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I you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs sing their classic "Lil Red Riding Hood," PLEASE take a second and view below link! And not just once, as it takes multiple times to let it's full creepiness to sink in!! "Lil' Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Sam the Sham, in this very catchy song, offers advice to little miss riding hood; putting his own twist on the timeless classic tale. The story has been told over and over again. Always, the little sweet innocent Red Riding Hood, cutting through the forest on her way to bring grandma some goodies. Completely unaware and naive to what terrors are lurking. These tales range from ogre's in the tale "Little Red Hat," http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html#italy, to a more traditional wolf in the story by Charles Perrault Little Red Riding Hood," ☀http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html#perrault, which ends with the moral: "☀Children, especially attractive, well bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf. I say "wolf," but there are various kinds of wolves. There are also those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent, and sweet, who pursue young women at home and in the streets. And unfortunately, it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all." The lyrics by Sam the Sham play off the same moral of the above story ☀http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/sam_the_sham_and_the_pharaohs/lil_red_riding_hood.html.. He tells Little Miss Riding Hood that she is everything a "big bad wolf could want," and tells her that he doesn't think little big girls should be walking in these spooky old woods alone. Little Red Riding Hood is described in the lyrics, and portrayed in the cartoon portion of the video, as super sexy. The cartoon Little Red Riding hood is dancing through the forest while wearing heels and a super short dress. Even a garter belt! She bends over occasionally to plant a flower or two, of course!!

Sam describes her eyes as "the kind that drives wolves mad," and her full lips as the kind "sure to lure someone bad." Onward our naive vixen proceeds to grandma's house, oblivious to the wolf close behind. In Sam's tale, Lil red Riding Hood doesn't just have one stalker, but a second "friend," supposedly looking to protect her little sexy naive ass! As the wolf makes his move, he intervenes and takes the wolfs skin, continuing to follow her. Once at house he surprises her in bed still wearing the wolf skin. No real news as to what happened to poor grandma, but when he removes skin, he and Little Red seem to live happily ever after...

The common denominator in all the different versions is the same as the moral quoted earlier; that bad things can happen to good people. So Beware, and don't become dinner (or raped/assaulted/kidnapped/killed) for a wolf. Please watch the video, and more than once! Check out the background dancers, and even more hilarious, the couple in the audience, jamming out in their chairs.... Creepy freaking song and creepier video!!

Alternative Ending to a Traditional Tale Edit

While this song does play off a traditional tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” by Charles Perrault[1]; it has some distinct differences. This song suggests that just because someone is bad, does not mean that they cannot be good. “Even bad wolves can be good” is a line in the song that demonstrates where the lead singer, Domingo “Sam” Samudio is coming from in this song. Contrary to popular belief, just because society labels someone to be a “wolf” does not mean that they are incapable of love and kindness. This is displayed again in the line, “What a big heart I have-the better to love you with”. Once again, this suggests that perhaps the werewolf is not so “big” and “bad” after all. Furthermore, the lines “I’d like to hold you if I could, But you might think I’m a big bad wolf so I won’t” says a lot about how our society labels people and can be quick to judge people who act too quickly or act outside of the norm. This line illustrates how our society makes sexual judgements, and how women are taught by society to fear men who act too quickly. These preservation strategies are deeply rooted in our society and taught through many different stories and traditions. We see this moral being taught through the tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” by Charles Perrault, as well as in the classic film, I was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) as directed by Gene Fowler Jr. In this film, there is a scene where Tony (the teenage werewolf in this case) is going to pick up his girlfriend from her house and has an uncomfortable discussion with her father that illustrates her father’s distrust of Tony’s intentions. This is one of the very familiar ways that women learn to judge potential suitors in our society, always keeping safety in mind.

  1. Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book, 5th edition (London: Longmans, Green, and Company, 1891), pp. 51-53. Lang's source: Charles Perrault, Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l'Oye (Paris, 1697).
** does it at all illustrate that good girls look for bad boys??

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