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Little Feat — Dixie Chicken
Album: Dixie Chicken
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Total ratings: 1243









Released: 1973
Length: 3:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I've seen the bright lights of Memphis
And the Commodore Hotel
And underneath a street lamp, I met a southern belle
Oh she took me to the river, where she cast her spell
And in that southern moonlight, she sang this song so well

If you'll be my Dixie chicken I'll be your Tennessee lamb
And we can walk together down in Dixieland
Down in Dixieland

We made all the hotspots, my money flowed like wine
Then the low-down southern whiskey, yea, began to fog my mind
And I don't remember church bells, or the money i put down
On the white picket fence and boardwalk
On the house at the end of town
Oh but boy do i remember the strain of her refrain
And the nights we spent together
And the way she called my name

If you'll be my Dixie chicken I'll be your Tennessee lamb
And we can walk together down in Dixieland
Down in Dixieland

Many years since she ran away
Yes that guitar player sure could play
She always liked to sing along
She always handy with a song
But then one night at the lobby of the Commodore Hotel
I chanced to meet a bartender who said he knew her well
And as he handed me a drink he began to hum a song
And all the boys there, at the bar, began to sing along

If you'll be my Dixie chicken I'll be your Tennessee lamb
And we can walk together down in Dixieland
Down in Dixieland, Down in Dixieland
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Little Feat is JOYFUL NOISE!!!!  
Best Little Feat ever.
A Southern Anthem.  Strikes close to my heart, it does.
As I turned on RP, with the sound still off, I thought for half a second RP was playing a Dixie Chick's song called Little Feat. But then I saw that the rating wasn't pegged below 6.0 and realized that I read it wrong.
Why aren't Lowell and the band in the R&R Hall of Fame? No Justice...
Very subtle segue, Bill. The incredible guitar work of Mark Knopfler followed by that of Guitar George (he knows all the chords).
Rolling and tumbling syncopation is one of my favorite musical styles
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Waiting for it to grow on me....not yet

 
Like a wart??  this is a 9.{#Hug}
Waiting for it to grow on me....not yet
yeah this group was incredible back in 70s and 80s.  I have many of their LPs and some on CD, not many groups get in this kind of groove
Saw them a few years back at the Hardly Strictly Blues Festival in San Francisco.  They played on a small stage at the end of the day I guess because there were so many other good bands there.  They played well but pretty awkward to see a band of this caliber playing to such a small crowd who were mostly interested in going home.
Saw them open for Bob Dylan in Boston when I was in college around 1990.  Little Feat where awesome, Bob not so much.  
Little Feat produced the best live album ever and had many memorable songs/albums like Dixie Chicken. 

Little Feat put on one of the most memorable shows I ever went to, fall of 1973 I think, at the Armadillo World Headquarters.  They were a fantastically tight band live. 

During that show I got to talking with this very cute girl who was a devotee of Maharaj Ji.  During the show she did some sort of astral projection on me that was quite remarkable in its intensity.  She was sitting behind me at the time.  After a few moments it was over and I turned around and stared at her in amazement.  She said to me, "you blissed out, didn't you?"  Stuff like that happened back in the '70s.


What does it mean that everybody at work signs along with this one? What a song should be!
 rpdevotee wrote:
Sorry, but this is not why I listen to RP...I heard enough mainstream rock growing up to last a lifetime 

 
I think that the rolling tumbling instrumentation makes this more than mainstream... Love it
Sorry, but this is not why I listen to RP...I heard enough mainstream rock growing up to last a lifetime 
{#Bananapiano} ....... this song is so very good for my ears
An extreeeemely rare 10 rating !

Timeless and wonderful. 
 hoppin_bob wrote:
love the song

the version on Waiting For Columbus is one full order of magnitude more impressive....
...but those muscle shore horns could always steal my affection.

 
+2
 Jeff09 wrote:
Way back there, I was living in Tuscaloosa with my crazy, genius, bisexual girlfriend.  We'd do ludes and go to a hole-in-the-wall bar called the Chukker, in the old downtown, where we'd listen to Little Feat and drink Dixie beer and play poker with all the other disaffected crazies, until our eyes crossed, then we'd go home ....  where every now and then the train to B'ham would roll by, making the bed vibrate a little, adding to our ecstasy....

 
Life is truly beautiful.

Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett have toured recently... they first played together on the album Dixie Chicken... Paul and Fred are still marvelous to see onstage...  love this classic song...  love this classic album...


 



This song is better than fried gizzards and root beer...  love it...
 
Makes me wanna get drunk and get in trouble. Oh wait, I already am, in trouble that is.
and now here is 6 hippies

Everybody in my church loves this song soooo much!!!!


Luv it!!

What a voice....{#Daisy}
What an amazing song!

marvelous...  love it...

 
" ... and all the boys down at the bar began to sing along ...."

Man, this is really close to perfection: message, funk, sloppy vocals and slide guitar, and honky piano.  Know what I mean, Vern?
feat's always movin'
 hoppin_bob wrote:
love the song

the version on Waiting For Columbus is one full order of magnitude more impressive....
...but those muscle shore horns could always steal my affection.
 
+1
love the song

the version on Waiting For Columbus is one full order of magnitude more impressive....
...but those muscle shore horns could always steal my affection.


absolutely awesome...  love it...

 
this helps 
Chickens,,,,,maybe...
I once wrote an entire screenplay in my mind with this song as the premise. Turns out it was more or less The Runaway Bride with Roberts and Gere. I didn't get one red cent for all my efforts either. What a ripoff. 


This is one of the best songs in the history of humanity and chickens!  Love it!!!!
 


incredible—  love this song soooo much!!!!

 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 MilSF1 wrote:
Posted: Sep 02, 2002 - 19:43

Just a wee bit o' trivia for y'all: The Dixie Chicks took there name from this song. Gotta love Behind the Music for such tidbits of useless trivia 
 
Wait, I commented on this song NINE YEARS AGO? Hard to believe I've been listening to RP for 9 and a half years.
 oenyaw wrote:

Hearing this song is the only good thing that has happened to me today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 


I sure hope things have gotten much better for you since then...  this is a phenomenal song...



Just grand


perfect...

 

Hearing this song is the only good thing that has happened to me today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


More Dixie Chicken!


This song is soooo classic...  love it...

 
Great song from a great band.  RIP Lowell
Jeff09 wrote:
Way back there, I was living in Tuscaloosa with my crazy, genius, bisexual girlfriend. We'd do ludes and go to a hole-in-the-wall bar called the Chukker, in the old downtown, where we'd listen to Little Feat and drink Dixie beer and play poker with all the other disaffected crazies, until our eyes crossed, then we'd go home .... where every now and then the train to B'ham would roll by, making the bed vibrate a little, adding to our ecstasy....

Good times, Jeff. Substitute the attic of an old plantation house in Baton Rouge, smokin' hot, skunkbud, Chimes Street Pool Hall and Trivial Pursuit. I was singing your song, second chorus.


...actually, she does look a bit like Kirstie Alley...

My fav Feat tune!!! I have always loved this one, boogie time!!!!{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}


Way back there, I was living in Tuscaloosa with my crazy, genius, bisexual girlfriend.  We'd do ludes and go to a hole-in-the-wall bar called the Chukker, in the old downtown, where we'd listen to Little Feat and drink Dixie beer and play poker with all the other disaffected crazies, until our eyes crossed, then we'd go home ....  where every now and then the train to B'ham would roll by, making the bed vibrate a little, adding to our ecstasy....
 boober wrote:
I don't think there is any musician I miss more than Lowell George.
 
You and me both, brother.
 nalle wrote:
This one is soooo goood for my soul, rock on!
 


Yessss...  this song is absolutely awesome!
 RadioDoc wrote:

This from someone who rated Ozzy Osborne - Crazy Train a 10.


Good point, Crazy train should be an 11.

I don't think there is any musician I miss more than Lowell George.
This one is soooo goood for my soul, rock on!
I couldn't agree more....wish I was at an age to do what I did then with Mr. George's encouragement! 
THE R-n-R band of the 70s as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad to see the love expressed for the Feats here, and the fact that they haven't slipped into obscurity.


 RadioDoc wrote:

This from someone who rated Ozzy Osborne - Crazy Train a 10.

 
He was prolly disappointed to discover that the album title was not "Chix We Dickin'"

{#Lol}

 Flipmode wrote:
shocked to see this horrible song rated so high.
 
This from someone who rated Ozzy Osborne - Crazy Train a 10.

shocked to see this horrible song rated so high.
This is the album that introduced me to Little Feat.
And this song in particular really made me take notice.
Love it!


Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris & Jesse Winchester - "Dixie Chicken" Live (1977): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO3ZMdcL8Pc





This song is soooo good for the ears...


The live version of this song is even better with an amazing piano solo.
 ThePoose wrote:
In the cover art, don't overlook the not-so-subtle phallic accordion cum serpent with its head rubbing against the woman's crotch. Its one eye cocked and leering teeth (the instrument's keys) say it all.
 

Sea kelp. {#Neutral}
I will never get tired of the vibe and energy coming from this tune.  I love this band!

100 years ago it seems, they wandered into Chapter 13 in Mount Adams (Cincinnati) and made themselves at home playing with the Michael Denton Group. Much fun.{#Sunny}
Hi Michael, if you're out there. {#Wave}
Saw them in Telluride.  They never get old.



absolutely awesome...


Sa 'em at the Warner Theater in D.C. where Waiting for Columbus was recorded.  Great Band! 


Love it...




Dixie Chicken is the title of the third studio album by Little Feat, released in 1973...


 Pharlap wrote:
saw them with Steely Dan opening (!) in NYC in 1974. (Hall/ Theatre was on the upper West Side, in the 70's, can't recall the name) Couldn't miss with that double bill
 

The Beacon Theatre. A classic. BTW hate to say it but she looks a lot like Kirstie Alley, the Scientology Sow. Agreed? RP fans?


 Lowell George... we still miss you...


saw them with Steely Dan opening (!) in NYC in 1974. (Hall/ Theatre was on the upper West Side, in the 70's, can't recall the name) Couldn't miss with that double bill
24 carat solid gold treat.
ever notice how much madonna looks like the dixie chicken on the cover? lowell, RIP. we miss you, gram, townes and warren!!
WonderLizard wrote:
There seems to be a consensus here, and I agree. Waiting for Columbus is IMHO one best live albums ever.
Another ditto. Especially on this song.
Roto wrote:
I gave it a 10 for Godlike novelty song. Though the live version is better. Waiting for Columbus is my favorite live album. It's the only one I can think of where every song tops the studio version, particularly Willin'.
There seems to be a consensus here, and I agree. Waiting for Columbus is IMHO one best live albums ever.
From the album covers to the music itself, supremely trippy stuff, especially this album... I'm sure someone out there feels me...!
sharkartist wrote:
Man, there'll never be another band like the Lowell era Little Feat.
I agree. Live they're as good as they ever were but they miss Lowell's songwriting and creative spark.
Fat_Jack wrote:
Dewhead wrote: Dewhead, I lived in C-Ville in the 80s too, and Little Feat was indeed the soundtrack, especially the live album "Waiting for Columbus." That album floods me with memories of so much debauchery. I wonder if we were at some of the same parties. Ever hang out at the Blue Ridge on Sunday nights when Pete was breathing fire behind the bar? Those were the days.
Loved the Blue Ridge Brewery... didn't spend many Sunday nights there tho... I mainly spent my time at Hardwickes and occasionally at Sloans and Random Row. You frequent any of those places?
Unique percussive contrapuntal dissonant keyboard work!
Among the very best of the Southern Rock genre.
good for my mood today. Thanks RP!
sharkartist wrote:
Man, there'll never be another band like the Lowell era Little Feat.
:yes:
sharkartist wrote:
Man, there'll never be another band like the Lowell era Little Feat.
You know I feel the same way sharkartist!
:dancingbanana:
Another perfect one for my mood today!
Love these Guys!. nobody does it any better than Lowell George did. Through in alittle of that Fat man in the bathtub next time, Billy boy
awesome, down-home, good time music for sure! :bananapiano: :bananajam: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :bananasplit:
Yes! Now, this is what I needed for my Friday afternoon! Only way it could be better if it was the Waiting for Columbus version. Thanks Bill! :bananapiano:
meloman wrote:
Now here's a real Dixie Chicken...
Offering white meat only, I see. I'll have a chicken strip dipped in honey.
In the cover art, don't overlook the not-so-subtle phallic accordion cum serpent with its head rubbing against the woman's crotch. Its one eye cocked and leering teeth (the instrument's keys) say it all.
Man, there'll never be another band like the Lowell era Little Feat.
MojoJojo wrote:
Is that so? Big MK fan here. Didn't know that. Cool! :cool:
I was apparently incorrect....Big MK and Feat fan, here, too.
Dave_Mack wrote:
"But it's strictly rhythm, he doesn't wanna make it cry or sing". Doesn't sound like Lowell to me :bounce:
You may be right. Here's the verse: "You check out Guitar George, he knows all the chords. Runnin' strictly rhythm, he doesn't want to make it cry or sing...But then an old guitar is all he can afford, When he gets under the lights,to play his thing." Guess I fell for the rumor.
Cool song, but I've heard better versions. Still good to hear something fun like this, though.
meloman wrote:
Now here's a real Dixie Chicken...
I'll take a thigh.
Ok, please chill with the corn-ball blues songs. I know you all have a lot better things on this station than this stuff.
just bought this CD...sure miss Lowell George
peyotecoyote wrote:
Does anyone know if the tale is true - that Blue Seas studio - where these guys recorded many of their material - sunk into the ocean ?
Blue Seas Studio was a barge that was located in the Baltimore Harbor. It was where Feats Don't Fail Me Now was recorded. A bunch of other music was recorded there as well, but never got the chance to be heard as the barge sunk into the harbor. There's a story about it in the booklet that came with the LP "Hoy Hoy". The booklet that comes with the CD doesn't contain near as much info. I miss albums...
Ahhh, thank you RP. America's greatest unsung band lives on in the hearts and souls of those of us lucky to have experienced them.
Sorry ... never liked the feat or Lowell's voice. Sounds too Jim Dandy(ish) (Black Oak Arkansas) for me. I gave it a 5 for the music though.
I wonder if "sneakin with sally through the alley".. will play next...?
great stuff for a Friday at 1 hour to closing time - will boogie right on outta here shortly - thanks RP! :bananapiano:
I didn't think we'd ever get off the train thing....cause it could have gone on for hours....Thanks for quiting while you were ahead. And thanks for Little Feat...Good stuff...
Now here's a real Dixie Chicken...
Long live the memory of Lowell George. There'll never be another like him. :notworthy:
blah, blah, blah. . .
Boppin' like a Boogie Bombshell around the desk - hope the boss doesn't catch me. :bananasplit:
no, no, no. not for me. not then...not now...not ever.
Dewhead wrote:
Little Feat was the soundtrack of a seemingly endless party when I lived in Charlottesville, Virginia during my 20's (during the 80's) can't help but smile and think back anytime I hear Feat.
Dewhead, I lived in C-Ville in the 80s too, and Little Feat was indeed the soundtrack, especially the live album "Waiting for Columbus." That album floods me with memories of so much debauchery. I wonder if we were at some of the same parties. Ever hang out at the Blue Ridge on Sunday nights when Pete was breathing fire behind the bar? Those were the days.
How can this song only attain 7.5 rating and who gave it a one? Jesus! Lowell George was Little Feat he was the It! Drenched and dripping in sexy that man! Whew
Agreed. All I can say is that Lowell George had more soul than just about any white man who ever lived. What a loss.
Does anyone know if the tale is true - that Blue Seas studio - where these guys recorded many of their material - sunk into the ocean ?
almost anything they do is,,,,, well,,,,, just ,,,, great!