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== Summary == "Li'l Red Riding Hood"[1] is a 'garage rock' song by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. It was released in 1966 and was quite popular, achieving Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same year it was released. Since it's release, it has been featured in multiple films and has been covered by artists like the Smashing Pumpkins, Bowling for Soup, and even actress Amanda Seyfried[2].

== Analysis == The song is based around the fairy tale, "Little Red Riding Hood" by Charles Perrault. However, the band took a different route in telling the story: they stripped away the metaphors from the story. For example, the wolf was no longer a carnivore looking to eat the woman, but rather a man with sexual intentions. The Big Bad Wold uses temptation and sexual appeal to try and sway the girl from the straight and narrow, which is quite different from Perrault's original tale. With lines like "what full lips" and "what big eyes," the singer is revealing that the wolf is hunting the woman, but not in a literal way, more in a seducing way. He is attracted to her and she's "everything that a big bad wolf could want." The wolf is also disguised in a sheep suit, which adds another element to this creative spin-off. Instead of dressing up as the grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf wants to look harmless and sexy. This is also used to trick the women into thinking he has good intentions, but throughout the song he has trouble holding back his howl. He goes on to say "what I big heart I have, the better to love you with."[3] He is trying to persuade the woman that he is not a wolf, but cannot hide his true self. At the end of the song, almost comically, the wolf howls out, and then quickly says, "I mean baaaa! Baaaa?"

References Edit

[1] Anon. 2015. “"Li'l Red Riding Hood" ★ SAM The SHAM & The PHARAOHS ★.” Youtube. Retrieved April 19, 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFDuaNDT8Co).

[2] Anon. 2011. “Amanda Seyfried Sings Li'l Red Riding Hood.” Youtube. Retrieved April 19, 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag8JyPCe_d0).

[3] Anon. n.d. “Li'l Red Riding Hood.” Genius. Retrieved April 19, 2017 (https://genius.com/Sam-the-sham-and-the-pharaohs-lil-red-riding-hood-lyrics).

Summary Edit

"Li'l Red Riding Hood" is a 'garage rock' song by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. It was released in 1966 and was quite popular, achieving Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same year it was released. Since it's release, it has been featured in multiple films and has been covered by artists like the Smashing Pumpkins, Bowling for Soup, and even actress Amanda Seyfried.

Analysis Edit

The song is based around the fairy tale, "Little Red Riding Hood" by Charles Perrault. However, the band took a different route in telling the story: they stripped away the metaphors from the story. For example, the wolf was no longer a carnivore looking to eat Red, but rather a man with sexual intentions. With lines like "what full lips" and "what big eyes," the singer is revealing that the wolf is hunting the woman, but not in a literal way. Instead he is attracted to her and she's "everything that a big bad wolf could want." The wolf is also disguised in a sheep suit, which adds another element to this creative spin-off. This is used to trick the women into thinking he has good intentions, but throughout the song he has trouble holding back his howl. At the end of the song, almost comically, the wolf howls out, and then quickly says, "I mean baaaa! Baaaa?"

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