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Bo Diddley — Who Do You Love
Album: His Best
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Released: 1962
Length: 2:26
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I walk 47 miles of barbed wire
I use a cobra-snake for a necktie
I got a brand new house on the roadside
Made from rattlesnake hide

I got a brand new chimney made on top
Made out of a human skull
Now come on take a walk with me, Arlene
And tell me, who do you love?

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Tombstone hand and a graveyard mine
Just 22 and I don't mind dying

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

I rode around the town, use a rattlesnake whip
Take it easy Arlene, don't give me no lip

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Night was dark, but the sky was blue
Down the alley, the ice-wagon flew
Heard a bump and somebody screamed
You should have heard just what I seen

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Arlene took me by my hand
She said, ''"Oohwee Bo, you know I understand."''

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
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'Chimbley', not 'Chimney'

Just sayin'.

c.
Walk down memory lane..
I tried a cobra snake for a necktie once.
Still haven't regained the feeling in the left side of my body.
Bill: You are quite correct in the 'beyond influential' comment.  Even that Eels Soulsucker song you played earlier seems to echo the structure lyrically.

Thank you!
Z
I hear some Los Lobos "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes" in there.
 
 bodyschool wrote:
Tom Rush did a nice one too.

 
So did the Doors on their live album
Indeed that "Bo Diddley Beat" was of great influence on Rock and Roll. Helluva blues singer and guitarist. 
Of course he copped it from Carnival time in New Orleans where it was always the province of the "Second Liners". Any New Orleans resident can tell ya that. 
Our roots! Yardbirds, Stones, etc. 
Ahhh Lucille

Playing on in history 
You should play Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks version of this sometime with some great Robbie Robertson geetar playing on it. Yee haw.
in retrospect, this is still CRAP!
 
Can someone interpret these lyrics for me?
Love this songs

I had to move this up to 10, I don't know what I thinking earlier.

When you can hear this wonderful song and think of all the covers and derivatives that it inspired, that's a 10.


Image result for bo you don't know diddley
Bo .........  'nuff said.
 steeler wrote:


Difference between major league and minor league. {#Yes}

 

Damn right.
 keller1 wrote:
There is a school of thought that if Bo could have somehow gotten copyright on this groove (the 3-2 clavet) he would have been richer than God. Think about it —- U2, Springsteen, John Cafferty, Bow Wow Wow, Chris Isaak, you name it —- paying him royalties. He shoulda had Andrew Oldham pull the "Verve Manoeuvre" for him.
 
I'm not sure where that "school of thought" got its charter, but the 3-2 clave (Afro-Cuban clave) has been around for well over 100 years.  Bo Diddley played it to perfection, however.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Probably invented half of rock'n'roll. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Willie Mae Thornton got a half each. Never got his due. My favorite cover is QSM's on Happy Trails.



 
Made it into the Rock Hall of Fame in the 2nd class of inductees, back in 1987 when it meant so much more.

 
Great song but the character's house sounds awful.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as #132 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
{#Eh}
You can't go wrong with Bo Diddley
  bodyschool wrote:
Tom Rush did a nice one too.
 
That's one of my favorites too.
Tom Rush did a nice one too.
RedGuitar wrote:

QMS did a nice job with it as I recall.  I jammed it with a band Saturday night at a 50th birthday party.  Fun tune to do!
Go Bo!

 

Prefer the gritty George Thoroughgood version myself
A nice segue would be to Seasick Steve's Diddley Bo
Seasick Steve - Diddley Bo - youtube.com
'tho I'm not complaining about Jim McM.

What is wrong w/ you people, this F*ckin Bo Diddley!! Damn...deserves a rating of 20, at least
 kaybee wrote:
I know Bo Diddley's the "main man" of this song and its a superb original, but for me, no-one beats the Quicksilver cover!

 
QMS did a nice job with it as I recall.  I jammed it with a band Saturday night at a 50th birthday party.  Fun tune to do!
Go Bo!

CLASSIC!!!!!!
 WonderLizard wrote:

Probably invented half of rock'n'roll. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Willie Mae Thornton got a half each. Never got his due. My favorite cover is QSM's on Happy Trails.


 
I would say: one half for Diddley and Berry, and the other half for the rest of those guys. If at all.

Amen to the QMS statement!

Sorry, but for me it has to be the Juicy Lucy version

 
kaybee wrote:
I know Bo Diddley's the "main man" of this song and its a superb original, but for me, no-one beats the Quicksilver cover!
 


 WonderLizard wrote:

Probably invented half of rock'n'roll. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Willie Mae Thornton got a half each. Never got his due. My favorite cover is QSM's on Happy Trails

 


I know Bo Diddley's the "main man" of this song and its a superb original, but for me, no-one beats the Quicksilver cover!

Probably invented half of rock'n'roll. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Willie Mae Thornton got a half each. Never got his due. My favorite cover is QSM's on Happy Trails.


Once again Bill continues my musical education... no Delaware Destroyers here.
I was thinking this was Chuck Berry before I looked.

