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Pitching Treatments

Pitch A Wang Dang Doodle Lyrics

Tell automatic slim
Tell razor totin’ jim
Tell butcher knife totin’ annie
Tell fast talkin’ fanny
Tonite we’re gonna pitch a ball
Down to that union hall
Gonna romp and tromp ’till midnite
We’re gonna fuss and fight ’till daylight
We’re gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long
Tell poodle I’ll tell him here
Tell albert I’ll see him near
Tell old pistol pete
Everybody gonna meet
Tonite we need no rest
We’re really gonna throw a mess
We’re gonna break out all the windows
Gonna kick down all the doors
We’re gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long
Tell fats and washboard sam
That everybody’s gonna jam
Just shake it boxcar joe
We got sawdust on the floor
Tell chicken head till I die
We’re gonna have a time
When the fish head fills the air
Be snuff juice everywhere
We’re gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

In the 1950’s, towards the end of his songwriting career, Willie Dixon composed the lyrics and music to Wang Dang Doodle. The song was first recorded by the bluesman Howlin’ Wolf in 1960, who was originally hesitant to record the song due to what he called its “old-timey sound—like some old levee camp number.” Dixon remarked years later in his autobiography that he wrote the song especially for Howlin’ Wolf, not long after he heard the singer perform in the early 1950s, but saved it until 1960 because he believed the song was far too advanced for the singer at that point of his career.

About the Name “Wang Dang Doodle” and Its Lyrics

Some music historians have suggested that Wang Dang Doodle was based on an “old lesbian song” known as the Bull Daggers Ball, a claim that Willie Dixon later denied.

According to Dixon, the name of his song, Wang Dang Doodle, translates to having a good time in the city (of Chicago, in this case), especially if the person “came in from the South.”  A “Wang Dang,” according to Dixon, meant a party or a night out on the town, with plenty of music, dancing and whooping it up; and a Wang Dang Doodle, then, was the process of having that party or good time, or a style of “rocking out.” The lyrics of the song seem to reflect Dixon’s definition, including these lyrics, which occur about midway through the track: