I Got Dreams to Remember

Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music.  The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme.  (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along). Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic:

This week’s MixTape Theme is Cheating Songs.

The plague has run rampant throughout the Dream household over the past couple weeks in the form of strep throat.  Some of us were even “lucky” enough to get it twice before we actually knew what it was or that it required antibiotics.  Fun times.  Fun enough that I’m taking today’s theme at face value of infidelity and not digging deeper looking for cheating in other forms:  cheating in school, cheating death and so forth.  (This post is brought to you by Halls Honey Lemon Triple Soothing Action cough drops, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Amoxicillin, and The Walking Dead.)

Once again, country music would be a treasure trove of songs to fit this theme.  Another genre would be rap/hip hop.  But I’m gonna go back.  Way back.  Back into time. Back to the heart of today’s cheating songs and take a trip through the blues with those that cheated, thought about cheating, were the one cheated on or cheated with.  I find myself kind of sentimental about using the blues genre since I used it for my very first Twisted Mixtape Tuesday post and since my blog just passed its six month mark, it seems kinda fitting to revisit one of my favorite styles.

1.  I’m Mad Again – John Lee Hooker.  Here’s a guy that was good enough to take his buddy in and the guy repays him by messing around with his woman.  Listen close.  Sound familiar?  It has the same sound as a modern quasi-famous blues song by George Thorogood called “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”  Even though John Lee Hooker did a cover of that song as well, George Thorogood’s version sounds more like the musical style that JLH used on this song.  You can especially hear it on the “Yes man/yeah man.”

2.  Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton.  This singer’s big frame, countenance, and attitude made such an impression on Leiber and Stoller (the prolific song writing team of Brill Building fame), that they wrote this song for her in twelve minutes on the back of a brown paper bag after meeting her.  Its about her telling off a no-good, cheating, layabout man that won’t work and kicking him out of her home and life.  Its almost a shame that the woman that inspired such a classic rock n’ roll song only made $500 for her recording, even though it went on to make millions after being recorded by Elvis.  

3.  You Can Have My Husband (But Please Don’t Mess With My Man) – Irma Thomas & BB King.  This lady certainly knows what she wants.  She don’t care if another woman wants to mess around with her husband, but tells her she better keep her claws out of her man on the side.  Can you tell the song was written by a woman?

4.  Don’t Answer the Door – B.B. King.  Now Mr. King figures the best way to keep his little woman faithful while he’s gone is to keep her locked up at home with no visitors.  Seriously?  Not even her momma or her sister can come visit?  He don’t even want her to have the doctor make a house call if she gets sick!  Sounds like he’s got just a little bit of a jealousy problem.  Run girl, run!

5.  I Got Dreams to Remember – Otis Redding.  This one may technically be considered more soul than blues, but at the heart of the song, its blues through and through.  Poor guy finds out the hard way that his woman is cheating after seeing their PDA on the street.  Even after seeing it with his own eyes, he loves her so much that he still wants her because he remembers how good they were together.

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43 comments

  1. Lance

    love this

    The original rendition of Hound Dog is completely different than the one people know by the King. I think it’s better.

    I almost had the same birthday as Otis Redding, September 9th, but my mom had three false alarms and convinced herself that night as another….I was born 8 hours later on the 10th. Great song.

    • Dream

      I definitely think of them as two completely different songs and I love both of them for the styles that they are.

      I’ve got a distant connection to Otis as well from my college days in Macon. With no car at the time, my job hunting was limited to what I could walk between the job and the apartment I was in. As it was close to downtown, I found a job in a bar that occupied part of Redding’s former studio.

  2. Rich Rumple

    No better genre to find cheating songs in than the blues. (Damn, if I hadn’t had bronchitis for the last two weeks I might’ve remembered that! lol) You’ve chosen some true classics here. I know you’ll amaze many that think Elvis was the original artist of “Hound Dog.” Amazing the changes it went thru though. Get well! Oh, and great job on the songs and post!

    • Dream

      Thanks, hope you’re feeling better as well. I love cover songs and have an extensive collection, yet I’m still amazed at when I find that songs I’ve loved for years aren’t the originals. Then I end up loving the originals just as much.

  3. Louise

    Rich is right! I think I always knew Hound Dog wasn’t Elvis’ originally – but I didn’t picture it sung by a woman. She’s great! Agree with you about Mrs. King too – get out now! The Otis Redding song is beautiful. Hope you feel better soon.

    • Dream

      Thanks, feeling much better than I was. Out of the five I listed this week, the Otis Redding is my favorite. Like so many songs of that time period, its just too short!

  4. findingninee

    Ugh to the strep and getting it maybe twice. We’re sick here. I thought it was over until I woke with a swollen throat and the kid with icky eyes (please all of the Gods do not let this be pinkeye and instead some weird booger escape thing). #3. I can totally tell the song was written by a woman and am loving that it’s here, in your cheating mix!

    • Dream

      Hoping along with you for booger escapes..and that you feel better soon. The woman that wrote #3 also re-wrote Tutti Fruitti for Little Richard to make the sexually-themed lyrics more radio-friendly.

  5. Kath Galasso (@KatsTheory)

    Oh girl, you know I loves me some blues. Last night when I was writing mine, I was trying to think of some blues to throw in, but I was so tired they all kept blurring together… kinda like a country song. Thanks for these very tasty treats.

