Look Out Cleveland

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"Look Out Cleveland"
Song by The Band
from the album The Band
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1969
Songwriter(s)Robbie Robertson
Producer(s)John Simon

"Look Out Cleveland" is the title of the Robbie Robertson-written song on The Band's self-titled album, also known as The Brown Album. The song begins with a boogie-woogie blues riff by pianist Richard Manuel followed by lead singer Rick Danko warning -- "Look out Cleveland, storm is coming through, And it’s runnin’ right up on you".[1] However the Cleveland referenced in the song is not Cleveland, Ohio but likely Cleveland, Texas, a suburb of Houston which is also mentioned in the chorus -- "Look out, Houston, there’ll be thunder on the hill...".[2] "Look Out Cleveland" differs from most of the songs on The Band's first two albums in that is more influenced by urban blues music than by rural music.[3] According to music critic Nick DeRiso, Elton John's early song "Take Me to the Pilot" appears to be influenced by this song.[3]

Soundtrack Listing[edit]

"Look Out Cleveland" is featured in the movie A Home at the End of the World, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Michael Cunningham. In the film, the song is used in a scene where the two main characters (played by Colin Farrell and Dallas Roberts), are singing along to the song while riding a truck.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Albert Lee on his album "That's Alright Mama."

Blues artist Jackie Greene covered the song for Endless Highway: The Music of The Band, a 2007 tribute album to The Band.

Phish opened their show at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, on June 12, 2010, with "Look Out Cleveland".

Charlie Robison covered the song on his 2013 album "High Life".



  1. ^ "Look Out Cleveland". MetroLyrics. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  2. ^ "Look Out Cleveland (1969)". SongMango. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  3. ^ a b DeRiso, N. "Across the Great Divide: The Band, "Look Out Cleveland" from The Band (1969)". Something Else!. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  4. ^ "Soundtrack Album: A Home at the End of the World". http://theband.hiof.no/. Retrieved 2008-01-21. External link in |publisher= (help)[dead link]