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Buck Owens And His Buckaroos performs "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" live on The Jimmy Dean Show.

Buck Owens And His Buckaroos performs "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" live on The Jimmy Dean Show.

"I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" is a song made famous by country music band Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. Released in December 1964, the song was one of Owens' signature songs and showcases of the Bakersfield sound in the genre.

In 1965, Dave Berry used "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" as the B-side of his single "Little Things" and the single reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.

Owens — in the liner notes to The Buck Owens Collection: 1959-1990 — recalled that he and songwriter Harlan Howard had gotten together to write songs, but things were going slowly. Then, Owens saw an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank" ... and got an idea.

Released in December 1964 (just weeks after he had recorded it), "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" was Owens' and the Buckaroos sixth No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in February 1965. The song is Owens' and the Buckaroos biggest hit (and only top-40 hit) on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 25, although its five weeks atop the chart made it far from Owens' biggest hit on the country charts — several of his other No. 1 songs spent anywhere from six to 16 weeks at No. 1.

Buck Owens - I've Got A Tiger By The Tail Lyrics

 

I've got a tiger by the tail, it's plain to see

I won't be much when you get through with me

Well I'm a-losing weight and I'm turning mighty pale

Looks like I've got a tiger by the tail

 

Well I thought the day I met you, you were meek as a lamb

Just the kind to fit my dreams and plans

Now, the pace we're livin' takes the wind from my sails

And it looks like I've got a tiger by the tail

I've got a tiger by the tail

 

I've got a tiger by the tail, it's plain to see

I won't be much when you get through with me

Well I'm a-losing weight and I'm turning mighty pale

Looks like I've got a tiger by the tail

 

Well, every night you drag me where the bright lights're found

There ain't no way to slow you down

I'm about as helpless as a leaf in a gale

And it looks like I've got a tiger by the tail

I've got a tiger by the tail

 

I've got a tiger by the tail, it's plain to see

I won't be much when you get through with me

Well I'm a-losing weight and I'm turning mighty pale

Looks like I've got a tiger by the tail




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