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Words & Music: Jerry Leiber/ Mike Stoller
If you're looking for trouble
You came to the right place
If you're looking for trouble
Just look right in my face
I was born standing up
And talking back
My daddy was a green-eyed mountain jack
Because I'm evil, my middle name is misery
Well I'm evil, so don't you mess around with me

I've never looked for trouble
But I've never ran
I don't take no orders
From no kind of man
I'm only made out
Of flesh, blood and bone
But if you're gonna start a rumble
Don't you try it on alone
Because I'm evil, my middle name is misery
Well I'm evil, so don't you mess around with me
I'm evil, evil, evil, as can be
I'm evil, evil, evil, as can be
So don't mess around don't mess around don't mess around with me
I'm evil, I'm evil, evil, evil
So don't mess around, don't mess around with me
I'm evil, I tell you I'm evil
So don't mess around with me
Recorded: 1958/01/15, first released on EP


doctorcmp (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 21, 2020report abuse
ONE OF HIS BEST.....5 Stars in 1958, 1968, 2020
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 20, 2020report abuse
I really like the slow, bluesy part. Don't care for the change to dixieland tempo. 3 stars.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2017report abuse
5-stars; a timeless class from the 1958 soundtrack "King Creole". The music from this movie was completely unique and radical for the time but really fit the movie. Too bad this was nearing the end of the 1950's Elvis, when he was really the "King of Rack 'N Roll"
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 9, 2016report abuse
What else is there to say that hasn't been said already about this rock'n roll classic. Elvis' original is a true masterpiece. And the opening of the NBC TV-Special blew me away too when it came on. If you're into rock'n roll how can anyone not like this one!
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 28, 2015report abuse
One of the greatest classics in Rock Music. I don't know anyone who does not recognize this song, beat and tempo. Elvis at His very, very best, either in 1958, 1968 or 1973. Always a brutal song. P.S. Love James Burton dirty guitar solos in the 1973 versions!
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 20, 2013report abuse
The demo of this song was sung by un unknown singer and has a guitar solo at the end, while Elvis' version has a sudden change in tempo. I wonder who came off with that, Elvis or somebody else.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 25, 2013report abuse
A Leiber and Stoller masterpiece given a masterful performance by Elvis. A highlight along with the title track from one of Elvis' best soundtracks. 5 stars all the way.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 25, 2013report abuse
Great song from a great soundtrack album. I like the 1968 version the best. 4 stars for the 1958 and 5 for the 1968 version.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 25, 2013report abuse
One of my favorite Elvis songs. The way he performed this song really show how great a singer he was ,I can certainly not see many other singer do this as convincing as Elvis does. This is one reason why I see him as the best singer that I have ever heard. For me greatness has something to do with being able to sing many styles, convey the right feeling, range of the voice, right phrasing, good voice, creativeness and being able to hit and hold a note. Some people on different sites have suggested that Tom Jones (or Burke LOL) sing better than Elvis, but in my eyes they are way to one dimensional compared to Elvis, and at the most the only rival him on some of the above criteria.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 23, 2013report abuse
I never could understand what his father was in this song. Now I know: a green eyed mountain jack. Leiber/Stoller based the melody on Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy. Great in 1957, great in 1968, still great now in 2013.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 31, 2012report abuse
An Elvis delivery full of menace, swagger and I am the main man feel about it. One of the greatest performances of his whole career. and even shone when performed in concert in the 1970's.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2012report abuse
This is such a magnificent, electrifying, catchy and unique Elvis song and Elvis easily has the very best renditions of it. This is easily one of my most favorite songs that Elvis ever recorded. It's yet another masterpiece written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 26, 2012report abuse
True classic. Nothing more can be said. From his greatest movie & soundtrack.
Marc JB (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2011report abuse
Another classic Leiber & Stoller tune...blues Elvis style.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2008report abuse
Together with the fantastic movie this song has a special flavor. Elvis' appearance in the world was a revolution. It is as if with this song he responds. Being a soft-hearted person he makes clear he will stand up to all. In the movie as well as later on as an opening for the NBC TV Special he knows by voice and glance to give one that thrill of a man who will not yeald.

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