A little background:

I love Elvis. LOVE HIM. I have been a fan since I was twelve, and while I'm not a Midnight Vigil type, I have watched the movies and I own some cds and I've read some biographies. So I consider myself to be pretty well-versed in Elvis trivia. But even the least Elvis-educated person knows the lyrics to one of his best-known songs, "Hound Dog." Right?

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
You ain't no friend of mine

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Apparently, a member of my very own family, who I will call My Annoying Relative (MARy), has her own version of this song. My sister Joon and I recalled the fateful day that MARy told us that the hound dog was not cryin' all the time:

JOON: Remember when she argued with you about that Elvis song? Because she thought the word was different?
MEI: Yeah, "crockin'." She said the hound dog was crockin' all the time.
JOON: Oh I am laughing so hard over here!
JOON: I am crying!
MEI: I think you mean you are crockin'.
JOON: Crockin'!
MEI: Just what does she think the song is saying?
MEI: If you are crockin' all the time?
JOON: "You ain't nothin but a hound dog, crockin' all the time"

[Keep in mind here that the song itself is pretty insulting. I mean, have you ever heard a hound dog cry? It is pretty pathetic. And a hound dog that's never caught a rabbit? That is like, its whole reason for being! So Elvis is really saying to someone: "You whiny loser! You're completely incapable of performing even the simplest of jobs, even the one you were extensively trained to do! I hate you!"]

MEI: It makes me think of a crock pot.
MEI: And that just means that the hound dog is like, cooking meatballs all day long.
JOON: Man, that would be an insult, huh?
JOON: You pitiful thing ...
MEI: You cook too much!
JOON: lol
JOON: Crockin'.
JOON: I'll have to remember that one.
MEI: That is my new insult.
MEI: Joon, you made me mad.

To this day, MARy has never owned up to being wrong about that lyric. She really does cook too much.

1 comment:

T. Stark said...

Hey Mei,

I can't find an e-mail address and I wanted to e-mail you about what I did to your blogcritics post (the horror!!!, the horror !!!)

Actually very minor changes.

mine is writer@templestark.com, i'm Exec. Editor of the site.

Sorry to leave a comment here. I like Elvis too and my girlfriend got kissed on the cheek at a concert as a child


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