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Elvis SongPedia: Hard-Headed Woman

Hard-Headed Woman




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Claude DeMetrius

Recorded: January 15, 1958, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 10.

Single:w/ "Don't Ask Me Why", 47-7280, June 10, 1958
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0623, 1961

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

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#2 on Billboard's Hot 100
#3 on Cash Box chart
#2 on Country chart
#2 on Rhythm & Blues chart

1st LP release: - August 1958
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My Spin

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Only the very tail-end of "Hard-Headed Woman" is actually heard in the movie King Creole, but it was the obvious choice as a single from the soundtrack. Elvis spits out the lyrics at machine-gun speed, and although the brass seems out of place, it doesn't seem to get in the way of Elvis' whooping and shouting. He especially lets loose during the instrumental break. A classic!

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Other Spins

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"Hard-Headed Woman" is breathtaking in its surges of power. The use of brass, in true New Orleans style makes sense, and the underlying rhythm is more interesting. The song is enlivened by shouts of "Oh Yeah" from the Jordanaires, and there is an orchestral break which galvanizes Presley in using his voice wordlessly, for all the world like a lead baritone sax. The final "ah-ah-oo" leaves one gasping, but all the way through, Presley has driven the song forward in unstoppable fashion.

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




One of Elvis' most rapid-fire deliveries ever to be recorded - nasty, furious, and fun.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Hard-Headed Woman" Lyrics and Downloads

Well a hard headed woman
A soft hearted man
Been the cause of trouble ever since the world began, oh yeah!
Ever since the world began
A hard headed woman been a thorn in the side of man

Now Adam told to Eve, "Listen here to me
Don't you let me catch you messin' round that apple tree", oh yeah!
Ever since the world began
A hard headed woman been a thorn in the side of man

Now Samson told Delilah, loud and clear
"Keep your cotton pickin' fingers out my curly hair", oh yeah!
Ever since the world began
A hard headed woman been a thorn in the side of man

I heard about a king who was doin' swell
Till he started playing with that evil Jezebel, oh yeah!
Ever since the world began
A hard headed woman been a thorn in the side of man

I got a woman
A head like a rock
If she ever went away I'd cry around the clock, oh yeah!
Ever since the world began
A hard headed woman been a thorn in the side of man


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