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Elvis SongPedia: Clean Up Your Own Back Yard

Clean Up Your Own Back Yard




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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Billy Strange, Mac Davis

Recorded: October 23, 1968, United Artists Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 6.

Single:w/ "The Fair Is Moving On", 47-9747, June 17, 1969
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0672, December 1970

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#35 on Billboard's Hot 100
#25 on Cash Box Top 100
#37 on the Easy Listening chart
#74 on the Country chart

1st LP release: - October 1, 1970
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My Spin

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I remember seeing The Trouble With Girls on late-night TV when I was a teenager and I thought the scene with "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" was pretty cool. After seeing the rest of Elvis' movies, I still say it ranks up there, as far as the scene working with the song. Usually the songs are ruined by the movie scene. It also helps when the song is a catchy, country-funk tune with lyrics telling bossy characters to mind their own business.

I'll get around to writing the rest of my spin soon. Browse the other stuff below in the meantime.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" is a good number, with a gentle but solid beat, and receives a superb performance from Presley. Every inflection can be heard and savoured, and the overdubbing of brass and female vocals enhances the gospel feel of the song.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979




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"Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" Lyrics and Downloads

Back porch preacher preaching at me
Acting like he wrote the golden rule
Shaking his fist and speeching at me
Shouting from his soap box like a fool
Come Sunday morning he's lying in bed
With his eyes all red, with the wine in his head
Wishing he was dead when he oughta be
Heading for Sunday school

Clean up your own backyard
Oh don't you hand me none of your lines
Clean up your own backyard
You tend to your business, I'll tend to mine

Drugstore cowboy criticizing
Acting like he's better than you and me
Standing on the sidewalk supervising
Telling everybody how they ought to be
Come closing time 'most every night
He locks up tight and out go the lights
And he ducks out of sight and he cheats on his wife
With his employee

Clean up your own backyard
Oh don't you hand me none of your lines
Clean up your own backyard
You tend to your business, I'll tend to mine

Armchair quarterback's always moanin'
Second guessing people all day long
Pushing, pulling and hanging on in
Always messing where they don't belong
When you get right down to the nitty-gritty
Isn't it a pity that in this big city
Not a one a little bitty man'll admit
He could have been a little bit wrong

Clean up your own backyard
Oh don't you hand me, don't you hand me none of your lines
Clean up your own backyard
You tend to your business, I'll tend to mine

Clean up your own backyard
You tend to your business, I'll tend to mine
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Clean Up Your Own Back Yard karaoke - Elvis PresleyClean Up Your Own Back Yard
Elvis Presley


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What's YOUR Spin on "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard"?
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Yea! Cool Country-Pop Classic!

Nay! Don't Hand Me None O' These Lines!


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