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The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie

Rockabilly

One of the fun parts of 1950s music is the variety — from vocal harmony and doo wop to R&B, rock and roll, and rockabilly. It’s time now for a little rockabilly with “Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers. Some radio stations in Boston banned this song because it tells the story of a young couple who fall asleep at the movies and realize they are out way past curfew. In those days, staying out late with a girl was considered risqué. The song was written by the team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant who wrote a number of hits for The Everly Brothers and other artists from a variety of genres, including Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lew Lewis, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan. In 1957, “Wake Up LIttle Susie” went all the way to # 1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, the R&B Chart, and the Country Chart. It was also #2 on the U.K. Singles Chart. “Wake Up Little Susie” is ranked among Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Go Phil and Don!

Here are the lyrics:

“Wake up little Susie, wake up
Wake up little Susie, wake up
We both fell sound asleep
Wake up little Susie and weep
The movie’s over, it’s four o’clock And we’re in trouble deep

Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
Well, what are we gonna tell your mama?
What are we gonna tell your pa?
What are we gonna tell our friends
When they say “Ooh la la”?

Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
Well I told your mama that you’d be in by ten
Well Susie baby looks like we goofed again
Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
We gotta go home

Wake up little Susie, wake up
Wake up little Susie, wake up
The movie wasn’t so hot
It didn’t have much of a plot
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked
Our reputation is shot

Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
Well, what are we gonna tell your mama?
What are we gonna tell your pa?
What are we gonna tell our friends
When they say “Ooh la la”?

Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie”

If you would like to read about their song “(‘Til) I Kissed You”, please click here.

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2 Comments

  1. […] Please click here to listen to “(Til) I Kissed You.” If you would like to read more about their song “Wake Up Little Susie,” please click here. […]

  2. […] more songs by The Everly Brothers: “Wake Up Little Susie,” “‘Til I Kissed You,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s […]

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