* Audio file gathered from willc's personal music library
Hanky Panky - Tommy James and The Shondells (4/4 )
Verse 1: ------- _ _ | | | | | | A|-------------| 6th String --> E|-------0-3-0-| My baby does the Hanky Panky A G A G My baby does the Hanky Panky D C D C My baby does the Hanky Panky A G A G My baby does the Hanky Panky E D [A Ab A] E A (hold) My baby, does the Hanky Panky Repeat Verse 1 Verse 2: ------- _ _ | | | | | | A|-------------| 6th String --> E|-------0-3-0-| I saw her walkin' on down the line A G A G You know I saw her for the very first time D C D C A pretty little girl standin' all alone A G A G Hey pretty baby, can I take you home E D [A Ab A] E A (hold) I never saw her, never really saw her Repeat Verse 1 Solo... Repeat Verse 2 Repeat Verse 1
The lyrics of this song convey the excitement of a hormonal lad driven mad by a girl who knows how to do the suggestive dance of the title, building themselves around the oft-repeated lyrical hook of "My baby does the hanky panky." The music is equally simple and infectious, building itself on simple verse and chorus melodies that bounce up and down in a pleasant, bouncy fashion. James' version is pure garage rock, a live-in-the-studio effort that layered low-slung guitar riffs over a shuffling stomp of a beat from the rhythm section. James topped it off with amusingly mush-mouthed vocals a la "Louie Louie" and an out-of-control guitar solo that is cheered on by the other band members.
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