‘Matchbox’


Yeah I’m sitting here wondering,
would a matchbox hold my clothes…

I hope I didn’t insult the memory of the late Carl Perkins by using lyrics from “Matchbox” in connection with the Republican dogs, big and small, mentioned in my previous post. Here’s the classic song, recorded in 1957, on the same day Perkins made impromptu recordings with other Sun Records greats — Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Perkins, probably the best of the rockabilly songwriters, also wrote and recorded the big hit “Don’t Step On My Blue Suede Shoes,” allegedly after witnessing a man in a barroom cuss his girlfriend for scuffing up his blue suede shoes while they danced. Elvis’s recording of the song, also a hit, is better known but not better than Perkins’ version. The Beatles recorded Perkins’ “Honey Don’t” and “Glad All Over.”

The Wikipedia entry about Perkins is full of good info. His autobiography Go Cat, Go and much of his music can be purchased online, including Original Sun Greatest Hits.

Footnote: Check out Greil Marcus’s insightful book Mystery Train for a transcript of the guilt-ridden Lewis arguing with Sun Records chief Sam Phillips about the devil’s influence on rock & roll — or something like that. This was when Lewis almost refused to record “Great Balls of Fire.”

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