Guess I don't know Diddley. :(
What continues to amaze me about RP are all the songs that I thought were originals by one person only to find out they are a cover of somebody else.  Getting schooled at least once a day... Thanks Bill.
I always thought John Lee wrote this, but I always liked Bo's version better. Maybe now it makes sense!
Bo Diddley was another of those pioneers from whom today's rock, blues, and even rap artists have drawn.  Now - Bill, play "Bo Diddley Was A Gunslinger" by Warren Zevon after this! {#Dancingbanana_2}

Bo Diddley by ~dragonflower
Lindsay Whelan   ©2007-2010 ~dragonflower

Mr. Diddley had no love here in Devart. None! And he's such a compelling individual...I really loved drawing this.

Appx. 2 hrs.



 vivakitty wrote:

I guess I like the minor league better.  I find GT's version more menacing, somehow.

Put it this way: I'm glad Bo Diddley made the song and made the music, so that GT could be inspired by it and then cover it.

 
same here - George is way more bad ass. . .yet, in a tongue in cheek sort of way. 

Tom Rush did a version that oozed sexuality. Liked it better than GT. Bo laid the groundwork
I think BD probably did all these things of which he sings.........
Had the privilage of seeing BD perform several times in Australia, no-one could get to the dance floor quick enough. You talk charisma...
 jagdriver wrote:

There was a great feature in Smithsonian magazine a couple of months back.

 
Thanks for that link!  I just logged on to give the song a YAY!!! and got an excellent article as a plus!  Gotta send the link to my son—he'll love it!  {#Bananasplit}
 steeler wrote:


Difference between major league and minor league. {#Yes}
 
I guess I like the minor league better.  I find GT's version more menacing, somehow.

Put it this way: I'm glad Bo Diddley made the song and made the music, so that GT could be inspired by it and then cover it.

Now this....*this* is mojo.




absolutely awesome...


 catsoup wrote:
George Thorogood who?
 

Difference between major league and minor league. {#Yes}

Now we're talking roots.  


 AcesUp wrote:
Rest in Peace Bo
 
There was a great feature in Smithsonian magazine a couple of months back.

 cc_rider wrote:
This is IT. This is the stuff that started it all.

The haters can go pound sand. Bo Diddley is one of the cornerstones of Rock And Roll.

c.
 

Nope, gotta go back farther. Try Link Wray!
George Thorogood who?


This is great, the early real thang. And I had no idea the lyrics to this one were so whacky:
I walk 47 miles of barbed wire, I use a cobra-snake for a necktie, I got a brand new house on the roadside, Made from rattlesnake hide, I got a brand new chimney made on top, Made out of a human skull, Now come on take a walk with me, arlene, And tell me, who do you love?
He's really got a nice 'dark humor' here, man. Romantic?... yeah if you like snakes and skulls, I guess so.
Had the good fortune to witness Bo perform on a couple of occasions back in the 70's. Certainly the real deal, a real joy to behold. As authentic as it is possible to be. And lyrics to kill!
The real trail blazers are rarely given the credit they are due. The music may not be my cup of tea now, but I can feel its roots and rhythms in music I do love, and for that I am grateful that he existed and did what he did. RIP Bo.
This is IT. This is the stuff that started it all. The haters can go pound sand. Bo Diddley is one of the cornerstones of Rock And Roll. c.
Immortal.
BlueHeronDruid wrote:
I don't remember being frightened by this song before. :shifty:
that's the whole point. rocknroll was meant to scare people like you.
Bo never gets enough credit and respect. The man is amazing.
There is a school of thought that if Bo could have somehow gotten copyright on this groove (the 3-2 clavet) he would have been richer than God. Think about it --- U2, Springsteen, John Cafferty, Bow Wow Wow, Chris Isaak, you name it --- paying him royalties. He shoulda had Andrew Oldham pull the "Verve Manoeuvre" for him.
RIP, Bo.
mark93 wrote:
There have never been enough square guitars. hiho
very true, especially today, June 2, 2008
Thank you for the music!
RIP, Bo.
American Bad Ass! still.
Rest in Peace Bo
RIP Bo.
There have never been enough square guitars. hiho
This is terrible
mikeatlarge wrote:
This is too far out of the RP mix IMHO and is the sort of track that sends me to other internet radio stations.
Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, Mike.
This version totally grates on me. Jarring.
Yay, Bo Diddley! Wonderful and right on the money!
This is too far out of the RP mix IMHO and is the sort of track that sends me to other internet radio stations.
mizgeee wrote:
this is the Real Thing. (although I like quicksilver's version too, played earlier.)
This is one of the few songs I do like the remake much better than the original
good one! bo diddley is the master.
this is the Real Thing. (although I like quicksilver's version too, played earlier.)
I don't remember being frightened by this song before. :shifty:
Inspired segue from Tosh doing 'Johnny B. Goode' to this one.
Whom do I love? Well, Bo Diddley for starters. One of the foundational documents of rock and roll right here, simply irresistible.