Big Boss Man

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Words & Music: Smith/ Dixon
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
Can't you hear me when I call?
Well you ain't so big, you know you're just tall that's all, All right
Well you got me workin' boss man
Workin' round the clock
I wanna little drink of water
But you won't let big Al stop
Big boss man now can't you hear me when I call? All right
I said you ain't so big, you know you're just tall that's all

Big boss man, why can't you hear me when I call? All right
You know you ain't so big, I said you're just tall that's all, All right
I'm gonna get me a boss man
One who's gonna treat me right
I work hard in the day time
Rest easy at night
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call? Can't you hear me when I call?
I said you ain't so big, you're just tall that's all
I'm gonna get me a boss man
One that's gonna treat me right
I work hard in the evenin'
Rest easy at night
Big boss man, big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
I said you ain't so big, you're just tall that's all
All right, big boss man
It's all right
Recorded: 1967/09/10, first released on single

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 11, 2013report abuse
This song showed that Elvis was back for the folk who mainly appreciated the rocking side of the man. Me, I enjoyed a good 60% of his film output on vinyl and another 15% as presented in the film. Lack of personal appearances, and being out of the public eye for so long, stopped this release being a smash hit.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2013report abuse
A great song indeed. Scotty Moore recorded Frank Frost doing this song in the mid sixties as a producer. Jerry Reed couldn't remember Scotty Moore or DJ Fontana present during the recording of guitar man & big boss man. Later Reed said he'd wished he was a woman because Elvis looked so great.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2012report abuse
Elvis proved that he never lost it, he just got sidetracked temporarily with the movie soundtracks. Over the years Beatles fans have made the claim that the band destroyed Elvis' career. When they say that I always mention that if that were true how come Elvis took up where he left off in 1968 while the Beatles were still together. The Beatles were still two years away from breaking up as a group, so they had nothing to do with Elvis' career losing some steam in the mid-1960s. Elvis with the right material and a major push and tours would've stood toe to toe with anything the British Invasion dished out. Despite the myths and rumors the hippies and the counter culture of the 1960s weren't anti-Elvis. They wanted him to be "The King" that they knew he could be.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 1, 2012report abuse
always loved this song,the studio version was brilliant.i along with most fans feel that he should have been doing this type of song for the last 4-5years,but here's the problem if he had of been doing this type of song then he would'nt have really been away from the music scene.so no need for a 68' comeback.....just a thought.5 stars from me.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 1, 2012report abuse
This is a great song. I love the recordingssessions with Elvis and Jerry Reed. They should have done it more often.
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 31, 2011report abuse
This is an ok song for me one i can take or leave. Some versions sound a little dis-jointed but never terrible that i skip it.
johnnygb (profilecontact) wrote on May 23, 2010report abuse
This song really shows Elvis beginning to break free from the movie songs, a pounding beat and a new mature sounding voice. Great stuff if only 5 years too late!!!!!!!!
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on May 23, 2010report abuse
Great track. Elvis in the process of rediscovering himself, culminating with the 68 comeback, which included this song. Kinda hard to imagine an Elvis fan who doesn't like this song.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on May 22, 2010report abuse
A favourite of mine since I first heard the original 67 version. This is the kind of stuff Elvis should have been doing much more of. Those sessions really showed promise of what was to come. Why Elvis went for the Charlie Rich arrangement when doing the song live in the 70's i beyond me. I like the studio version above all!
1 BILLION SOLD (profilecontact) wrote on May 22, 2010report abuse
This is 1 of 2 45's that were the first Elvis songs on a 45 that I had at home as a child. My mom owned it, (then, cuz I do now), and along w Guitar Man, they bring back great memories of childhood life in general! Always loved the "growl" in his voice in this song, he sounds like a bad-ass!!
King Of Music (profilecontact) wrote on May 22, 2010report abuse
Great song, one of his later 60's pop/rock greats.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2010report abuse
An outstanding song recorded in September of '67 and rushed to the stores as a single one month later with "You Don't Know Me" from the same session. After back to back singles has failed to make the top 40, "Big Boss Man" started back on the right track hitting #38. The flipside hit a very respectable #44. Elvis growls his way through this rocking tune and kept on doing top notch versions right on until the end.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
A fine song that started a succession of fine singles that showed Elvis cared again about his music. Too bad it was released around the same time as Clambake and was included on that insufferable album. Also later it was inlcuded on a cheap Camden proving that even Elvis's good songs never got the repsect they deserved by RCA. Would have made a fine LP with Hi-Heel Sneakers, Down In The Alley, Guitar Man, Too Much Monkey Business, etc. Now that would have been a comeback LP!
Jim Hoff (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
The man from Tupelo sounds pissed off on this recording! That suits him well, indeed! Should have made a whole concept album in this genre, but I guess E.P was too busy helping the colonel painting sparrows yellow........
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
I never cared for the original studio version. But I liked it alot in the "Comeback special". And even more so, in the mid 70s, when he performed it on stage. (It was faster and I loved the updated arragement)
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
Big Boss Man, High Heel Sneakers, Down In The Alley were all rather lame songs in my opinion. On the other hand, You Don't Know Me was top notch; too bad his timing was off as to the release of this song aka wrong time, right song.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
I like this very much. A refreshing change. I remember thinking at the time it nice but not hit material.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
How refreshing this was in late 67. Finally a single with some chops, although sadly out of date with musical trends at the time. But it was great to hear Elvis sinking his teeth into some 'real' material for a change and not promoting a lame movie song. I like the B side but thankfully it remained a B side otherwise it would have been another movie ballad as the A side, which we had enough of at the time.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
This September 67 session was the beginning of the redemption that would lead to the Comeback special 9 months later !...Elvis sounds amazing !
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
I Like this song very very much. It marks Elvis resurrection to Rock Music after those forgettable movie years! Like its lyrics, its beat, the harmonica, and Elvis voice as a "bad boy". The live renditions are also nice, and my favourite is the one we have in the Memory import release "Charleston Rocks"(Atlanta, June 6 1976), with James Burton guitar licks, and not the horns, putting the beat, and making the solo in the song! An Outstanding Blues Rock Performance!
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
The recording sessions with Jerry Reed in ´68 were really the first sign of positive changes after the movie years. Even though they weren´t big hits you could hear that he still had it, and wanted to make good records. Big Boss Man, Guitar Man, and US Male were great numbers and might have been hits with another timing.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
I didn't care for this song,along with Guitar Man. You don't know me was much better.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2009report abuse
I was always surprised that Elvis continued to sing this in concert after it's very poor showing in the charts on it's release in 1967, obviously he really enjoyed singing it.Pity though that he sang this In preference to songs that made it to the top of the charts in the years before, and he never touched. I always thought that this was a bad choice for a single in 1967 as even then it sounded dated, but I could see the appeal of the B side You Don't Know Me to a country audience.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 14, 2009report abuse
why has this fine song been crammed on a mediocre movie soundtrack along with You Don't Know Me and Guitar Man?
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
Elvis kept doing this song better and better during his career, I think. Did this have anything to do with Colonol Tom Parker?..

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