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My wife and her sisters are constantly breaking out in song - usually when some phrase triggers the memory of a golden oldie. I managed to corral a couple of them to sing on this rock & roll ditty, while reserving the part of the alligator for myself.

Image taken from the 2006 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HEY ALLIGATOR
Warren Smith (2010)

Hey alligator
Are you looking for love?
Hey alligator
Are you looking for love?
Yes, I'm looking for love
But not the kind you're thinking of

Bulldog barking
Hound dog on your trail
Bulldog barking
Hound dog on your trail
I can disappear any time that I want
With just a flick of my tail
That bulldog doesn't bother me
And that hound dog can kiss my tail

Hey alligator
Why do you stomp and chomp?
Hey alligator
Why do you stomp and chomp?
If you want to do a little dance with me
You can find me down at the swamp

Hey alligator
Why to you sputter and curse?
Hey alligator
Why to you sputter and curse?
Well I've been that way ever since the day
They made my mother into a purse

Hey alligator
Are you looking for love?
Hey alligator
Are you looking for love?
Yes, I'm looking for love
But not the kind you're thinking of
Yes, I'm looking for love
But not the kind you're thinking of
Song Stats
Hits: 2664
Comments: 15
Fans: 8
Plays: 129
Downloads: 122
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Jan 14, 2010 - 07:19:16 PM
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2010 - 07:19:16 PM Last Played: May 28, 2017 - 02:52:49 PM
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Hardware:
Aria Pro II guitar, M-Audio 49e keyboard, Sony microphone, iMac, M-Audio MobilePre
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Garageband
Comments
Feter said 2691 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
Hey Alligator
WOW ...loved this heavy rockin rolla ...classic
60s vocals work ..man this is all the fun ...
I m sure it was a joy recording it as well ...
fabulous drums setting ...a CLASSIC ... rock on
thnx alot for sharin !!!!!
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Warren Smith said 2690 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Post-classic
Although its antecedents probably lie in 1950s and 60s rock, I'd actually call this a "Post-Classic" Rock & Roll song.

In a general sense, it lacks the structural unity of Classic Rock. It opens with a guitar duet, runs through four verses, then has a guitar break with multiple voices instead of an instrumental solo, before returning to the original verse. The rhythmic pattern goes through a series of subtle shifts, where each verse is not quite played the same. My vocal positions and recording settings are not consistent. And the bass line keeps alternating between two different choices.

I don't know if that means I can't focus on a simple structure .. or my music is growing in complexities.

Actually, I like to think it is the latter point : )

As always, Feter, I appreciate your enthusiastic response to my music.
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Jarvoid said 2691 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
Oh yeah
Time slip, beehives and before my time but groovy music, great geetar riffs and ....what kind of love exactly does an alligator want?


Nice One

Jarvoid
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Warren Smith said 2690 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Alligator love?

I'm surprised that a dragon even has to ask : )

Thanks, Jarvoid, for your response to this song - and to several others of mine posted at Macjams.
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fasteddie said 2691 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Great
Man this song is great! I love that line "Well I've been that way ever since the day
They made my mother into a purse" LOL! The crazy ass guitars were cool as hell. The panning on the guitars was sweet too. The vocals were a little bit B52ish. I'm going to be humming this one in my sleep tonight.


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Warren Smith said 2689 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Guitarslinger
If you like my guitars, I am definitely taking that as a compliment, given the great sounds you are getting from your guitar work.

Thanks for listening and commenting - and I am returning the gesture by listening to your songs.
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jibes said 2691 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Love this
great song. Ha, ha, I got a big kick out of this.
Gals did a great job too.
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Warren Smith said 2689 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Alligatorettes
I like to think this song has numerous elements working in its favor, but the gals really establish the tone for the piece. They really make it happen.

Thanks for listening and commenting.
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jiguma said 2691 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Sounds like
an enjoyable family evening Warren. I like the energy and the idea behind this - I'd love to get my daughter and her husband onto a song sometime. Maybe even my granddaughter who is 4 this year.
Brings back memories of rock and roll days of my youth.
Nice post.
Neil
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Warren Smith said 2686 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
Family fun

I would definitely encourage you to write and record songs with family members. I have been doing this for over 20 years in a variety of formats - from party group participation and holiday programs ... to informal happenings and individual collaborations - and it has made for some excellent musical moments that are different from my regular activities of writing and recording solo songs or musical suites.

Usually I pre-record a soundtrack and invite others to sing. Sometimes others contribute to the lyrics. On "Hey Alligator" I had recorded the basic melody tracks and already written multiple verses before the gals sang their parts - and then I finished off the embellished parts later.

Interacting musically with a four-year-old granddaughter - that sounds priceless!
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crissew said 2690 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Nice one Warren
Sounds a little like surf rock to me but with a fun side to it. Another good example of your unique style. Enjoyed it!
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paul f. page said 2684 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
What a pile of fun this is.
Great lyrics and sung with tongue-in-cheek. You guys all did such a good job on this humorous rock-n-roll song. One thing I am thankful for is the fact that I can UNDERSTAND the lyrics without reading your text. ... This number is just a lot of downright fun and I enjoyed it very much.
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Lardo said 2677 days ago (January 28th, 2010)
Retro Reptilian!
Hey, Warren. I like this. The ladies are singing well and your back-n-forth is spot on. Your instrumentation, as usual, is supercharged and high stepping. Makes me smile.

"Yes, I'm looking for love
But not the kind you're thinking of"

Now that thought requires some processing.
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ste said 2570 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
i
like your guitar tone and style. fun tune
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alackbass said 1821 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Hey Alligator
I was drawn to this one by the title. Could be living in Florida I just made a connection. The B52s should have recorded this in their heyday and made you a million.
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