Fashion & Lyrics :: Carl Perkins, “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)

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Blue suede shoes became the coveted piece de resistance in menswear in the 1950s and 60s, thanks in large part to the hit by the same name, written and originally recorded by Carl Perkins. The song, which was inspired when Perkins overheard a lover’s squabble at one of his concerts (a young man admonished his date to not step on his suede shoes, fortuitously dyed blue), was considered one of the first rockabilly songs, which incorporated pop, country and blues, of all time.The song became an anthem which empowered men, and the shoes became a symbol for men’s pride. In the nearly 60 years since the original release of the song, notable designers have produced blue-hued suede shoes, including Cole-Haan, which made a shockingly indigo pair of men’s shoes with even brighter blue laces in a collaboration rapper Theophilus London.

Lyrics.
Well, it’s one for the money, two for the showThree to get ready now go, cat, go

But don’t you step on my blue suede shoesYou can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

Well, you can knock me down, step in my faceSlander my name all over the placeDo anything that you want to do, but uh uhHoney, lay off of my shoes

Don’t you step on my blue suede shoesYou can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

You can burn my house, steal my carDrink my liquor from an old fruit jarDo anything that you want to do, but uh uhHoney, lay off of my shoes

Don’t you step on my blue suede shoesYou can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

Well, it’s one for the money, two for the showThree to get ready now go, cat, go

But don’t you step on my blue suede shoesYou can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

Well it’s blue, blue blue suede shoesBlue, blue, blue suede shoes, yeahBlue, blue, blue suede shoes, babyBlue, blue, blue suede shoesYou can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

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