La Grange (7:41)

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This song is about the infamous “Chicken Ranch” bordello located in La Grange, TX. It was also idealized in the musical “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” starring Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Jim Nabors and Dom DeLuise. The Chicken Ranch actually existed and if you’re ever down this way, La Grange is located SSW of Austin about midway to Houston. In March 2005, Q magazine placed “La Grange” at number 92 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. This song is about a whorehouse. Many people in Texas knew about it, but when the song was released it drew so much attention to the illegal activities going on there that they had to cease operations.
“The Chicken Ranch,” or Miss Edna’s Boarding house in La Grange was probably the oldest establishment in Texas catering the the oldest profession. It was closed down by a zealous TV reporter from Houston, who couldn’t find enough vice and corruption to report on in Houston. He challenged the governor on the issue of why it continued to operate in fairly plain sight. The governor had no choice but to order the sheriff to close it. Miss Edna’s girls had weekly visits from the local doctors, so they were “clean.” The girls spent their money in La Grange and when a new hospital was needed, Miss Edna gave the first and largest donation. The reporter is still on the air crusading against such hideous crimes such as slime in the ice machines of restaurants.


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Rumor spreadin' around, in that Texas town
'Bout that shack outside La Grange
And you know what I'm talkin' about
Just let me know if you wanna go

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  • websrfr

    On one of the Guitar Hero' playing it.

    5 Aug 9:04pm Reply
  • o-MacGyver-o


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  • RomeoAlpha52

    One of the best songs ever!

    13 Jul 12:31pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Based on a classic blues rhythm, this groovy ZZ Top tune makes you want to get up and boogie! “La Grange” is filled with the hard heavy blues-rock that allowed Billy Gibbons to flaunt his guitar prowess and now serves as a model for aspiring guitarists everywhere. As one of the American outfit’s most played radio singles, it also often appears in pop culture. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 3:25pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    11 May 5:38pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    3 May 1:01pm Reply
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  • a_jeda

    \m/ \m/

    9 Apr 9:57am Reply
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  • Dannyownzz

    This song is impossible to not bang your head to.

    11 Mar 6:14pm Reply
  • yerbyderby

    Will they ever cut off their beards? When they are dead and buried, there will be a rumble in their graves and you will hear an E-, a Bass Guitar together with drums. And their beards will grow three times around the graveyard. Of course they will be buried with their sunglasses.

    18 Feb 6:41pm Reply
  • jahrgang54

    Dieses Lied live zu hören war einfach suuupergeil !!!

    11 Feb 10:58pm Reply
  • pisano7

    grandiosa banda,pure rock.

    9 Feb 3:34am Reply
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    Grandioso Riff

    20 Jan 3:04am Reply
  • Strawb77

    @MIKEH3875 - shit, i`d love to try it, and yes, i am crazy and stoned. and thanks to @Memphisman1977 for the info, rofl!

    15 Jan 10:03pm Reply
  • AliDehghani1991

    ZZ Top & Slash paly this soung, that's awesome

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vinman07

    Have Mercy!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
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