Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

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"Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)"
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Single by The Hombres
from the album Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
B-side "Go Girl, Go"
Released 1967[1]
Format 7"
Recorded 1967[1]
Length 2:06[5]
Label Verve
Songwriter(s) B. B. Cunningham[1]
Producer(s) Huey P. Meaux[1]

"Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" is a 1967 song by The Hombres and the title track of their album of the same name. It is, according to AllMusic journalist Stewart Mason, a "deadpan southern-fried parody" of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues".[1]

The song's spoken intro – "A preachment, dear friends, you are about to receive on John Barleycorn, nicotine and the temptations of Eve" – dates to the 1947 novelty recording "Cigareetes, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women" by Red Ingle and His Natural Seven,[6] and is followed by a raspberry.[7]

Go Girl, Go

The song's B-Side, "Go Girl, Go", has the singer complaining about having to "stand in line" to see his girlfriend now that she is a "hip-swingin', fringe-slingin' Watusi go go girl". It is featured in the compilation album Essential Pebbles, Volume 1, where it is incorrectly titled "Go Go Girl" in the track listing, and attributed to "unknown artist".

Cover versions

"Let It All Hang Out"
Single by Jonathan King
B-side "Colloquial Sex"[8]
Released 1970[9]
Recorded 1970[9]
Label Decca[9]
Songwriter(s) B. B. Cunningham[8]
Producer(s) Jonathan King[8]

Uses in popular culture

Chart performance

Artist Billboard Hot 100 UK Singles Chart Dutch Top 40
The Hombres 12[7] - -
Jonathan King - 26[9] 28[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) - Hombres, The Hombres". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ Bruce Pollock (18 March 2014). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. p. 211. ISBN 978-1-135-46296-3.
  3. ^ Ira A. Robbins (1991). The Trouser Press Record Guide. Collier Books. p. 578. ISBN 978-0-02-036361-3.
  4. ^ Bob Leszczak (10 July 2014). Who Did It First?: Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-4422-3322-5.
  5. ^ "Hombres". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  6. ^ ""Cigareets, Whuskey, & Wild, Wild Women"-RED INGLE". YouTube. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  7. ^ a b "Hombres - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d "Jonathan King - Let It All Hang Out". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e "JONATHAN KING". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Jonathan King Discography". J_withers.tripod.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  11. ^ "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [Box Set]". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Elizabethtown - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Music in Fosters TV Adverts & Commercials". Songofthesalesman.co.uk. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
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