About the song

Ah, yes, A Big Hunk O’ Love by the King himself, Elvis Presley. This song, released in 1959, is a prime example of Elvis at his electrifying peak, a rocker with a playful wink that perfectly encapsulates his enduring appeal. But to truly appreciate this tune, we need to delve a little deeper.

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Firstly, let’s consider the context. By 1959, Elvis was already a global phenomenon. Hits like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” had sent teenagers into a frenzy, and his controversial hip-shaking moves had ignited a cultural firestorm. Yet, amidst this whirlwind, Elvis was drafted into the US Army in 1958. A Big Hunk O’ Love was remarkably recorded during his first and only session while enlisted. This detail adds a fascinating layer to the song. Here’s the King, still the idol of millions, but now a soldier stationed in Nashville, yearning for love and expressing it in a way that was both relatable and undeniably Elvis.

The song itself is a masterclass in rock and roll simplicity. A driving backbeat lays the foundation, punctuated by Scotty Moore’s signature guitar twang. The Jordanaires, Elvis’ ever-present backing vocal group, provide a rich gospel-tinged harmony that perfectly complements Elvis’ powerful vocals. Listen closely, and you can hear the playful swagger in his voice, a man determined to win his girl’s affection despite his circumstances.

Lyrically, A Big Hunk O’ Love is a delightful blend of sweet talk and playful demands. Elvis doesn’t mince words. He opens with a direct plea: “Hey baby, I ain’t askin’ much of you.” He assures his “stingy little mama” that a “big a big a big a hunk o’ love” will do, playfully comparing her affection to a beehive overflowing with honey. The imagery is simple yet effective, perfectly capturing the youthful exuberance of the era.

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However, beneath the surface there’s a hint of vulnerability. Elvis isn’t just seeking affection; he’s yearning for connection in a time of uncertainty. The line “I got a wishbone in my pocket, I got a rabbit foot” hints at a deeper hope, a desire for good luck and a return to normalcy. In that sense, A Big Hunk O’ Love becomes more than just a love song; it’s a window into the soul of a young man caught between superstardom and military service.

The song’s impact was undeniable. Released in June 1959, it soared to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks, further solidifying Elvis’ place as the King of Rock and Roll. A Big Hunk O’ Love also showcased his remarkable versatility. Here was a performer who could deliver heart-wrenching ballads and electrifying rockers with equal conviction.

In conclusion, A Big Hunk O’ Love is more than just a catchy tune. It’s a cultural touchstone, a reminder of a simpler time, and a testament to Elvis’ enduring charisma. It’s a song that perfectly captures the essence of rock and roll: raw energy, youthful exuberance, and a touch of vulnerability that resonates across generations. So, put on your blue suede shoes, crank up the volume, and let A Big Hunk O’ Love transport you back to a time when the King ruled the airwaves and love conquered all.

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Lyrics

“A Big Hunk O’ Love”

Hey baby, I ain’t askin’ much of you
No no no no no no no no baby, I ain’t askin’ much of you
Just a big-a big-a big-a hunk o’ love will do

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Don’t be a stingy little mama
You’re ’bout to starve me half to death
Now you can spare a kiss or two and
Still have plenty left, no no no
Baby, I ain’t askin’ much of you
Just a big-a big-a big-a hunk o’ love will do

(That’s right)

You’re just a natural-born beehive
Filled with honey to the top
But I ain’t greedy baby
All I want is all you got, no no no
Baby, I ain’t askin’ much of you
Just a big-a big-a big-a hunk o’ love will do

(That’s right)

I got a wishbone in my pocket
I got a rabbit foot around my wrist
You know I’d have every thing my lucky charms could bring
If you’d give me just one sweet kiss, no no no no no no no
Baby, I ain’t askin’ much of you
Just a big-a hunk-a hunk-a hunk-a love will do

(That’s right)

Just a big-a big-a big-a hunk o’ love will do

(That’s right)

Just a big-a big-a big-a hunk o’ love will do

(That’s right)

Just a big-a big-a big-a hunk o’ love will do

(That’s right)