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Elvis Presley: Hound Dog Meaning


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Song Released: 1956

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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...


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    May 13th, 5:51pm report

    This song has several underlying themes and the meaning of this song is quite debated. Elvis himself took this song from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller so he did not write the lyrics with a prominent message in mind. This song is most often paired with the theme of unfaithfulness and complaining. Elvis says “You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, Cryin' all the time” like how a hound dog will howl or yelp loudly -- this is like a person complaining. Then the lyrics say “Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit”. This part is a foreshadow of the unfaithfulness found in the second verse. A hound dog is bred and bought for its hunting abilities, but since the dog cannot catch a rabbit it can’t follow through with what it is meant to do -- therefore unfaithful. The last section of lyrics says, “Well they said you was high-classed, Well, that was just a lie” again coming off the theme of unfaithfulness.


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    Jan 1st, 2019 1:03pm report

    The song is about a gold-digging Bitch. Hound dog is the euphemism for bitch. Crying (complaining) all the time. You ain't never caught a rabbit (prize, John, sugar-daddy, sponsor); and you ain't no friend of mine. (I'm not interested)!


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    Dec 6th, 2018 12:06am report

    what is the meaning to this song?


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    Apr 3rd, 2013 4:32pm report

    "Hound Dog" is a twelve-bar blues written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton in 1952. The 1956 version by Elvis Presley is the best-known version; it is his version that is No. 19 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3] Other early versions illustrate the differences among blues, country, and rock and roll in the mid-1950s. "Hound Dog" was recorded by five country singers in 1953 alone, and over 26 times through 1964.[4] From the 1970s onward, the song has appeared, or is heard, as a part of the soundtrack in numerous films, most notably in blockbusters such as Grease, Forrest Gump, Lilo & Stitch, A Few Good Men, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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