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Polk Salad Annie

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(White)

 

Information:
Polk Salad Annie is a Tony Joe White composition. His 1969 recording (Monument 1104) reached #8 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

 

A February 18, 1970, performance of Polk Salad Annie by Elvis at the International Hotel in Las Vegas was featured on the album On Stage - February, 1970. Rehearsal sessions of Polk Salad Annie at the MGM studios and the International Hotel in July and August 1970 were used in the documentary Elvis - That's the Way It Is, as was a concert performance. An April 9, 1972, concert rendition at Hampton Roads, Virginia, was used in Elvis On Tour (1972).

 

Lyrics:
 

Some of you all never been down South too much...
I'm gonna tell you a little story, so you'll understand where I'm talking about
Down there we have a plant that grows out in the woods and the fields,
and it looks something like a turnip green.
Everybody calls it Polk salad. Now that's Polk salad.
Used to know a girl that lived down there and
she'd go out in the evenings to pick a mess of it...
Carry it home and cook it for supper, 'cause that's about all they had to eat,
But they did all right.

Down in Louisiana where the alligators grow so mean
Lived a girl that I swear to the world made the alligators look tame
Polk salad Annie, 'gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame 'cause the mama was working on the chain-gang
What a mean, vicious woman

Everyday before suppertime she'd go down by the truck patch
And pick her a mess of Polk salad and carried it home in a tote sack
Polk salad Annie, 'gators got you granny
Everybody said it was a shame 'cause the mama was working on the chain-gang
How wretched, spiteful, straight-razor totin' woman,
Lord have mercy

Her daddy was a lazy and a no-count, claimed he had a bad back
All her brothers were fit for was stealing watermelons out of my truck patch
Polk salad Annie, 'gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame 'cause the mama was working on the chain-gang

Sock a little Polk salad to me
You know I need a meal miss
You sock a little
(Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon
Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon)
Sock a little Polk salad to me
You know I need a meal miss
Sock a little Polk salad to me
You know I need a meal
Chinc, chinc, chinc, chin, ling, ling ling...

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on On Stage »

 

LPs/CDs:

- On Stage (1970) »

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1972) »

– Memories of Elvis (1978) »

- Legendary Concert Performances (1978) »

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1979) »
– Elvis Aron Presley (1980) »

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995)

- An Afternoon in the Garden (1997)

- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- Elvis – The Concert (1999)

- Best of Artist of the Century (2000)

- Tucson ’76 (2000) - FTD »

- That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- One Night in Vegas (2000) – FTD »

- Country Rock (2001)

- Live in Las Vegas (2001)

- Dixieland Rocks (2001) – FTD »

- Elvis 70’s (2001)

- The Live Greatest Hits (2001)

- The Way It Was (2001) - FTD »

- It’s Midnight (2001) - FTD »

- Dinner at Eight (2002) – FTD »

- Spring Tours ’77 (2002) - FTD »

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- Close Up (2003)

- New Year’s Eve (2003) – FTD »

- On Tour – The Rehearsals (2004) – FTD »

- Polk Salad Annie (2004) - FTD »

- Artist Collection (2004)

- The Impossible Dream (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis as Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (2004) – FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2005) - FTD »

- Live From Las Vegas (2005) – Capitol

- Summer Festival (2005) - FTD »

- Elvis Live (2006)

- Southern Nights (2006) – FTD »

- I Found My Thrill (2006) - FTD »

- Writing for the King (2006) - FTD

- An American Trilogy (2007) – FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2007) – FTD »

- The Essential Elvis Presley (2007)

- The Way It Was (2008) - FTD »

- America (2008) - FTD »

- Nevada Nights (2008) - FTD »

- Dixieland Delight (2009) - FTD »

- The Wonder of You (2009) »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2009) - FTD »

- High Sierra (2010) - FTD »

- Showtime! Birmingham/Dallas '76 (2010) - FTD »

- Elvis as Recorded at Boston Garden '71 (2010) - FTD »

- Chicago Stadium (2010) - FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2011) - FTD »

– Stage Rehearsal (2011) - FTD »

– 48 Hours to Memphis (2011) - FTD »

- On Stage - February, 1970 (2012) - FTD »

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD »

– 3000 South Paradise Road (2012) - FTD »

– Sold Out! (2013) - FTD » 

– The On Stage Season (2013) - FTD »

– Destination U.S.A. (2014) - FTD »

– Elvis in Alabama (2015) - FTD »

- Taking Care of Business (2016) - FTD »

- Home Town Shows (2016) - FTD »
– Spirit of Jackson, MS (2016) - FTD »

– Las Vegas '74 (2017) - FTD »
– Elvis at Madison Square Garden (2017) - FTD »

– Lake Tahoe '74 (2017) - FTD »

– Murfreesboro '74 (2018) - FTD »
– Omaha, Nebraska '74 (2018) - FTD »

– Off-On Stage (2018) - FTD »

– What Now My Love (2018) - FTD »

– Holiday Season in Vegas (2018) - FTD »

– St. Paul to Wichita, October '74 (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- The King of Las Vegas Live (1973) - Hazbin / Wizardo Records

- From Las Vegas... to Niagara Falls (1974) - Live Productions

- The Hillbilly Cat "Live", Volume 1 (1974) - Brookville Records

- The King: From the Dark to the Light (1974) - Tiger Records

- The Vegas Years, 1972-1975 (1976) - TAKRL

- Rockin' with Elvis New Year's Eve Pittsburgh, Pa. Dec. 31, 1976 (1977) - Spirit of America

- The Entertainer (1978) - Rooster Record Company

- Behind Closed Doors (1979) - Audifon Records

- Cadillac Elvis (1979) - TCB Records

- Elvis on Tour (1980) - Amiga Records

- That's the Way It Is (1980) - Amiga Records

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