Fattening Frogs for Snakes (2:19)

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  • analogmikke

    The KING of HARP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    28 Jun 12:37pm Reply
  • LondonLouis

    I've always wondered what on earth this song was about. Now I've come across an interesting explanation from The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music (Allen Moore, 2002). Originally this concept was from the country, and referred to having a partner who moved on to someone else (richer? more powerful?). But Sonny Boy may well have been referring to the way that Black artists of his era were being ripped off by the wider, white-dominated music industry in the form of cover tracks, the refusal to pay royalties etc. The author doesn't substantiate this argument but it feels plausible. The track seems to have been put down in 1957, which was a couple of years after Elvis made his breakthrough on the back of Crudup's It's all right mama. I can believe that Williamson could have been bitter at the commercial success of the White Rock and Roll pioneers.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Biggest buzzkill @Last.fm below me. V~Points at him~V . Read some of his words of wit on here. Why are you even here? If it were left up to you, music would never ever evolve. Sort of life that was depicted in the movie "Pleasantville" However for him life stays in black & white with shades of gray forever with no color, The only music allowed to be playing is The Blues and assorted other sad & pessimistic songs pre-1970. It gets worse. People walking around like it's the1948 novel George Orwell's "1984". A sad state of affairs ya got going there @BigChoupique.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BigChoupique

    Run all dem frogs out my home /// tired o' hearin that black snake moan

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Still an absolute knock out.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • poleepeat

    it took me a looong time to find out mymistakes nice tune .... good music

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Paullamby

    Paul Lamb does a good version

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • pimike

    fattening frogs for snakes-putting effort into an endeavor only to have someone else take the credit

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • aprilanc

    Love the name o this song!

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BigChoupique

    *rofl* ... can anyone really not know what frogs and snakes are in blues?

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • wolfy76484

    This man can play that harp

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
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    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • dewfish

    I think Gramfan nailed what the song is really about. Great song.

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • lossless777

    hell yes

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • mikesimpson

    atta-boy sonny

    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Druid66

    The title is such a chilling metaphor, and I love that razor-blade mouth harp thing.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • dwbmike

    there is only Sonny Boy Williamson the harmonica king from the delta of Arkansas along with the delta of miss. the home of the blues

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • joswein

    how good is this band!

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • jimmy69041

    a beautiful and unique way of describing a common experiance

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Gramfan

    You get your frog all dressed up nice and living large and wearing a pretty blue dress and some snake in a zoot suit come along and gobbles her down. That's fattening frogs for snakes.

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
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