Now they gotta split 'cause the Bronx ain't fit
For a kid to grow up in
Let's find a place they say, somewhere far away
With no blacks, no Jews and no gays

There but for the grace of God go I

Poppy and the family left the dirty streets
To find a quiet place overseas
And year after year the kid has to hear
The do's the don'ts and the dears
And when she's ten years old she digs that rock 'n' roll
But Poppy bans it from home


Baby, she turns out to be a natural freak
Popping pills and smoking weed
And when she's sweet sixteen she packs her things and leaves
With a man she met on the street
Carmen starts to bawl, bangs her head to the wall
Too much love is worse than none at all

Machine (1979)
Moving On (1980)

"There But For the Grace of God Go I" (RCA Victor, 1979) (Billboard Hot 100 #77, Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #91, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #8)
"Is It Love" / "I Finally Found" (RCA Victor, 1980) (Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #27)
"Power and Reason" / "Thunder, Lightning, and Rain" (RCA, 1980)

Links to Amii Stewart Knock on Wood video and Wikipedia page.




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