‘Well, it’s one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
Now go, cat, go

But don’t you
Step on my blue suede shoes
Well, you can do anything
But lay off of my blue suede shoes

Well, you can knock me down
Step in my face
Slander my name
All over the place

Well, do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh
Honey, lay off of my shoes
And don’t you
Step on my blue suede shoes
Well, you can do anything
But lay off of my blue suede shoes

Well, you can burn my house
Steal my car
Drink my liquor
From an old fruit jar

Do anything that you want to do
But uh-uh, honey, lay off of my shoes
And don’t you
Step on my blue suede shoes
Well, you can do anything
But lay off of my blue suede shoes

Well, it’s one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
Now go, go, go

But don’t you
Step on my blue suede shoes
Well, you can do anything
But lay off of my blue suede shoes

Well, it’s blue, blue blue, suede shoes
Blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Yeah, blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Baby, blue, blue, blue suede shoes

Well, you can do anything
But lay off of my blue suede shoes’

Songwriter
Carl Perkins

Published by
Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd

Lyrics @MetroLyrics

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Blue suede were already iconic pieces in 1956, an equivalent for fine men’s shoes. What’s the story of this song? Why blue suede shoes? Well, there seems to be different explanations. Musical bible SongFacts states two origins for the lyrics, one from songwriter Carl Perkins and another one from Jonny Cash.

‘Blue suede shoes were a luxury item in the South, a stylish footwear for a night out. You had to be careful with them, however, since suede isn’t easy to clean.

Perkins never owned a pair, but Johnny Cash told him a story about someone who did.

As Cash told it, he and Perkins were performing at a show in Amory, Mississippi along with Elvis Presley. When Presley was on stage, Cash told Perkins a story from his days serving in the Air Force in Germany.

Cash’s sergeant, a black guy named C.V. White, would wear his military best when he was allowed off base, and at one point said to Johnny, ‘don’t step on my blue suede shoes.’ The shoes were really just Air Force-issued black, but White would say, ‘Tonight they’re blue suedes.’

The story Perkins told is that later on, he was playing at a high school sorority dance when he came across a guy who wasn’t paying much attention to his date, but kept telling everyone not to stop on his ‘suedes’, meaning his blues suede shoes.

At 3:00 a.m. that night, Perkins woke up and wrote the lyrics based on what happened that night and the story he heard from Cash. He couldn’t find any paper, so he wrote it on a potato sack.”

Source: musical Bible Songfacts

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‘Blue Suede Shoes’ is a rock and roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955 and is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time.[…]

Elvis Presley performed his version of the song three different times on national television. It was also recorded by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran among many others.[…]

Presley performed the song on national television three times in 1956.

The first was February 11 on Stage Show. He performed it again on his third Stage Show appearance on March 17, then again on the Milton Berle Show on April 3.

On July 1st, Steve Allen introduced Elvis on The Steve Allen Show, and Presley, appearing in formal evening wear, stated ‘I think that I have on something tonight that’s not quite right for evening wear.’ Allen asked, ‘What’s that, Elvis?’ ‘Blue suede shoes’ was the answer, as he lifted his left foot to show the audience.

Presley mentioned blue suede shoes a second time on this show: in a song during the ‘Range Roundup’ comedy skit with Steve Allen, Andy Griffith and Imogene Coca, he delivers the line, ‘I’m a warnin’ you galoots, don’t step on my blue suede shoes.’

Blue Suede Shoes – the story @Wikipedia

 

Album cover: Oct 1977 re-issue by Elvis Presley
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