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Red Hot
Billy Lee Riley Lyrics


My gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Yeah, my gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Well, she ain't got no money
But man, she's a-really got a lot

Well, I got a gal, six feet four
Sleeps in the kitchen with her feet out the door, but

My gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Yeah, my gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Well, she ain't got no money
But man, she's a-really got a lot

Well, she walks all night, talks all day
She's the kinda woman who'll have her way, but

My gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Yeah, my gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Well, she ain't got no money
But man, she's a-really got a lot

Well, she's the kinda woman who louds around
Spreadin' my business all over town, but

My gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Yeah, my gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Well, she ain't got no money
But man, she's a-really got a lot

Well, she's a one man's woman, that's what I like
But I wish she wasn't gonna change her mind everynight, but

My gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Yeah, my gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Well, she ain't got no money
But man, she's a-really got a lot

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: WILLIAM R. EMERSON

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I loved what Bob Dylan had to say about this Artist last Friday in a Musicares Person Of The Year speech he gave  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-grammys-2015-transcript-of-bob-dylans-musicares-person-of-year-speech-20150207-story.html#page=5

"I'm proud to be here tonight for MusiCares. I think a lot of this organization. They've helped many people. Many musicians who have contributed a lot to our culture. I'd like to personally thank them for what they did for a friend of mine, Billy Lee Riley. A friend of mine who they helped for six years when he was down and couldn't work. Billy was a son of rock 'n' roll, obviously.

He was a true original. He did it all: He played, he sang, he wrote. He would have been a bigger star but Jerry Lee came along. And you know what happens when someone like that comes along. You just don't stand a chance.

So Billy became what is known in the industry -- a condescending term, by the way -- as a one-hit wonder. But sometimes, just sometimes, once in a while, a one-hit wonder can make a more powerful impact than a recording star who's got 20 or 30 hits behind him. And Billy's hit song was called "Red Hot," and it was red hot. It could blast you out of your skull and make you feel happy about it. Change your life. 

He did it with style and grace. You won't find him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's not there. Metallica is. Abba is. Mamas and the Papas -- I know they're in there. Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Steely Dan -- I've got nothing against them. Soft rock, hard rock, psychedelic pop. I got nothing against any of that stuff, but after all, it is called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Billy Lee Riley is not there. Yet. 

I'd see him a couple times a year and we'd always spent time together and he was on a rockabilly festival nostalgia circuit, and we'd cross paths now and again. We'd always spend time together. He was a hero of mine. I'd heard "Red Hot." I must have been only 15 or 16 when I did and it's impressed me to this day.

I never grow tired of listening to it. Never got tired of watching Billy Lee perform, either. We spent time together just talking and playing into the night. He was a deep, truthful man. He wasn't bitter or nostalgic. He just accepted it. He knew where he had come from and he was content with who he was. 

And then one day he got sick. And like my friend John Mellencamp would sing -- because John sang some truth today -- one day you get sick and you don't get better. That's from a song of his called "Life is Short Even on Its Longest Days." It's one of the better songs of the last few years, actually. I ain't lying. 


And I ain't lying when I tell you that MusiCares paid for my friend's doctor bills, and helped him to get spending money. They were able to at least make his life comfortable, tolerable to the end. That is something that can't be repaid. Any organization that would do that would have to have my blessing." ~Bob Dylan



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rosemarc9

I'm 73 years old now. Loved Sun Records as a kid. Some years ago my wife and I heard Billy Lee Riley live, singing his songs in Helena, Arkansas at the annual King Biscuit / Arkansas Blues festival. A great thrill for us. 

Dennis Ashendorf

The last nine paragraphs of this incredible Dylan speech refer to Billy Lee Riley & Red Hot: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-grammys-2015-transcript-of-bob-dylans-musicares-person-of-year-speech-20150207-story.html#page=3 Thank you Mr Dylan. Every word of your speech strikes the core.

Michael Wright

The first time I heard this song I laughed so hard I was crying. This song got me through a lot of difficult times. I’m glad I found it. Rock and Roll will NEVER DIE!!!!

Dan Vanore

Why is there a picture of Charlie Gracie up? C'mon dude if you're gonna post, know what the dude looks like!

kwixotic

There's no doubt this song could influence trillions of other artists, not just big 'ol Bob.  It represents actually a true "foundation" sort of tune in that sense.

JazzmanJeff

Also just read the Bob Dylan speech...and went to YT to hear this song. Great song!

sandra bell

JazzmanJeff had a hell of a good time!

Rick Heeke

https://books.google.com/books?id=uQpE4JrljbMC&pg=PA138&lpg=PA138&dq=jimmy+wilson+jerry+lee+lewis&source=bl&ots=EGmaaNcsdm&sig=RDqksKCIX01rV7PNT___BStMyBs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjb2Jix88jVAhUmjFQKHYMbAVIQ6AEILjAB#v=onepage&q&f=false

Dave Jones

Me 2

Colin Sanders

+javi m Wikipedia says it was Jimmy Wilson on piano

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