"Hound Dog" as written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller....
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

Well they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Yeah they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

Well they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Yeah they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

Well they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
You know they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
You ain't no friend of mine


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"Hound Dog" as written by Mike Stoller Jerry Leiber

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    General CommentI would think that having never caught a rabbit would actually help refute the accusation that one is nothing but a hound dog.

    "You're nothing but a snake, and you've never swallowed a mouse."
    kreniighon February 25, 2019   Link
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    General CommentHound Dog was written by Lieber and Stoller for an R&B singer Big Mama Thornton who did a low down and grittier version of it. It features one of the coolest guitar solos of that time period. The Elvis version is a more hyperactive version of the song. No less or better than the original in my opinion just different. It rocks. Watching Elvis do the "raunchy" version on that old tv show was certainly a big moment in rock and roll history. I think it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
    MrLongroveon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Elvis version is good in its own respects, but nothing compares to the Mama Thorton version. That is AMAZING! It just puts me in a great mood and she sings with such a passion.
    Talljenn81on May 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI swear at one point he says "you never cut a record, you aint no friend of mine"....or maybe thats just me. Such a great song to shake yo hips to.
    autrefoison January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone heard Robert Palmer's version from his last album 'Drive'? It's a cover of the ORIGINAL blues version.
    Lyrics are:


    "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog,
    been snoopin' round the door
    You ain't nothin' but a hound dog,
    been snoopin' round the door
    You can wag your tail,
    but I ain't gonna feed you no more

    You told me you was high-class,
    but I can see through that
    You told me you was high-class,
    but I can see through that
    Now mamma I know you're just an alley cat

    You ain't nothin' but a hound dog,
    been snoopin' round the door
    You're just an old hound dog,
    been snoopin' round my door
    You can wag your tail,
    but I ain't gonna feed you no more

    You nearly had me fooled,
    but I ain't throwing you a bone
    You nearly had me fooled,
    but I ain't throwing you a bone
    Because you ain't no tiny-dinner (?)
    You stole my soul

    You ain't nothin' but a hound dog,
    been snoopin' round the door
    You ain't nothin' but a hound dog,
    been snoopin' round the door
    You can wag your tail,
    but I ain't gonna feed you no more"
    SilverWolfon November 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is like 2:16 and it doesnt take a chapter of writing to create great music. the song just picks you up and gets you going. easy to follow. simple and fun. dont hate.
    mordsithon March 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is as is implied about a character who believes a friend of his to be a hound - dog, simply because he is crying all of the time. It is possible that if he has some sort of medical condition or mutation which means that he has no tear ducts, and if he has lived an entirely solitary life then he may not realise that human beings are capable of crying, but that he has seen a dog cry before. This is how he mistakes a human being for a species of dog, having seen very few human beings, let alone one in distress enough to cry.
    It is the next section of this song that is considered the most controversial and dubious of all, as the singer refers to his misidentified subject as having never caught a rabbit and not being as friend of his. It has long been a debate amongst musicologists about whether the man who is misidentified as being a canine was not his friend to begin with, or whether being his friendship is subject to having caught a rabbit. May this debate continue for many years.
    ericlirricon March 02, 2013   Link
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    General Commentevery time I want to write something, but I'm afraid because I do not speak English particularly well, so that once I am sorry for the mistakes
    about this song, t is unclear how plainly perceive it, and so I had the idea that since the song was originally written on behalf of the on behalf of the woman that threw a man (played by Big Mama Thornton), the most natural way take it like a song’s character was thrown by the girl, and he sing that was said to him, and then a little bitchy manner of performance of Elvis become justified
    speaksoslightlyon May 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLots of people cry just to get their way. Shamelessly.
    sdz896542on July 12, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like to think the song was based on this taleswithmorals.com/…
    ed10733811on September 17, 2018   Link

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