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"I Shot J.R." b/w "Alberts Funny Farm"


This was the eleventh 7" 45rpm vinyl single released by The Wurzels after Adge Cutler's death. It was released on June 6th 1980 on the John Miles record label, catalogue number JM1003

  Song Lyrics

The Band:

At the time of the recording of this single The Wurzels consisted of Pete Budd, Tommy Banner and Tony Baylis, all of who had been supporting Adge Cutler at the time of his death in 1974.

The Tracks:

I Shot J.R. - the 'A' side on this single - and Alberts Funny Farm were both new and previously unreleased tracks. They were both studio recordings.

Disc and Label Variations:

The examples below are taken from the collection of Professor Wurzel and represent what a collector should expect to find. Generally The Wurzels' vinyl single releases from 1975 onwards tended to have an initial pressing run and were then taken off the catalogue. Matrix, Mother and Stamper codes were still used on the vinyl and the information centred around Adge's 1960's recordings that can be found on the Main Menu under 'Vinyl Collecting Guides' remains relevant (with minor changes between different record labels).

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Image 1:

This single - JM1003 - was the third release on John Miles (The Wurzels manager) own record label who used Pye Records to manufacture and distribute his records.


'A' Side Matrix: JM1003 A1 DTONE 1 O

'B' Side Matrix: JM1003 B2 DT 1  

Collectors' Extras:

Autographed copy of the single JM1003 - signed by all three of the band.

'A' Side Matrix: JM1003 A1 DTONE 1 O                   'B' Side Matrix: JM1003 B2 DT 1  

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"I Shot J.R." b/w "Alberts Funny Farm" - Song Lyrics

  • Side 1      I Shot JR
  • Late one Friday night, I came in on the Dallas flight
    And a lamp was shining bright on the seventh floor
    Now he knew that his day had come
    When he saw my shining gun
    There was nowhere he could run, any more
  • (Chorus)
    I shot JR, I wanted to be a superstar
    I shot JR, I wanted a ride in his big black car
    So I shot JR
  • Now Dusty may be dead, and Miss Ellie's safe in bed
    And Sue Ellen was out of her head, at the time
    So it's no good taking bets
    Or being glued to your TV sets
    That's the last time that he steps, out of line
  • (Repeat chorus)
  • You better get on your knees and pray
    The bullet went astray
    And JR will be back some day, come what may

  • (Repeat chorus twice)
  • Repeat chorus to fade









  • Lyrics Kindly transcribed by E.Bryant,
    Verified by Professor Wurzel
  • Side 2     Albert's Funny Farm
  • There's a place I like to go, when I'm feeling down
    Not too far to travel, only ten miles out of town
    You'll see a crooked five bar gate, just by a crooked stile
    The crooked road continues, about a crooked mile
    There's the cutest little farm you've seen in all your life
    Sitting in the doorway is the farmer and his wife
    They're a crazy couple, who do things differently
    Just look around the farmyard, and you'll really see
  • Things are getting crazy all the time
    Keep on going when you see the sign upon the barn
    To whom it may concern, you'll be pleased to learn
    You're entering old Albert's funny farm
  • They milk the cat and stroke the cow, breed rabbits for their eggs
    Dogs pull all the haycarts, the horse just sits and begs
    Sheep are swimming in the pond, ducks live in the sty
    The farm's become a madhouse since the pigs began to fly
    Chickens are out grazing, the corn grows upside down
    The blackbird flaps his wings to keep the windmill turning round
    The geese all bark together while the donkey taps his hoof
    The bull sings like a lovebird as he perches on the roof
  • Things are getting crazy all the time
    Keep on going when you see the sign upon the barn
    To whom it may concern, you'll be pleased to learn
    You're entering old Albert's funny farm
  • Look at that cat there, he's lining up to be milked again
    Given fourteen pints this week
    Things are getting crazy all the time
    Keep on going when you see the sign upon the barn
    To whom it may concern, you'll be pleased to learn
    You're entering old Albert's funny farm
  • Old Daisy the cow, she loves being tickled under the tail
    And that bull can sing contralto, it'll be a sad day when his voice breaks
    As for flying pigs, well they can be positively dangerous when they're in a playful mood
    Look out! Oh dear, better run a bath Mother!


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