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Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps performs "Be-Bop-a-Lula" From the film - The Girl Can't Help It, (1956).

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps performs "Be-Bop-a-Lula" From the film - The Girl Can't Help It, (1956).

The writing of the song is credited to Gene Vincent and his manager, Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis. Evidently the song originated in 1955, when Vincent was recuperating from a motorcycle accident at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. There, he met Donald Graves, who supposedly wrote the words to the song while Vincent wrote the tune. (Cf. "Money Honey" by the Drifters, 1953). The song came to the attention of Davis, who allegedly bought out Graves' rights to the song for some $50 (sources vary as to the exact amount), and had himself credited as the lyric writer. Davis claimed that he wrote the song with Gene Vincent after listening to the song "Don't Bring Lulu". Vincent himself sometimes claimed that he wrote the words inspired by the comic strip, "Little Lulu": "I come in dead drunk and stumble over the bed. And me and Don Graves were looking at this bloody book; it was called Little Lulu. And I said, "Hell, man, it's 'Be-Bop-a-Lulu.' And he said, 'Yeah, man, swinging.' And we wrote this song."

Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula Lyrics

 

Well be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby

Be-bop-a-Lula I don't mean maybe

Be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby

Be-bop-a-Lula I don't mean maybe

Be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby doll

My baby doll, my baby doll

Well she's the girl in the red blue jeans

She's the queen of all the teens

She's the one that I know

She's the woman that loves me so

Say be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby

Be-bop-a-Lula I don't mean maybe

Be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby doll

My baby doll, my baby doll

Let's rock!

Well now she's the one that's got that beat

She's the woman with the flyin' feet

She's the one that walks around the store

She's the one that gets more more more

Be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby

Be-bop-a-Lula I don't mean maybe

Be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby doll

My baby doll, my baby doll

Let's rock again, now!

Well be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby

Be-bop-a-Lula I don't mean maybe

Be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby

Be-bop-a-Lula I don't mean maybe

Be-bop-a-Lula she's my baby doll

My baby doll, my baby doll


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