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Hugh Laurie Lyrics


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Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got'em for sale
Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got'em for sale
I got a girls, say she long and tall
She sleeps in the kitchen with her feets in the hall
Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got 'em for sale, I mean
Yes, she got 'em for sale, yeah Hot tamales and they're red hot,
yes she got 'em for sale
Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got 'em for sale
She got two for a nickel, got four for a dime
Would sell you more, but they ain't none of mine
Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got 'em for sale, I mean
Yes, she got 'em for sale, yes, yeah Hot tamales and they're red
hot,




yes she got 'em for sale
Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got 'em for sale

Overall Meaning

"They're Red Hot" is a blues song by Hugh Laurie which is a cover of a song originally written and performed by Robert Johnson in 1936. The song is about a woman selling hot tamales on the street and the singer's desire to buy them.


The lyrics describe the hot tamales as being "red hot" and the woman having them for sale. The singer then describes a woman he knows who is "long and tall" and sleeps in the kitchen with her feet in the hall, which appears to be a reference to a stove. The woman selling the hot tamales is said to have two for a nickel and four for a dime, but the singer doesn't want to buy more than he needs. The song ends with the repeated refrain of "Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got 'em for sale."


In the context of the blues, the song could be interpreted as a desire for something to bring pleasure and satisfaction, whether it be the hot tamales or the woman in the kitchen. It also describes the struggles of poverty and the limited options for making a living, as the woman is selling hot tamales on the street.


Line by Line Meaning

Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got'em for sale
The woman is selling hot tamales that are spicy and delicious.


I got a girls, say she long and tall
I have a girlfriend who is tall and graceful.


She sleeps in the kitchen with her feets in the hall
She sleeps in the kitchen with her feet outside, possibly due to lack of space.


Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got 'em for sale, I mean Yes, she got 'em for sale, yeah Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got 'em for sale
The woman is definitely selling hot tamales that are spicy and delicious.


She got two for a nickel, got four for a dime Would sell you more, but they ain't none of mine
She's selling tamales at a very cheap price, but can't sell too many as they're not hers to sell.


Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got'em for sale, I mean Yes, she got'em for sale, yes, yeah Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got'em for sale
The woman is definitely selling hot tamales that are spicy and delicious.


Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got'em for sale
The woman is still selling the same delicious hot tamales.




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Robert Johnson

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Lisa

As an American, I did know and love him from a Bit of Fry & Laurie and other British television, so if anything, at first I was paying too much attention to his accent, over-evaluating it without meaning to. But that didn’t last very long, as I really couldn’t find a single flaw. It was just simply perfect.

I’ve rewatched House since and maybe in the whole series there are 3 times a vowel is a bit off and I’m almost relieved, like “there it is!” BUT, they don’t read as flaws in an accent, bc all people say things differently occasionally, whether tired or being silly or getting tongue-tied, etc. So it just isn’t remarkable or noticeable at all. You buy him as completely American and so anything that sounds slightly askew still fits just fine without being jarring.

Not like with, bless his heart, Benedict Cumberbatch. Power of the Dog was a Masterpiece, but I almost wish someone else had been cast, then the film would have been perfect. His accent was unbelievably distracting and weird - took me out of it too many times.

His acting suffers a bit too, probably from the thing Mr. Laurie has mentioned - constantly being in your head about whether you’re doing it right. I don’t think Benedict handles that very well with American accents.

And I mean, I don’t mind at all someone with an imperfect accent - I can suspend disbelief. But Cumberbatch, good lord it’s like he’s making something up and it’s not even consistent lol.

Anyway, Laurie is a comedy genius and a hell of an actor and he nailed an American accent for hours upon hours upon hours! I hope he can feel some awareness and pride for that somewhere inside.



All comments from YouTube:

Randall Stricklin

For anyone in the UK who doesn't know, most people in the US watched House for YEARS without realizing Hugh Laurie was British. His American accent is absolutely spot on.

shirahime23

True. I certainly had no idea back then (although I'm not American); his accent was just spot on. Imagine my surprise when I found out he was British. Phenomenal actor.

miss ano

Yeah, I thought he was American.

Amelie Says Hola

I always thought his American accent sounded too nasal. I didn’t really watch House so I didn’t know he was British at first but I always thought his voice was kind of weird.

Katy

i’m going to be honest i’m british and i was in the exact same boat until i saw this

amanda hector

I saw him on House first and knew he was not American pretty early on. He pronounced Sebastian in a way that no American ever does. Other than that, and maybe the way he said "of" very early in the series, his accent is almost perfect. As far as non regional accents go.

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1swerdna

I'm American and I remember seeing Hugh Laurie and being shocked at how good his British accent was.

Vagelis Stefanopoulos

Hahahahaha nice!

grimmriffer

I always thought it would be hilarious to find an American fan of House and play them an episode of Jeeves and Wooster...

Daniel Eskildsen

Love his Hugh Laurie character.. He really goes in deep.. I hardly noticed the limb when he walked out, now thats some classy acting right there..

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