Beach Boy Blues

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Words & Music: Sid Tepper/ Roy C. Bennett
I'm a poor Hawaiian beach boy
A long way from the beach
'Cause someone shoved his face against my hand
Now I'm a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple
I'm in the can

I was minding my own business
But drinking daddy's juice
I swear I'll never touch that stuff again
Just like a pig before he gave his all that aluhau
I'm in the pen

Got those beach boy blues
Don't the time go slow
Lonely beach boy blues
Only 30 day's and 90 years to go

I want a taste of honey
From my wahini's lips
I want to be her ever loving man
But I'm a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple
I'm in the can

But I'm a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple
I'm in the can
Recorded: 1961/03/23, first released on Blue Hawaii

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 21, 2013report abuse
I always thought that "drinking daddy's juice" meant, that Elvis was drinking hard liquor. Then the next line "I swear I'll never touch that stuff again" makes sense.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2013report abuse
Here is what i REALLY hate about this song: The line "I was minding my own business, just drinking daddy's juice". This renders the whole song meaningless out of the context of the movie. If you play this for anyone, they will ask what on Earth does this line mean. It only makes sense in the movie because his father owns all the pineapple fields and juice, etc. It is totally situational because of this line.
Without that knowledge, the line sounds weird, creepy and oddly homosexual. (The line in the 1950's song "Paralyzed" --"I'm gay every morning and at night I'm still the same" sounds less gay than this weird creepy line. BTW, there is nothing wrong with being gay or even songs about being gay, but this line ruins this song for me because it is meaningless without the stupid movie plot. And I hated Blue Hawaii the movie.)
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2013report abuse
Not one of my favourites from the film soundtrack due to some of the lyrics, but he sings it well enough and although not authentic does achieve a flavour of the blues. Elvis seems a lot more at home with this song than Hard Luck from Frankie and Johnny a few years later.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2013report abuse
I can hear BB King do this. Maybe a fake blues by Tepper/Bennett, but then hound dog was fake too by two white jewish boys.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
I've always really liked the lyrics of this song and everything else about it. I've never skipped this song while listening to the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack album.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2012report abuse
Pleasant, very inauthentic, "blues" song. The difference between tracks like this and almost everything Elvis did before the army is startling. I can't lie and say I do not enjoy this dumb song---because I do. But it feels corporate, packaged, sanitized, and like an imitation of a "real" song. And that's kinda what happened in the movie years after the army---lots of songs that were more like imitations of real songs and Elvis doing his best to still be Elvis, under all the schlock. We know now, he was there all along, waiting for 1968.
MickeyN (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2011report abuse
Cleverly amusing lyrics, bluesy tune, as always brilliantly sung. This kind of song shows Elvis' versatility - he sang even bad songs well and this is not a bad song.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2011report abuse
Good vocal, but with lines like Im a kissin cousin to a ripe pineapple, it cannot be taken seriously as any kind of blues/rock song. Typical fare from Tepper/Bennett, the Lennon/McCartney of schlock.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2011report abuse
I love this song, it has a great bluesy feel and Elvis' phrasing is superb.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
I liked this way more as a kid. Now? I kind of cringe at it as I do most movie songs. Its the Hollywood version of Elvis to me. Strictly for people who didnt care what Elvis sang.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
Elvis voice is just brilliant on the Blue Hawaii album. The movie must have been exotic at the time when people were not traveling the world. This is a catchy song that is delivered well though not brilliant like Cant help falling in love from the same movie. Three stars from me.
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
A fantastically sung song from the hugely successful "Blue Hawaii" LP.
Johnny2523 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
This was a good film and i like the song to even thou it got the lyrics ''Now I'm a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple I'm in the can'' The song was performed well by elvis and i like the bluesy theme to this. I give this a 4 out of 5 star's it's catchy its fun and the movie is to!
wooden heart (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
brilliant, easy song by tepper/bennett. makes me smile every time (that´s a gas, el)
Andy_2 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
terrible song from a rubbish film. This is where the rot set in.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
Good film.and this is my favourite song from it. 10 stars.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2011report abuse
Love the guitar on this song and also the line 'Now I'm a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple'!!!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2010report abuse
One of three attempts at a song with humerous lyrics for the movie "Blue Hawaii". "Almost Always True" works, "Ito Eats" does not. This one isn't too bad and Elvis gives it a little attitude. I will give it 2 1/2 stars as it works better in the movie than it does on the record, but it is still a decent listen.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2010report abuse
Always liked the film, the song fits the plot well.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 14, 2009report abuse
Never really liked the movie. This song is quite good though.
MJB63 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2009report abuse
Not too bad of a song...this is what the Beach Boys would have sounded like if they had some blues in them.

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