All right, listen now. At this time I would like to introduce a friend of ours,
a very talented guy named John Sebastian. Come on man.
Man, that's what I call a New York joint, man!
You can pick your teeth with a New York joint!
Well, I'm the little red rooster
Too lazy to crow the day.
Little red rooster
Too lazy to crow the day.
Keep everything in the barnyard
Upset in every way.

Dogs begin to bark
The hounds begin to howl.
Dogs begin to bark and
The hounds begin to howl.
Look out strange cat people
The rooster's on the prowl.

Yeah, dogs begin to bark
The hounds begin to howl.
Dogs begin to bark
The hounds begin to howl.
Look out strange cat people
Yeah, the rooster's on the prowl.

If you see my rooster
Come on man, drive him home.
See my rooster, babe
Come on man, drive him home.
Ain't been no peace in the barnyard
Since my little red rooster been gone.

Well, I'm the little red rooster, babe
Too lazy to crow the day.
Well, I'm the little red rooster, babe
Too lazy to crow the day.
Keep everything in the barnyard
Upset in every way.


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Little Red Rooster Lyrics as written by Willie Dixon

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  • +1
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    Its actually a howlin wolf / willie dixon cover from the sixties.

    mochajazzon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
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    Yes, correct, little red rooster is aboyt being deprived of sex. Like many old blues songs (this one is written by the great Willie Dixon) its meaning is alegorical. If it had a literal meaning the white ruling record executives would not let the black men sing or record it.

    chrisb1on February 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    hey didnt the rolling stones sing this first?

    _jackieon June 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    lol Muzzy - I always thought it was obviously about a man's genitalia... red rooster??

    trivia_queenon February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    i love when jim starts barking

    heyjude55on April 03, 2006   Link
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    Yes, this is a rolling stones cover.

    The members of the doors greatly respected the stones, and tried to emulate them in various ways, while being original in their own way, I feel like they succeded.

    However this was one of Jim's personal favorite songs to perform, he loved it.

    mplkidon January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    yeah.. but the stones are the stones...

    Felixxon January 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Classic blues metaphor for the onset of impotence ...

    Chi-Chiefon September 25, 2018   Link
  • -2
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    Is it just me or is this song about how his girlfriend left him and now he's deprived of sex.

    And is little red rooster a vagina?

    Muzzyon March 26, 2003   Link

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