Makes a Bulldog Hug a Hound

Willie Dixon wrote the song ‘The Same Thing’ in 1964 for Muddy Waters.  This is a humorous song, because of the country comparisons that it makes with a tom cat fighting, a bulldog hugging a hound, and a preacher putting down his bible.  The man likes his woman to have long legs and he feels good when he sees his girl get dressed up.  Sex is enjoyable to him but many times it leads to jealousy and he sees the whole world’s fighting about that old same thing.  Most men like to see a woman wearing sexy clothing like a short skirt, tight jeans, low-cut blouses or a dress that hugs their body, especially if they can pull off that look, but some women become aware of this effect that they have over men and they use it to wrap their man around her pinky.

In 1953, Willie Dixon was just an office assistant at Chess Records, an up-and-coming indie blues label on the South Side of Chicago.  His duties ranged from playing upright bass on sessions to packing up the resulting records for shipment and sweeping the floor.  He was always pestering people about the songs he wrote in his spare time, but no one paid him much mind.  As a bluesman who had been there and done that, Willie lived his life exactly like he wrote songs; simply, without pretension and at gut level.  A huge man both in girth and talent, he became a voice for the broken man and the troubled woman.  He had a genuine gift for musical arrangement and composition and is, to this day, still considered one of the blues’ most prolific songwriters.  He was incredibly intuitive when it came to pairing songs with musicians and musicians with sessions, then successfully capturing on vinyl, the best from both.

Chess Records songwriter Willie Dixon was the man behind some of the most beloved and influential songs in history, inspiring a whole generation of musicians.  Willie Dixon was a Chicago blues artist, perhaps best known for his songwriting.  He wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs and his work has been recorded by some of the best-known blues musicians of his era, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, and Buddy Guy.  Later, some of his songs were popularized by rock groups, such as The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Cream, and Led Zeppelin.  Dixon’s combination of simple but effective rhythms and melodies with punchy cliché-free lyrics continue to be interpreted and recorded by newer performers.

What make a man go crazy when a woman wears her dress so tight?
What make a man go crazy when a woman wears her little old dress so tight?
You know it’s that same thing that make a tom cat fight every night

And why all of these men trying to run a big legged woman down?
Now why all of these men trying to run a big old legged woman down?
It’s got to be that same old thing that make a bulldog hug a hound

And it’s that old same thing
It’s that old same old thing
Now tell me who to blame?
The whole world’s fighting about that old same thing
Yes it is

What make you feel so good when your baby get a dressing gown
What make you feel so good when your baby get a dressing gown
It got to be the same old thing that makes a preacher lay his bible down
Yes it is

And it’s that same thing
It’s that old same thing
It’s that old same thing
It’s that old same thing
Yes it is

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music Challenge #170 Hold Me Now.

9 thoughts on “Makes a Bulldog Hug a Hound

      1. No I probably haven’t… because of where I live I’ve heard the Tucker version of Delta Dawn but both are good…I worked on Tanya Tuckers old ranch when I was 18…she had sold it by then.

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