Song Lyric Sunday (26 July 2020) – Same Difference

Last week, NewEpicAuthor over at A Unique Title For Me set a theme of cake (my selection). This week, we are talking about the same difference.

Gonna stretch the theme a little this week, because my choice’s title is the same word, repeated. Do you fancy some Blues?

This song was written and recorded by John Lee Hooker, in 1961. Although the song has become synonymous with Hooker, it was panned at the time by music critics. It was a lukewarm chart hit, reaching only #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. It did, at least, reach #16 on the R&B Chart. In fact, this song was Hooker’s only Hot 100 hit. It must have had something, though, because it was recorded by many artists and was a staple cover for many Blues bands in the early Sixties.

The song went international a full three decades later. Picked up by a jeans commercial, the song was released in the UK and reached #16 here. Here’s Boom Boom.

That featured image, by the way, is me. Early Nineties/mid-twenties, on the steps of Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris, and the guy on the tee…John Lee Hooker. Don’t I look young?

Boom, boom, boom, boom
I’m gonna shoot you right down
Knock you off of your feet
And take you home with me
Put you in my house
Boom, boom, boom, boom

Ow ow ow ow ow
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm
I love to see you strut
Up and down the floor
When you’re talking to me
That baby talk
I like it like that
Oh yeah

Talk that talk
Walk that walk

Won’t you walk that walk?
And talk that talk
And whisper in my ear
Tell me that you love me
I love that talk
When you talk like that
You knock me out
Right off my feet
Ho ho ho ho

Well, talk that talk
And walk that walk
Oh yeah

John Lee Hooker


  1. I’ve posted many times how much my dad loved the blues, and he always said, “Folks don’t appreciate the blues enough. It’s about life.”

    Almost every week, someone posts something for SLS written or sang by one of his favorite bluesmen, and I know he’d be thrilled to know folks do “appreciate the blues.”

    “Boom Boom” was one of his favorites!

    Nice pic! We all looked young in the 90s – can we go back! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Me too. I’ve taken to looking on the Billboard and UK chart sites to look the tune up. I was especially surprised, in conjunction that lots of people covered it, so you’d kinda think there was somebody out there liking his music. One thing I’m not sure about, #60 here is basically nowhere, nobody ever got any publicity until they went sub-#40. But is it similar in the US, or is anything in the Hot 100 generally considered a hit record?

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