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Lil' Red Riding Hood



Originally Performed by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs

The song is built around Charles Perrault's fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood", adapted by ending before the grandmother makes her entrance, and explicitly using the ambiguity of modern English between wolf, the carnivore, and wolf, a man with concealed sexual intentions. The effect, whether intentional or incidental, is to strip away the fairy tale's metaphorical device and present the relationship between the two characters without literary pretense.

The singer remarks on "what big eyes" and "what full lips" Red has, and eventually on "what a big heart" he himself has. An added element is that he says (presumably aside, to the song's audience) that he is disguised in a "sheep suit" until he can demonstrate his good intentions, but he seems to be having a hard time suppressing his wolf call in the form of a howl, in favor of the baa-ing of a sheep, at the very end of the song when Sam repeats the word "BAAHED" a few times during the song's fade. One of its signature lines is "you're ev'rything that a big bad wolf could want." The song begins with a howl, and a spoken recitation that goes: "Who's that I see walkin' in these woods?/Why it's Little Red Riding Hood."

    Release Date: 1966


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Lil' Red Riding Hood : TTB : Alan Billingsley : Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs : 08201218 : 073999320541

Alan Billingsley : Lil' Red Riding Hood

Sam the Sham's novelty hit of 1966 is a natural for guys' groups with campy comedy that will bring down the house! Available: TTB, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:45.

Arranger: Alan Billingsley Performed By: Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201218 | Showtrax CD Available

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