Thursday, August 2, 2007

Did Pat Boone ever cover that song?

JD's quotes: Lightnin' Hopkins

You might be surprised what kind of lyrics managed to sneak into music back in the days before they could even fathom Elvis Presley and his lewd and lascivious pelvis, corrupting our nation's youth. Bluesmen routinely sang lyrics that their record companies were probably too square to pick up on. Tampa Red Whittaker wrote a song called ''Can I play with your poodle?'' that Pat Boone likely couldn't get away with but Lightnin' Hopkins recorded it, as did several others. Lightnin' sang among the other lyrics:

''Yes, two old maids that were layin' in the bed
While one turned over, this is what she said:
''Can I play with your poodle?'' ''

This was in the 1940's . . .Hilariously raunchy for the 'good old days', ey? Pat Boone's version probably would have gone something like:

Two pally gals sat over on the couch
One called the cat 'cause the other saw a mouse
That mouse's tail looks like a noodle

. . . Or, something similar. I don't know. I'm not a songwriter.

You can find this gem on the CD: The complete Aladdin recordings

See Lightnin' play 'Baby, please don't go', on this video:

1 comment:

Fitzgerald said...

You know I think I did hear a Pat Boone Song that went something like that. LOL.