Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs song “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” is a song that is an adaptation of Charles Perrault’s classic story “Little Red Riding Hood.” This song begins by the main singer imitating a howl which suggests that the song will be from the point of view of a wolf, specifically referencing the antagonistic wolf from Perrault’s story. Throughout the song, the singer makes remarks such as “Hey there Little Red Riding Hood, you sure are looking good. You’re everything a big bad wolf could want” or “What full lips you have. They're sure to lure someone bad” or “What big eyes you have, the kind of eyes that drive wolves mad” which suggests that in this adaptation, the wolf is having intimate thoughts about Little Red Riding Hood (Lyricsfreak). The singer then remarks that he is “gonna keep [his] sheep suit on until [he’s] sure that [Little Red Riding Hood has] been shown that [he] can be trusted walking with [her] alone” (Lyricsfreak). During the first time that I listened to the song, this line made me think that the wolf was being genuine about his intentions of keeping her safe and not wanting to scare her since he is a wolf but then after I heard it again and put it together with the other suggestive lines, I then thought it meant the wolf wanted to gain her trust under false pretenses so he can take advantage of her trust and possibly even Little Red Riding Hood. I then started to doubt this thought when I heard the line “What a big heart I have – the better to love you with” which made me believe that the wolf actually had good intentions but the line “Maybe you'll see things my way before we get to grandma's place” made me suspicious again of the wolf’s intentions. After looking at the lyrics as a whole, it is clear that this is not necessarily a kid-friendly version of “Little Red Riding Hood” because the wolf in “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” is not only making remarks that allude to sexual intentions but also intends to disguise himself in order to deceitfully gain Little Red Riding Hood’s trust.
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