"Shake Rattle N Roll" as written by and Charles E. Calhoun....
Get outta that bed
Wash your face and hands
Get outta that bed
Wash your face and hands
Well, you get in that kitchen
Make some noise with the pots and pans

Way you wear those dresses
The sun comes shinin' through
Way you wear those dresses
The sun comes shinin' through
I can't believe my eyes
All that mess belongs to you

I believe to the soul
You're the devil and now I know
I believe to the soul
You're the devil and now I know
Well, the more I work
The faster my money goes

I said shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right
To save your doggone soul

Yeah, blow, Joe

I'm like a one-eyed cat

Peepin' in a seafood store
I'm like a one-eyed cat
Peepin' in a seafood store
Well, I can look at you
Till you ain't no child no more

Ah, shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right
Yo save your doggone soul

I get over the hill
And way down underneath
I get over the hill
And way down underneath
You make me roll my eyes
Even make me grit my teeth

I said shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do nothin'
To save your doggone soul

Shake, rattle and roll


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"Shake, Rattle & Roll" as written by Charles Calhoun

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    General CommentI have been listening to the original Turner version of this song for 35 years as it has been my favorite since I first heard it. Thus I have to correct the incorrect statements in the above comment (@ScoutII).

    This is NOT the Gable produced Bill Haley version edited for the "white" market.
    The line is NOT "Wearing those dresses/.../all of this belongs to you", it is "Way you wear those dresses/.../all this mess belongs to you" as posted in the lyric above.
    The correction for "till you ain't no child" to "tell you ain't no child: is correct, it is tell not till.

    Maybe the lryics listed aove changed after the comment was posted, but the lyrics listed above are currently very clearly the Jesse Stone (aka Charles E. Calhoun) written original, performed by Big Joe Turner. I have seen these lyrics posted many times and while they are fairly accurate some of the "ands" listed, I don't think are actually sung.

    There were many versions of this song by many artists and even Joe Turner sang many different versions himself. Some believe the line "I get over the hill" was originally written and sung as "I've been holdin' it". On the original record the line is quite slurred, though it sounds to me like "I get over the hill". I have also heard live Turner recordings where it clearly sounds like "I've been holdin' it". I am not sure anyone knows for sure any more.
    davehibshmanon March 08, 2014   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe above lyrics are from the Bill Haley and the Comets cover, which were partially edited for the "white" market. In the Joe Turner version, the third verse is: Wearing those dresses/the sun comes shinning through/can't believe my eyes/all of this belongs to you. The censors missed the meanig of meaning of "one-eyed cat/peeping in a sea food store" in the next verse. The correct last line of that verse is "...tell you ain't no child no more."
    ScoutIIon February 10, 2010   Link

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