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"Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley

Record cover artwork for "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.

Andrew Luke
Elvis' version of "Hound Dog" was released in 1956. Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was the first person to release the song as a single, in 1953.

Elvis Presley - "Hound Dog"

Music video of Elvis Presley performing "Hound Dog."

Andrew Luke
"Hound Dog" was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has been covered over 250 times, but Presley's version is the best!

Lyrics for "Hound Dog"

You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Crying all the time.
You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Crying all the time.
You ain’t never caught a rabbit,
You ain't no friend of mine.

You made me so blue,
You made me weep a moon,
You made me so blue,
You made me weep a moon.
You only want my money, man,
And I don’t want you in my home.

They said you was high classed,
And that was just a lie.
They said you was high classed,
And that was just a lie.
You ain't never caught a rabbit
You ain't no friend of mine.

You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Crying all the time.
You ain't nothing but a hound dog
Crying all the time.
You ain’t never caught a rabbit,
You ain't no friend of mine.

Elvis Presley - "Hound Dog"

Sing along with Elvis to "Hound Dog" with this lyric video.

Andrew Luke
Although Big Mama Thornton's recording of "Hound Dog" had sold over 500,000 copies, Presley's later cover sold over a massive 10 million units around the world!
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