Composer(s) : Carl Perkins
Year : 1956
Chords/Tabs: Honey Don't
KEY E Major
------- 2X -----
Intro-> Verse -> Refrain -> Verse (solo) -> Refrain ->
Verse -> Refrain -> Verse (solo) -> Refrain ->
Outro (complete ending)
COMPOSER Carl Perkins
INFLUENTIAL VERSION Carl Perkins (1956)
- Forget about Buddy and Berry :-). Clearly, our Boys had some kind of
Carl Perkins fixation. Surprisingly, he scores -- together with Larry
Williams, of all people -- the highest number of songs by a single artist
to have been covered by the Beatles on their official releases!
- Once you recover from your initial shocked surprise, it's worthwhile
acknowledging the extent to which Perkins' "rock'a'billy" style rounds
out the repertoire of a group that at the time was in transition toward
"Rubber Soul" by way of "For Sale". From a different perspective, you
can even argue that Carl's penchant for surprising, enigmatic lyrical
turns of phrase ("sometimes you say you will when you won't "/"got that
sand all over your feet") would also intruige the Beatles, especially John.
- This specific song didn't come into the act until as late as '62, but
it stayed there as the default Ringo song on stage, for a while.
Personally, I always find John's rendition (as heard on a pair of
Beeb radio appearances) the more knowing and trenchant.
- For a fellow like Perkins whose output otherwise focuses around
12-bar formats, this one is a bit unusual. Granted, the refrains here
are in the straight blues form, but the 12-bar verses incororpate a
rather Buddy-esque use of the flat-VI chord, and the guitar solo sections
are actually a clever 8-bar contraction of the verses in which the
eighth measure moves to V instead of sustaining the flat-VI from
the previous measure.
- Compared to the tidiness of the typical Beatles original composition,
the repeat and alternation pattern sections of this one is relatively
cranked out seeingly at random. Note especially the multiple solos
and their asymmetrical placement. Faced with a similar gameplan back
, the ever-fastidious Fab Four had taken the trouble to
"reorganize" the song for increased tightness.
- Those who are primarily familiar with the Beatles version will likely
be surprised by the extent to which it matches the original, right down
to the same key, form, basic arrangement including the solo guitar work.
Perkin's original vocal delivery though is unique and would not easily
imitated; especially by Ringo.
Ook op Beatles for Sale:
Ook op Live At The BBC:
Ook op On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2:
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