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Hound Dog
Big Mama Thornton Lyrics


You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' 'round the door
You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' 'round my door
You can wag your tail
But I ain't gonna feed you no more

You told me you was high-class
But I could see through that
Yes, you told me you was high-class
But I could see through that
And daddy, I know
You ain't no real cool cat

You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Been snoopin' 'round the door
You're just an old hound dog
Been snoopin' 'round my door
You can wag your tail
But I ain't gonna feed you no more, oh play it on Sam, oh!

Aw, listen to that there old hound dog
Oh, play it, it s'all right in here
Oh, listen to that there old hound dog holler
Oh, play it boy, play it
Oh, you make me feel good
Oh, do the mess around right now, yeah
Now wag your tail
Oh, get it now
Oh, get it now, get it, get it, get it
Oh, go, holler boy

You made me feel so blue
You made me weep and moan
You made me feel so blue
Well you made me weep and moan
'Cause you ain't looking for a woman
All you lookin' is for a home

You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Quit snoopin' 'round the door
You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Quit snoopin' 'round my door
You can wag your tail
But I ain't gonna feed you no more, oh!

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

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Mark R

@Dwight Love "The only difference between his version of Hound Dog and the original was he sped it up" oh yeah?
1)His is not a "remake of the original" ,if anyhting His is a remake of Freddie & The Bellboys recorded version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N2IHNLFmcI Lieber & Stoller are referring to : Freddie Bell ie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buAS_P0ly3g

2)Presley's arrangement has plenty 'stop/starts' that Thornton's does not, punctuated by the SNARE DRUM solo. All you have to do is "listen" ,all the musical information is there.

3)Scotty Moore takes 2 guitar solos, embellished by a vocal harmony backing(the Jordinaires)

4)The double bass line is also different (your serious ,you really want me to explain all this?!) Bill Black is mainly hitting the 1-3-5 off the C, F & G chords out of the 1-4-5 (I-IV-V) progression that 'Hound Dog' is written in. I'm not gonna go into what Thornton's bas player was doing ,suffice to say ,both basslines are NOT the same(though sounds like He goes mostly for just root notes of each chord w/slight variation)

5)Apart from Scotty Moore actually playing in tune (Thornton's guitarist sounds quite out of tune) Scotty's solos are stylisitically completely different, more musically articulate & fluent, are still referenced & copied today by Rockabilly players/enthusiasts (check Scotty Moore hound Dog solos guitar lessons on youtube if you don't believe me)....which show the success of certain records are not cause one person is "better" than the other ,or anything like that , rather the record sometiomes contains muscial components that, at that time , offered something new & more MUSCIALLY, SONICALLY(the sound coming thru the airwaves onto the wireless) as well as........(no.6)

6)....... Presley's early vocal delivery on the record that 1950's Rock'n'Roll fans prefer exclusively.



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Fredericka Rowland

I hope she gets a movie done about her life. She is so underrated and never really got recognized for her work unless somebody ripped her song off.
FYI: Hound dog is not the only song a artist ripped off.

Wray & Nephew

maybe lizzo can play her.

Turk Powers

She didn't write hound Dog; however she wrote Ball and Chain, which Janis Joplin help make popular.

Corey Leonardo Borgert

@stevie same and her version is actually better than Presley's. I knew only the version by Elvis, I came across Big Mama recently.

stevie same

big mama thornton's "hound dog" was a huge hit, the record sold over 500,000 copies and spent 7 weeks at # 1 on the R&B charts in 1953

Corey Leonardo Borgert

The actress would have to be casted carefully. Big Mama Thornton came from the South of the 1920s and 1930s. She knew how much it takes to become successful in those days. Her backstory made her tough. I hope they would not cast someone like Beyonce or Jada Pinkett Smith for this. Even Queen Latifa would have a tough challange to play that role. Let's face it: nowadays, there is waaaaaay less of barriers for American musicians with African ancestry than there was in the pre-WWII USA. Big Mama became a star in a time 20 to 30 years before Dr. King said "I have a dream". I think best would be to cast an unknown actress that had gone through tough times herself, so she becomes credible in that role.

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Destiny Moss

I love how she came from the back singing with no microphone! Yaass big mama!

Wonder Woman

Yes, yes, yes!!!!

Alan Dewtie

she don't take shit she's a QUEEN

Timothy Lewis

@ThatGuyFromTexas I think you have that backwards. ☺️ Perhaps it’s because Janis did a killer version of Ball and Chain, one of the many songs Thornton wrote.

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