The Same Thing

Lyrics: Willie Dixon
Music: Willie Dixon

This was sung by Pigpen in the early days and by Weir in the 1990s - in very similar versions. This is Pigpen's version from 16 March 1967, with notes on where the Bob Weir version differed.

What make a man go crazy when a woman wears her dress so tight?
What make a man go crazy when a woman wears her little old dress so tight?
You know it's that same thing that make a tom cat fight every night (note1)

And why all of these men trying to run a big legged woman down?
Now why all of these men trying to run a big old legged woman down?
It's got to be that same old thing that make a bulldog hug a hound

And it's that old same thing
It's that old same old thing
Now tell me who to blame?
The whole world's fighting about that old same thing
Yes it is

What make you feel so good when your baby get a dressing gown (note 2)
What make you feel so good when your baby get a dressing gown
It got to be the same old thing that makes a preacher lay his bible down
Yes it is

And it's that same thing
It's that old same thing
It's that old same thing
It's that old same thing
Yes it is
Notes
(1) Weir sings "... that keep a tom cat out all night"
(2) Weir sings "What makes a man go crazy when his baby wears an evening gown"

This is a later Pigpen version, from 31 December 1971 (thanks to Neal Miskin)
What make a man go crazy when a woman wears her dress so tight?
What make a man go crazy when a woman wears her dress so tight?
It's the same old thing that make a bulldog fight all night

It's that same thing
It's that old same thing
Now tell me who's to blame?
The whole world's fighting about that old same thing

Now can you tell me, pretty baby, what make a rabbit hug a hound?
Can you tell me, pretty baby, what make a rabbit, make a rabbit hug a hound?
It's that same old thing that lets me, lets me track my baby down

It's that old same thing
It's that old same thing
Now tell me who's to blame?
The whole world's fighting about that same thing

Now can you tell me, pretty baby, what make a woman run around?
Can you tell me, pretty baby, what make a woman, make a woman run around?
It's that old same old thing that make a preacher lay his bible down

It's that old same thing
It's that old same thing
Now tell me who's to blame?
The whole world's fighting about that old same thing

It's that old same thing
Make you feel so good
You know that old same thing
It's that old same thing
Whoa you boys know what I'm talking about now
The world's talking about that old same thing
That old same thing
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
      1966 Historic Dead
     16 Mar 1967 So Many Roads (1965-1995)
     16 Dec 1992 Dick's Picks Vol 27
     27 May 1993 Road Trips Vol 2, No 4

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

Roots
The version sung by Pigpen derives from the Willie Dixon composition, recorded by Muddy Waters.

Some have suggested links back to a song recorded in 1930 by Bo Carter (aka Bo Chatmon, Bo Chatman, Armenter Chatmon etc). This is titled "Same Things The Cats All Fight About." The theme is certainly similar, but the lyrics, music and tempo are very different. The Bo Carter lyrics are:
Well you know I lay down last night, trying to rest my mind
But I couldn't rest for them old cats fighting all the time
I just had to get up and compose me a song about those cats


I lay down last night, trying to rest my mind
I couldn't rest for cats fighting all the time
About the same thing the cats all fight about

Me and my girl had a fight
[Bust down the hall] all last night
About the same thing the cats all fight about

Because I love women and she loves men
[I stay away this] times again
About the same thing the cats all fight about

Even old men's fighting about that

My uncle Jack was old, his hair was white
But he still tried to fight
About the same thing the cats all fight about

There is horses in the stall
Trying to kick the other one through the wall
About the same thing the cats all fight about

'Most all men getting jealous in mind
They been fighting and fussing and squabbling all the time
About the same thing the cats all fight about

Most all women doing the messing around man

Most all women doing the mess around
You can find them doing it all of the time
About the same thing the cats all fight about




Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com

 


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