I'm A Roustabout

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Words & Music: Blackwell/ Scott
Build it up, knock it down
Hold it square, roll it around
Throw it in the air,
Stick it in the ground
But it's too bad, I can’t get mad
‘Cause I’m a roustabout

Tie it loose, make it tight
If it’s wrong, do it right
Makes me kinda feel,
Like I wanna fight
But it's too bad, I can’t get mad
‘Cause I’m a roustabout

Orders all day and half the night from the boss
That guy just doesn't wanna see one minute lost

Stack it up, in the rear
Better still bring it here
Wanna take it out, stick it in his ear
But it's too bad, I can’t get mad
‘Cause I’m a roustabout

A handyman is all I am around this place
Everytime I turn around, he’s right up in my face

Bring it in, bring it out
When I’m slow, boy he shouts
Getting awful tired, running in and out
But it's too bad, I can’t get mad
‘Cause I’m a roustabout
Recorded: 1964, first released on 2nd To None


Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on May 8, 2020report abuse
Mediocre to say the least....
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2014report abuse
I LOVE this song and Elvis' performance. They had Kissin Cousins number one and two, why couldn't they include both Roustabout songs in the movie? They are both great, but the nod goes to this one.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2014report abuse
I like them both but one will always tend to go for the newer version until that is seasoned and heard for a few years. Let the first one be the opener, which I think is the best place of the 2, and this version be at the hard hitting centre of the dispute between Charlie and Joe.
dismas (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2014report abuse
Why not two title tracks both in the film and on the soundtrack, as was done a mere six months before w/ Kissin' Cousins? I'm a Roustabout actually suits the dynamic between Charlie (Elvis) and Joe (Leif Erickson), as set up in the screenplay. And it's always great to hear EP rocking out on a piece of material he seems to actually enjoy singing! Why everyone involved took a pass on this track from a great songwriting team w/ a winning track record is anybody's guess. But it was another lost opportunity, for sure.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 24, 2013report abuse
A much better song then Roustabout, but with lyrics that seems slightly SM, I understand why someone voted NO to this song. Blackwell never wanted to write for Elvis again when this song was rejected.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
I'm so very glad that this long lost song was found by Winfield Scott himself at his house and that he then allowed it to get officially released by RCA. I've loved this song ever since I first heard it. It's one of nine songs that Elvis recorded that was written by Winfield Scott.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 16, 2011report abuse
This was an amazing Find by Ernst and RCA. I Loved it, the minute, I first, heard it ! The song is fun and Elvis the Rock-N-Roller, sings it, with such energy and power. I wish more lost songs like this would be discovered.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 16, 2011report abuse
I like this one, it was good to have something long forgotten discovered.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2010report abuse
I really got a kick out of hearing this one when I first played the album. It´s so much better then the other Roustabout song, that I don´t like at all. Yes, sometimes we make these kind of songs better than they are, because we have not heard them before, but I like this one just as much as the remix of Rubberneckin´ that appeared on the same album. That number became a hit, this could have been that too
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2010report abuse
This was the rejected version and compared to the album original I can see why. I do not care for this version at all.
japio (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2010report abuse
Great song. Elvis was in a gooed mood. I think he knew who's writen this gem and give it all. But as always.But what a stupid idea to reject this great song
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2010report abuse
An hungry Elvis putting his teeth in a song he really seems to like. Rejected because in those days they thaught the words were too controversial or agressive ?
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2010report abuse
Very good song. Better than the original title tune. Listen to his voice. He is into this song much more than most movie songs. I swear I hear a little of the 50's Elvis creep in there. Of course a Blackwell/Scott song is not going to be like a Tepper/Bennett movie song. You are are going to get a better song with hipper lyrics and this is just what this was. Elvis probably got pumped up when he saw the writers and gave it his all. Thanks to the Colonel many fans never got to hear it.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2010report abuse
I like this song a lot. Yes his voice has more of an edge to it and that's what lifts it above the rest of the soundtrack. Would have fit nicely on the LP as the opening track followed by Little Egypt. Bang Bang! Of course its no Don't Be Cruel but it is sure better the than the happy bounce along tame Roustabout which sounded like a million other movie songs. Too bad we waited all these years to hear it. Amusing funny lyrics as well.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2010report abuse
I don't care for this song at all. Much prefer the other Roustabout song that was used.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2010report abuse
I like this song! And I wish there were a proper studioversion available to fit into a FTD classic album of the soundtrack.
The song suits the rest of the soundtrack and could well have been included as a bonus track back then! Little Egyp/I'm A Roustabout might have gone over well as a single imo!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 5, 2010report abuse
It is funny there are songs that people listened to for years from Elvis' movies (and enjoyed) and over time, music critics and/or listening to them too much make people think they aren't good. They hear someone put a song down and they don't want to be embarrassed so they no longer like it. Then when a fair to decent lost song comes out, people start fawning all over it, like it is another "Don't Be Cruel". This song is the same as the rest of the soundtrack it was recorded for, pleasant and pretty good, but not great. There is a little extra toughness in his voice, that isn't on most of the tracks from this movie, but the lyrics are suspect and the song just can't be considered one of his best.