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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

@alastaire "Why are the chords even relevant if it sounds good?"
Don't remember/can't find mentioning the chords?

"Why is your opinion more relevant because you are a guitarist?"
I never said it was "more relevant" , mentioning guitar playing in context of the specific discussion I was having was just "relevant". Not more so.

"So what if elvis's version has more tutorials on YouTube?"
The point was Scotty Moore ,was known as Presley's "secret weapon" for a good reason, the articulation in his playing, for that time,His guitar sound ,for that time, was responsible for alot of the success of the record & inspiring the guitarists mentioned.

I was addressing comments here void of any critical thinking, claiming success of Presley's record was due to the following factors:
1) only 'cause He was white and..
2) that the Presley record was actually "dumbed down" to be "palatable to white's" as compared to Thornton's record (that's not only vomiting out cliches but also a denial of musical reality. Presley's record packs a punch ,as does Thornton's voice IMO)
3) It's all about Presley (...cause it's not, that's why I brought up what was muscially interesting about the record asides HIM. that includes the adding richness & backing vocal Harmony from the Jordinaires,not typically a feature in Blues music)

4)the youtube/guitar lessons example: For perspective on Scotty Moore'S legacy of influence, & that specific song(Hound Dog) being one of the more infamous 2 solos off the Presley back catalogue that guitarists will learn, I was just drawing attention to the fact those 2 solos, nearly 70 yrs in vintage, are still stylistically credible & of value to have in your bag of tricks as a guitar player. Hence the youtube example.

5)Tuning problems:
Alot of other players I know listened to the Thornton version ,alot of them not into really old vintage Blues but they had problems listening to the whole piece cause it has alot of tuning problems. Seems ok to me, I know it's meant to be a 'gut bucket' sound. But I'm trying to differentiate qualities of both recordings & put the success of each into perspecitve, outside of political motivation.

As you yourself say about Thornton's record, which is what my feeling was about the Elvis one ,why is Presley's SKIN COLOUR "even relevant if it sounds good" ? Yeah, Good question.

No comments were in any way a refelction on Thornon's ability or legacy. I wouldn't even compare Presley to Her , I believe He wouldn't have done that either from what's been written about Him(He referred to Fats Domino as "the REAL King of Rock'n'Roll")

Any comments were in reply & in context of the comments here, on this youtube posting. They should be about Thornton's record, but double up as an anti-Presley forum.

I tried to put perspective as to why Presley's record was successful, what made it muscially interesting, & that includes from a guitarists point of view yes ,but any musician into 50's R&R. It's not rocket science ,it's just a 50's vintage sound ,it's retro & has alot of cool elements to it ,including The jordinaires ,DJ Fontana's snare riff. It's not even taken from Thornton's version ,yet it has literally been taught in music colleges on African American music history that He took Her version. NOT TRUE:

Presley's recording, & the fact it's known at all, has been reduced here to cliche masquerading as analysis: "cause He was White" "culture vulture" ,"thief" , "sanitized version for the white audiaunce" etc etc I tried to offer an alternative to the political Rachel Dolezal'esque Afrocentric angle, which is used to 'skew' & Usurp ,thru a civil rights lens, any credibility & success of any white artist
Again , why "even relevant if it sounds good" .

"It doesn't change the fact that the majority of guitarists you mentioned were in fact influenced by Thornton, along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the mother of rock and roll..."
I don't hear or read about guitarists mentioning Thornton, though I know that if your point is that in the bigger picture She is a component of the birth of Rock'n'Roll then I understand your point.

Yes Rosetta Tharpe was ahead of Her time ,influenced alot of artists.

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I remember her comment when some reporter came to talk to her in '77 when Elvis died, and asked her how she felt about him having made millions and her only $100 for this song. Her comment, which was pure Winnie Mae Thornton, was "I'm still here to spend my hundred bucks."


@MEME LASHEY kind of like m.j.😁

Luke McPhee

gold :)

Send me your location

@Kaddy Dubois this wasn't a hard work this was easy blues + elvis changed alot of things in the song before he sang it


@Kaddy Dubois no they did Wright it. Big momma sung it.then Elvis heard Freddy and the bellboys sing it in Vegas. Elvis went back a few times to watch them.they had rock it up a bit. So Elvis went back and Elvis & company change some words to make it more masculine.
That's the story believe what you want.

Kaddy Dubois

@SHYBA lieber and stiller didn’t write it they edited big mamma Thornton’s version! Elvis is the face of his brand so if he doesn’t think it’s his job than that’s his problem but at the end of the day the backlash will be directed towards him BECAUSE HE IS THE FACE OF THE ELVIS PRESLEY BRAND!

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credit needs to be given where its due 


@IcanFartLOUDyou're right ELVIS'S version so much better...!!!!!


@Soul Man WELL SAID...!!!!!


@john hughes then you woke up !

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