SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL

Original version

Joe Turner's version

 

Bill Haley and the Comets' version

Get outta that bed, wash your face and hands
Well, you get in that kitchen
Make some noise with the pots and pans

Well, you wear low dresses
The sun comes shining through
Well, you wear low dresses
The sun comes shining through
I can't believe my eyes all that mess belongs to you

I believe to my soul you're a devil in nylon hose
I believe to my soul you're a devil in nylon hose
Well, the harder I work, the faster my money goes

I said, shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul

I'm like a one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
I'm like a one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
Well, I can look at you and tell you ain't no child no more

Ah, shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul

I said, over the hill and way down underneath
I said, over the hill and way down underneath
You make me roll my eyes, Baby, make me grit my teeth

I said, shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul
 
  Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
Well, roll my breakfast, 'cause I'm a hungry man

I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
Well you never do nothin' to save your doggone soul

Wearin' those dresses, your hair done up so right
Wearin' those dresses, your hair done up so right
You look so warm, but your heart is cold as ice

I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
Well you never do nothin' to save your doggone soul

I'm like a one-eyed cat, peepin' in a sea-food store
I'm like a one-eyed cat, peepin' in a sea-food store
I can look at you, till you don't love me no more

I believe you're doin' me wrong and now I know
I believe you're doin' me wrong and now I know
The more I work, the faster my money goes

I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
I said Shake rattle and roll
Well you never do nothin' to save your doggone soul
Shake rattle and roll
 

Page last updated: 17 Mar 2008

SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL (often rendered "Shake, Rattle & Roll") was written in 1954 by Jesse Stone, known as Charles Calhoun. It was first recorded by Big Joe Turner in New York on 15 Feb 1954. His version was released in April 1954, and reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart on 12 June, but its success did not cross over to the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Bill Haley And His Comets recorded the song on 07 Jun 1954, becoming the first rock song to sell a million copies.

Joe Turner's version of SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL was originally released in Apr 1954 by Atlantic Records as a 7" single (catalogue # Atlantic 1026) with YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU as the B-side. It can now be found on several Joe Turner compilation albums, including Greatest Hits (Atlantic label).

Bill Haley And His Comets' version of SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL was originally released on 10 Jul 1954 by Decca Records as a 7" single (catalogue # Decca 9-29204) with A.B.C. BOOGIE as the B-side. It can now be found on several Bill Haley And His Comets compilation albums, including Rock Around The Clock (Mca label).

Bruce Springsteen covered SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL live in special occasions, always off-tour. Check out the live 02 Sep 1995 version for more details.