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Milkcow Blues Boogie

4.5 / 5

Words & Music: Kokomo Arnold

Well, I woke up this morning,
And I looked out the door.
I can tell that old milk cow
By the way she lowed.

Hold it fellows, that don't move me.
Let's get real, real gone for a change.

Well, I woke up this morning
And I looked out the door
I can tell that that old milk cow
I can tell the way she lowed.

Well, if you've seen my milk cow,
Please ride her on home.
I ain't had no milk or butter
Since that cow's been gone.

Well, I tried to treat you right,
Day by day.
Get out your little prayer book
Get down on your knees and pray.
For you're gonna need,
You're gonna need your loving daddy's help someday.
Well, then you're gonna be sorry
For treating me this way.

Well, believe me, don't that sun look good going down?
Well, believe me, don't that sun look good going down?
Well, don't that old moon look lonesome
When your baby's not around.

Well, I tried everything to get along with you.
I'm gonna tell you what I'm going do.
I'm gonna quit my crying, I'm gonna leave you alone.
If you don't believe I'm leaving, you can count the days I'm
I'm gonna leave.
You're gonna need your loving daddy's help someday.
Well, you're gonna be sorry
You treated me this way.

Recordingdate: 1954/11 or 1954/12, first released on: single (album)


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Lex wrote on August 06, 2008
Love it, the tempo change is marvelous but nothing compared to Elvis' howling and switching vocals. One of my favourite Sun-recordings.
derekd wrote on February 25, 2009
Five star all the way. Check out what others were recording back in 1954. Elvis really was the trend setter. These sun recordings are a must for any collection.
dgirl wrote on August 24, 2011
Super and ground breaking! Just how ground breaking? Look at all the artists that have covered this since. None came close.
Gorse wrote on November 22, 2012
. An unusual talking intro in the first few bars is followed by a superb upbeat performance that moves along at breakneck pace that gives me the feeling I am on a fast train.
sugartummy wrote on April 12, 2013
One of his best, but no hit back than. It's supposed to be based on Bob Wills Brain Cloudy Blues, but I don't think so. It sounds more like the great original by Kokomo Arnold. A top 3 song in my book. Where are all the reactions to this magnificent song?
Cruiser621 wrote on December 16, 2018
3-stars; it's nothing to brag home about other than the intro and Scotty Moore's guitar solo in the middle. Ricky Nelson with James Burton playing lead guitar put Elvis' version to shame.
Miknik7077 wrote on December 14, 2020
Just an absolute classic. A combination of rock, blues, and country. Ingenious.
TBG wrote on May 30, 2021
A great song, showcasing Elvis' talent. He took an ordinary blues song, changed the tempo and made it a 1954 rock song. One of my favorites from the Sun-area.
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