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Boom Boom
John Lee Hooker Lyrics


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Boom, boom, boom, boom
I'm gonna shoot you right down
Knock you off of your feet
And take you home with me
Put you in my house
Boom, boom, boom, boom

Ow ow ow ow ow
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm
I love to see you strut
Up and down the floor
When you're talking to me
That baby talk
I like it like that
Oh yeah

Talk that talk
Walk that walk

Won't you walk that walk?
And talk that talk
And whisper in my ear
Tell me that you love me
I love that talk
When you talk like that
You knock me out
Right off my feet
Ho ho ho ho

Well, talk that talk
And walk that walk
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Talk that talk, babe

Overall Meaning

The song "Boom Boom" by John Lee Hooker is a blues staple, released in 1961. The lyrics are simple, but they convey a powerful sense of lust and desire. Hooker's raspy, soulful voice lends itself perfectly to portraying the singer's emotions. The repetitive "boom boom boom" hook serves to heighten the intensity of the song.


The lyrics, "I'm gonna shoot you right down, knock you off of your feet, and take you home with me" are the foundation of the song's message. The singer is declaring his intention to seduce someone, to "put them in his house." He revels in the way the object of his desire walks and talks, and he wants them to whisper sweet nothings into his ear. Hooker's vocal inflection in the lines "I love to see you strut/up and down the floor" conveys a sense of raw desire.


The chorus repeats the refrain "talk that talk and walk that walk," the singer's demand for the object of his desire to follow through on their flirtation. The overall effect of the song is a powerful expression of the thrill of attraction.


Line by Line Meaning

Boom, boom, boom, boom
The singer is announcing their presence and intention to take charge of the situation.


I'm gonna shoot you right down
The singer is going to win over the listener with their charm.


Knock you off of your feet
The singer is going to make such an impact on the listener that they'll be figuratively knocked over.


And take you home with me
The artist wants to take things to the next level with the listener.


Put you in my house
The artist wants the listener to become a permanent fixture in their life.


Ow ow ow ow ow
The singer is expressing their enthusiasm and joy.


Hmm hmm hmm
The singer is humming in appreciation of the listener's appeal.


I love to see you strut
The artist is admiring the listener's confidence and swagger.


Up and down the floor
The artist is enjoying watching the listener move around the space.


When you're talking to me
The artist enjoys listening to the listener's voice.


That baby talk
The singer appreciates the listener's flirtatious tone.


I like it like that
The artist finds the listener's behavior attractive.


Talk that talk
The singer wants the listener to continue speaking flirtatiously.


Walk that walk
The singer appreciates the listener's confident stride.


Won't you walk that walk?
The singer is requesting that the listener maintain their confident posture.


And talk that talk
The artist is asking the listener to maintain their flirtatious tone.


And whisper in my ear
The artist desires intimate conversation with the listener.


Tell me that you love me
The singer wants to hear the listener declare their affection.


I love that talk
The singer finds the listener's flirtatious talk attractive and wants to hear more.


When you talk like that
The artist is specifically referring to the listener's flirtatious tone.


You knock me out
The artist is figuratively overcome by the listener's appeal.


Right off my feet
The artist is seriously attracted to the listener.


Ho ho ho ho
The singer is filled with joy and anticipation.


Well, talk that talk
The artist is asking the listener to maintain their flirtatious tone.


And walk that walk
The singer is asking that the listener maintain their confident posture and stride.


Oh yeah
The singer is enthusiastic about the situation.


Oh yeah
The singer is highly attracted to the listener.


Talk that talk, babe
The artist is requesting that the listener maintain their flirtatious tone.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Lee Hooker

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[Verse 1]
Boom, boom, boom, boom
I'm gonna shoot you right down
Right off your feet
Take you home with me
Put you in my house
Boom, boom, boom, boom
Mmmm hmmm
Mm hm hm hm

[Verse 2]
I love to see you walk
Up and down the floor
When you talking to me
That baby talk
I like it like that
You talk like that
You knock me dead
Right off my feet
A haw haw haw haw
Whoa!

[Guitar solo]

[Verse 3]
Once you walk that walk
And talk that talk
And whisper in my ear
Tell me that you love me
I love that talk
That baby talk
You knock me dead
Right off my feet
A haw haw haw haw
Yeah, yeah!



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Andreas Bäumler

Rock and Metal would have never appeared without the blues, the blues gave birth to Rock. And it's people like John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Muddy Waters who made the electric guitar speak long before Rock'n'Roll became a mass phenomenon. And there's no better music than that real old blues to kick off the weekend. Honest music full of each kind of emotion. Who could ever be as cool as the great JLH and all the other blues heroes? Listening to this song I get lifted, and still I wonder what has become of music these days....?

Kakmaster 69

The blues were the roots, the rest were the fruits...

Ferra _

I love all those guys, but for me is Buddy Guy the guy the perfect nexus

rockyourassed

Blues without Gospel would not exist, and Gospel gots its roots from Christians European choirs :).

EmE Me

@rockyourassed Chanting, call and response and group singing go back all the way from before most of Europe was Christian and all the way to the Asian congregations in the Levant and across to Africa in the Coptic and Tewahedo Orthodox churches. Europe was just a step in the long journey, not the source.

William Carter

Absolutely man this kind of music is timeless

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Lindsey Campbell

I'm glad that I grew up listening to great Blues musicians like John Lee Hooker. Thanks dad!

mags

Saame, daddy used to go full volume with this music

Claire Ess

My dad too 💜

frank gatley

Got my daughter into john and into Howling wolf,God knows how she was a Duranie

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