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Stop Look and Listen

3.7 / 5

Words & Music: Joy Byers

When I was a little bitty boy
Sittin' on my papa's knee
I still remember every word my papa said to me
Now boy if you ever meet
A pretty woman walking down the street

You'd better
Stop real still, look both ways
Listen or you'll get in trouble

When you see her go struttin' by
Giving you that evil eye
And she's got a kind of dreamy look
Just enough to get you shook
Now boy don't you lose your head
You pay attention what your papa said

You'd better
Stop real still, look both ways
Listen or you'll get in trouble

All right !

She'll drive you crazy with the way she walks
She'll drive you crazy with the way she talks
And you'll think you're gonna lose your mind
'Cause that pretty woman looks so fine
And the very first thing you'll know
You'll be tellin' her you love her so

You'd better stop real still

Recordingdate: 1966/02/16, first released on: Spinout (album)


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Deano1 wrote on February 21, 2010
A quick rocking song recorded for and included in the movie and LP "Spinout". Elvis and the Jordinaires make this one memorable despite it not having very high production values. RCA and Colonel Parker thought enough of it to put as the first song on the LP as opposed to putting the title song first.
dgirl wrote on April 27, 2010
A fine rocking song to kick off one of the better soundtrack LPs. Finally I was not disappointed in playing a new Elvis LP in the mid-60's.
Gorse wrote on December 06, 2012
A pretty good rock song from a movie, along with one or 2 others from Spinout. Moves along at a fast pace and has Elvis revving it up and kicking it along. Unusual sudden finish shows they were thinking a little bit outside the box.
sugartummy wrote on May 10, 2013
On outtakes you hear Elvis struggling with the lyrics. A 5 star song for me. Perhaps the organ sound is a guitar with gimmick, because Jorgensen's book Complete Recording Sessions doesn't mention an organist. But I know that book isn't perfect, so maybe Floyd Cramer played an organ on the sessions.
JerryNodak wrote on November 16, 2013
Fun song. Enjoyable soundtrack. Song and soundtrack both 4 stars.
kink56 wrote on November 16, 2013
Great song from one of the best post Blue Hawaii soundtracks. I actually prefer the dry vocal treatment of Elvis' voice on these soundtracks over the typical echo they added to most of his studio work.
ElvisSacramento wrote on November 17, 2013
I've always liked this fun and terrific song and I've never skipped it. It's from one of Elvis' better 1960's soundtrack albums "Spinout". I enjoy the soundtrack album and I enjoy the movie too.
Jim Davidson wrote on January 17, 2016
Spinout is one of my favorite Elvis movies. I question why this song was track #1 on side A of the Spinout / California Holiday LP while the title song was track #1 on side B. The song Spinout and to a lesser extent Adam & Evil are among Elvis' best recordings from the 1960s. Stop Look and Listen makes me stop and listen when I hear it, but it is not top-of-mind.
TheMemphisFan wrote on January 17, 2016
Not one of Elvis' better rockers from the 1960s.
Cruiser621 wrote on January 18, 2016
Very, very pedestrian tune, from a rather typical Elvis travelogue movie as usual. Not one of my favorites.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 12, 2016
I've always liked this Elvis movie song and Elvis' rendition of it was sensational. The other fifteen songs that Elvis recorded that were written or co-written by Joy Byers were "Baby, If You'll Give Me All Of Your Love", "C'mon Everybody", "Goin' Home", "Hard Knocks", "Hey, Hey, Hey", "Hey Little Girl", "It Hurts Me", "I've Got To Find My Baby", "Let Yourself Go", "Please Don't Stop Loving Me", "She's A Machine", "So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise), "The Meanest Girl In Town", "There Ain't Nothing Like A Song" and There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon".
Steve V wrote on November 24, 2018
Yes better than a lot of the movie soundtrack openers, but why so short? The problem with some of the better movie songs was they were over before you knew it. The movie was typically inane though, actually quite inane.
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