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U.S. Male

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Written by: Jerry Reed

Recorded: January 17, 1968, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 12.

Single:w/ "Stay Away", 47-9465, February 28, 1968
Also re-released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0664, July 15, 1969
Also released on Collectables series, w/ "Until It's Time For You To Go", DPE1-1017 4517, December 1986

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#26 on Cash Box Top 100
#28 on Billboard's Hot 100
#55 on Billboard's Country Chart

1st LP release: Almost In Love - October 1, 1970
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My Spin

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Part of Elvis' "pre-comeback" period of late-'67/early-'68 when he was itching to break out of his movie-soundtrack mold, the session that produced "U.S. Male" and "Too Much Monkey Business" benefited again from the guitar work of Jerry Reed (also see "Big Boss Man" and "Guitar Man"). Even if nobody told you, it's pretty easy to guess that "U.S. Male" is a Jerry Reed song. That Southern make-believe male bravado (which many apparently continue to take seriously, read some of the reviews out there!) is unmistakably Reed's doing, and Elvis wears the costume with pure joy! He takes a stab at imitating Reed's half-talking, half-singing comic style and has a blast with it, and Reed's guitar work is top-notch as usual. By the time it fades out to Elvis tellin' it like it is, he's planted his feet firmly in defiance against the movie image and he's ready to make himself a Comeback... son! :)

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

In "U.S. Male" Presley is again out-of-touch with contemporary thought. This is full of male chauvinism, and sung in a style which does not come off, although it became a hit.

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

Elvis drawling about his manhood, in a countrified tune backed by Jerry Reed twanging away on guitar and Elvis in a talk-sing voice.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"U.S. Male" Lyrics and Downloads

Now, I'm a U.S. Male 'cause I was born
In a Mississippi town on a Sunday morn
Now Mississippi just happens to occupy a place
In the southeastern portion of this here United States
Now that's a matter of fact, buddy, and you know it well
So I just call myself the U.S. Male
That's M-A-L-E, son. That's me!

Now I said all that to say all this
I've been watchin' the way you've been watchin' my miss
For the last three weeks you been hot on her trail
And you kinda upsettin' this U.S. Male
You touch her once with your greasy hands
I'm gonna stretch your neck like a long rubber band
She's wearin' a ring that I bought on sale
And that makes her the property of this U.S. Male

You better not mess with the U.S. Male my friend
The U.S. Male gets mad, he's gonna do you in
You know what's good for yourself son
You better find somebody else son
Don't tamper with the property of the U.S. Male

Through the rain and the heat and the sleet and the snow
The U.S. Male is on his toes
Quit watchin' my woman, that ain't wise
You ain't pullin' no wool over this boy's eyes
I catch you 'round my woman, champ
I'm gonna leave your head 'bout the shape of a stamp
Kinda flattened out, so you'll do well
To quit playin' games with this U.S. Male

You better not mess with the U.S. Male my friend
The U.S. Male gets mad, he's gonna do you in
You know what's good for yourself son
You better find somebody else son
Don't tamper with the property of the U.S. Male

Sock it to me

All I'm gonna tell it like it is son
I catch you messin' 'round with that woman of mine
I'm gonna lay one on ya, man.
You're talkin' to the U.S. Male
The American U.S. Male

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