"Hats Off to (Roy) Harper" as written by and Charles Obscure....
When I done quit hollerin' baby
I believe I shake 'em on down
Get my babe won't be late
You know by that I mean seconds late
Ah must I holler
Must I shake 'em on down

Well I've been mistreated babe
I believe I'll shake 'em on down
Shake 'em

Well I ain't no monkey
I can't climb no tree
No brown skin woman gonna make No monkey out of me
I ain't no monkey
Sure can't climb no tree,
I been mistreated babe
I believe I'll shake 'em on down,
Well I've been mistreated babe
I believe I'll shake 'em on down

Listen mama, Put on your mornin' gown'
Put in your nightshirt Mama we gonna shake 'em down yeah, yeah?
Must I holler
Must I, must I, must I shake 'em on down?
Well I've been mistreated babe
I believe I'll shake 'em on down,

Gave my baby a twenty dollar bill,
If that don't get her,
Sure my shot, shot, shot-gun will,
Yeah, I gave my baby a twenty dollar bill,
If that don't get that woman,
I'm sure my shot-gun will
Gonna go shoot her now

Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Hats Off to (Roy) Harper" as written by Charles Obscure

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is a cover of Shake Em Down by Bukka White
    heyheyitsbrenton September 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo my understanding, Led Zeppelin recorded this song because they admired the way Roy Harper didn't sell out. He stood by what he felt was right.

    Roy Harper later showed his appreciation by donating the sleeve photograph for Physical Graffiti.
    excalibur2on April 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a pretty good song, kinda blues-y.
    JosephWolfon December 31, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI once listened to this song when I was on a lot of drugs and it scared the crap out of me.
    Grobuson January 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSpeaking of weird, Roy Harper is described as a real weirdo. He toured with Zeppelin briefly and could often be seen in the wings just off-stage shaking a rubber gorilla while they played.
    JumpyJackon January 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey're similar because the lyrics from both of them come from a song by Bukka White called "Shake 'em on Down".
    JumpyJackon July 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone who doesn't know who Roy Harper is, if you've heard "Have A Cigar" by Pink Floyd(great song), that is Roy singing the song.
    Muzzyon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou don't like what Zeppelin liked if you don't like this song. It's not their best but I think it's decent. Cracks me up when he says--"no monkey....sho caint climb no tree"
    JumpyJackon January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentha...well...its not Led Zep's best, it is really different then their normal songs and I never really saw them as the type to sorta dedicate a song to someone like that! BUt hey! Its led Zep.... I like it cause its different though... i like to embrace the weird...
    LedZepLuveron January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I had no idea so many people didn't like this song. I love it! I didn't know who Roy Harper was before today, though, just that I love "Have a Cigar" as well.
    the_?on February 27, 2005   Link

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