    • Dream

      You’re so very welcome, it was a pleasure for me to put this list together. In narrowing down my choices, I got to listen to some forgotten tunes that deserved a place on a playlist and also found some new-old blues songs that I’d somehow missed. I just love when that happens.

  6. Clark Scottroger

    B.B. King! One note and you know who it is, damn! amazing presence! ( “I don’t want the doctor at my house… ” lol)
    Nice ‘get’ on ‘Hound Dog’
    this is shaping up to be one of the better ™ Tuesdays!

    • Dream

      Tuesday has absolutely become my favorite day of the week because of this blog hop. I love making the rounds and seeing how everyone’s interpreted the theme, hear songs I’d forgotten about and meet new people that share our passion for music. And B.B. is my main blues man, always.

  7. Jen

    I love this so much. I loved You Can Have My Husband, and I can tell you I have never heard any of these songs, which you know I love! And Hound Dog? What an amazing version! Also, this made me realize I should have used Lyle Lovett’s Don’t Touch My Hat. AWESOME.

    • Dream

      Little story about Hound Dog…when recording it, Mz. Thornton was trying to sing it crooner-style, which was completely opposite the mean-acting, foul-mouthed, ribald persona she was that inspired the song. When told she was “doing it wrong”, she started to get impressively mad. Until it was performed for her the way they envisioned it, then she backed off, thought about it and then belted it out in her own style. And now I have to go look up your Lyle Lovett song…

      • Jen

        That’s a great story. I really love the story behind the music. You really need to guest post for us on Raised on the Radio. And yes, go listen to that song!

  8. Kerri @ undiagnosed but okay

    I am in awe, awe of your list. And to think it was Halls induced so I totally thought you would do a Hall & Oates theme 🙂 But seriously John Lee Hooker? man. I had never heard that song by Irma Thomas & BB King so thanks for expanding my music list!

    • Dream

      Ha! I probably could have done that with She’s Gone, Family Man, Private Eyes…so many more. And John Lee Hooker definitely has a unique style that I love.

    • Dream

      Yeah, I don’t like to go too obscure with lesser-known genres, though I came close with the Irma. But I couldn’t really leave a song so perfect for the topic out.

  9. Cheri

    OK, first off, I was terrified to come over here and see whatchya got, I mean last week I did get trapped in this white room…I marked the door nob this time so I can find my way…I love the choices. I love music from that era and the artists are top notch. I take a walk down memory lane every time I log in to YouTube and checking these out was just like that. Love the inclusion of Otis Redding.

    • Dream

      My white room isn’t scary at all, its very serene and peaceful. Not like those with the doctors, nurses, needles and those give-myself-a-hug jackets. I love putting together my lists because I do run across songs that remind me of memories hidden in the back of my mind. It can sometimes end up being an all-day project, but enjoyable.

      • Cheri

        I was just teasing. I love your page. It IS serene. I also love the music you choose. because of my music background I know a lot of music, but sometimes I forget about favorite songs until someone reminds me of them.

  10. Lois Alter Mark

    You Can Have My Husband (But Please Don’t Mess With My Man) — what a great title! Love this, and hope you’re feeling better (although a gravelly voice is kind of fitting for this genre!)

    • Dream

      Much better, thanks! Funny you say that because on the first day it didn’t hurt to talk and I had such a rough sounding voice, I did a pretty impressive B.B. King impersonation of Rock Me Baby in the kitchen while I was making dinner.

    • Dream

      Thank you, I think we’re mostly past it, though the kiddo still has a couple more doses of medicine left. Best wishes back to you as well. Otis was something special and gone too soon.

    • Dream

      What a coincidence! I just informed my husband last week that the next pet we end up with *I* get to name since he and my son have held the monopoly on it for the past few years. I told him that if it was male, it would be BB and female would be Etta (after my favorite duet from the two of them “There Something on Your Mind?”).

  11. Angel The Alien

    The BB King one is kind of creepy, the way you describe it. It is weird how so many older songs, if you listen to the lyrics now, seem to be about some sort of spousal abuse, stalking, etc!

    • Dream

      I so agree and because they were written in such different times, you can’t always tell if they were serious or if it was tongue-in-cheek humor.

  12. Marcy

    Great, great mix! I love your choices. “Hound Dog” was great. I’m sure nobody would mess with her. I did really hear the Thorogood resemblance when he said “man” especially. The title to #3 was hilarious. I didn’t know that one.

    • Dream

      From what I know about Big Mama Thornton, I’m motivated to go looking to see if there’s a auto/biography about her. She sounds like a very interesting, if formidable, woman. I ran across the Irma Thomas on YouTube when I was hunting a specific version of a BB King song and loved it because of the quirky title.

    • Dream

      Hound Dog is one of those songs that I try not to compare the original version to the popular version because they are so very different in style. They’re both amazing, in their individual ways, so I try to think of them as completely different songs.

  13. elinwaldal

    This was amazing. So glad you included the Big Mama Thornton version of Hound Dog along with the snippet of information about her. What a jewel and agree that it is to bad that she was usurped by Elvis. The visual of how the song was inspired is priceless. I am afraid I could lose days, if not weeks, sifting through peoples blogs from the hop…yours alone found me pushing back a few weeks and discovering some beautiful music. Thank you!

    • Dream

      Thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed my past few mixtapes. I’ll admit that one day I sat for hours going back to the very first mixtape Jen posted and worked my way forward, listening to every one each blog hopper posted, until I hit the point I started playing along. That’s not stalkerish-creepy at all, right?