Walking the Dog



Rufus Thomas

Baby's back, dressed in black,
Silver buttons all down her back.
High, low, tipsy toe,
She broke a needle and she can't sew.
Walkin' the dog,
Just walkin' the dog.
If you don't know how to do it,
I'll show you how to walk te dog.

Asked a fellow for fifteen cents,
See the fellow he jumped the fence.
Jumped so high he touched the sky,
Never got back till the fourth of July.
Walkin' the dog,
Just walkin' the dog.
If you don't know how to do it,
I'll show you how to walk the dog.

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Comments (5):
The Stones version was not that good compared to the rest.
- Joe, eldon, MO
I have the Rufus Thomas version at two speeds! On the History of R&B Vol VI (Atlantic) vinyl, it's pitched higher and doesn't last as long as the version on Atlantic Gold - 100 Soul Classics CD. Anyone know which is the right one?
- Robin, Bolton, United Kingdom
Aerosmith's version was better in my opinion
- Homer, Springfield, KY
I think Aerosmith covered this song on one of their early albums. I like their version; haven't heard the Stones'.
- Steve, Hermitage, TN
Lyrics, music, and original recording were by Rufus Thomas in 1963. The song made the U.S. Top Ten and was included in his album of the same title on Stax records. Rufus was born and died in Mississippi and Tennesee, respectively. The Rolling Stones covered it. So did the Grateful Dead in 1966 and then a couple of times in 1970. They continued to play it with revisions briefly in 1984/1985. A fun and lively interpretation of this song was performed by John Warren and his band in 1999. They played this song live at The Palms in Davis, California less than one month before passing away in from pancreatic cancer.
- Billie, Stuttgart, Germany
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