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Big Boss Man

Words & Music by Al Smith, Luther Dixon

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Big Boss Man

Words & Music by Al Smith, Luther Dixon

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
Can't you hear me when I call?
Well you ain't so big, you know you're just tall that's all, Alright
Well you got me workin' boss man
Workin' round the clock
I wanna little drink of water
But you won't let big Al stop
Big boss man now can't you hear me when I call? Alright
I said you ain't so big, you know you're just tall that's all

Big boss man, why can't you hear me when I call? Alright
You know you ain't so big, I said you're just tall that's all, Alright
I'm gonna get me a boss man
One who's gonna treat me right
I work hard in the day time
Rest easy at night
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call? Can't you hear
Me when I call?
I said you ain't so big, you're just tall that's all
I'm gonna get me a boss man
One that's gonna treat me right
I work hard in the evenin'
Rest easy at night
Big boss man, big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
I said you ain't so big, you're just tall that's all
Alright, big boss man
It's alright

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Big Boss Man was written by Al Smith and Luther Dixon and recorded by Jimmy Reed in 1961. His recording (Vee Jay 380) reached #13 on Billboard's rhythm & blues chart and #78 on the Hot 100 chart. In 1964 Gene Chandler recorded the song as Soul Hootenanny (Constellation 114).

Elvis recorded Big Boss Man on September 10, 1967, at RCA's Nashville studios. His single release had a six-week stay on the Hot 100 chart, reaching #38. Elvis sang Big Boss man in a medley in his 1968 TV special, Elvis. Both the instrumental and vocal tracks were recorded at Western Recorders in Hollywood on June 20 or 21, 1968.

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Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
Can't you hear me when I call?
Well you ain't so big, you know you're just tall that's all, Alright
Well you got me workin' boss man
Workin' round the clock
I wanna little drink of water
But you won't let big Al stop
Big boss man now can't you hear me when I call? Alright
I said you ain't so big, you know you're just tall that's all

Big boss man, why can't you hear me when I call? Alright
You know you ain't so big, I said you're just tall that's all, Alright
I'm gonna get me a boss man
One who's gonna treat me right
I work hard in the day time
Rest easy at night
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call? Can't you hear
Me when I call?
I said you ain't so big, you're just tall that's all
I'm gonna get me a boss man
One that's gonna treat me right
I work hard in the evenin'
Rest easy at night
Big boss man, big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
I said you ain't so big, you're just tall that's all
Alright, big boss man
It's alright


Big Boss Man was written by Al Smith and Luther Dixon and recorded by Jimmy Reed in 1961. His recording (Vee Jay 380) reached #13 on Billboard's rhythm & blues chart and #78 on the Hot 100 chart. In 1964 Gene Chandler recorded the song as Soul Hootenanny (Constellation 114).

Elvis recorded Big Boss Man on September 10, 1967, at RCA's Nashville studios. His single release had a six-week stay on the Hot 100 chart, reaching #38. Elvis sang Big Boss man in a medley in his 1968 TV special, Elvis. Both the instrumental and vocal tracks were recorded at Western Recorders in Hollywood on June 20 or 21, 1968.