The Best Songs – ” Rock Me Baby”

From Wikipedia:

Rock Me Baby” is a blues standard that has become one of the most recorded blues songs of all time. When B.B. King released “Rock Me Baby” in 1964, it became a Top 40 hit reaching #34 in the Billboard Hot 100.  The song is based on earlier blues songs and has been interpreted and recorded by a variety of artists.

B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby” is based on “Rockin’ and Rollin'”, a song recorded by Lil’ Son Jackson in 1950 (Imperial 5113). King’s lyrics are nearly identical to Jackson’s, although instrumentally the songs are different. “Rockin’ and Rollin'” is a solo piece, with Jackson’s vocal and guitar accompaniment, whereas “Rock Me Baby” is an ensemble piece.

Rock me baby, rock me all night long
Rock me baby, honey, rock me all night long
I want you to rock me baby,
like my back ain’t got no bone

Muddy Waters‘ song “Rock Me”, recorded in 1956 (Chess 1652), is also based on Jackson’s song. Some of Jackson’s lyrics were used, but Waters incorporated a couple of verses from his 1951 song “All Night Long” (which is also based on “Rockin’ and Rollin'”) (Chess 1509). Muddy Waters’ “Rock Me” also uses Jackson’s guitar figure and the starting of the vocal on the IV chord and he interpreted it as an unusual fifteen-bar blues (an uneven number of measures, rather than the traditional twelve bars or somewhat less common eight or sixteen bars). Muddy Waters recorded a second version of “Rock Me” for his 1978 album I’m Ready.

Rock me easy, rock your baby slow
Rock me easy, rock your baby slow
Well you know I want you to rock me so easy, till I don’t wanna rock no more

I dig BB King’s version, I LOVE Muddy Water’s version…. BUT the best one is Otis Redding’s.

and now, the real lyrics:

I want you to fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck me babe
fuck me babe, fuck me babe, fuck me babe
You don’t know what I need
I want you to keep fucking me
You don’t know what I want
I want you to keep fucking me
Everything I love
I want you to keep fucking
Give it, give it to me baby…



4 thoughts on “The Best Songs – ” Rock Me Baby””

  1. These are great-
    Bonnie Raitt makes a reference to this song on “Love Me Like A Man”
    Which I’ve always loved.

    I didn’t hear the Fuck Me lyric in the Otis Redding version.
    I guess I will have to listen again.

  2. I recall the b side of a record by The Nutmegs in the 50’s. The A side was “Story Untold” and the B side was “Rock Me, Baby” which I always heard used the “original” words.

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