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The Isley Brothers: Twist and Shout Meaning

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Song Released: 1962


Covered By: Beatles (1963)


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    ccoco1949
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    Aug 14th, 22:59 report


    I do not believe the Beatles were the original writers of Twist and Shout. Bert Berns, an American wrote it. The Top Notes sang/and or recorded it in 1961. As did the Isley Brothers in 1962. Probably, no one could sing it like John Lennon--watch the Beatles Anthology for more "input" from Paul, George & Ringo about John singing Twist and Shout, especially when they performed it for the Queen + Royalty. The movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off has a very good "Chicago" tribute to the Beatle's Twist and Shout.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 6th, 2017 6:06pm report


    Someone's really uncomfortable and therefore twisting and shouting?



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    anonymous
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    Jan 9th, 2016 1:05am report


    Quite a sexual song, "shake it up baby now", "twist a little closer now", "let me know that you're mine" are all quite suggestive lyrics, and that is the meaning of the song.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 6th, 2015 4:06am report


    Masturbation.



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    bradyn.bassett
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    Dec 11th, 2014 12:26pm report


    Another one of their nonsense songs. I'm sure they knew it was gonna be a hit.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 12th, 2014 8:50am report


    Pretty self explanatory...



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    anonymous
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    Jun 20th, 2014 6:58am report


    DAMNED GOOD DANCE SONG. COMBINES THE ENERGIES OF "SHOUT" ISLEY bROTHERS, with The Twisr, Universal Dance, Chubby Checker.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 14th, 2011 1:52am report


    You people must be stupid if you don't know what this song is about. You people ever heard of "the twist"? It was a popular dance in the 60s! TWIST and shout! It's clearly meant for a dancing tune.



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    m320753
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    Jul 27th, 2010 7:01am report


    This song is a cover of chubby checker who wrote it upon hearing the Beatles covering, if that's the right word but still covering the Isley brothers great song SHOUT. So as each song was really a tribute to the Isley's and a tribute to chubby checker by a group of lads who will change it every so slightly but continued to get high marks from their American friends. As far as Dylan pulling folk song to the top so did the Beatles do the same for rock and roll.

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    drencrom68
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    Jul 20th, 2010 7:43am report


    Aye, most of the songs on "Please, Please Me" were "just" covers, but I submit that The Beatles were the best cover band the world has ever known.

    Seriously, have you heard the original, or the original of "Please Mr. Postman?"?

    Vapid is a word that comes to my mind.

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    anonymous
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    Jun 13th, 2010 6:58pm report


    This song was not even their own song. Most songs on Please Please Me are just covers.

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    anonymous
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    Feb 14th, 2010 2:40pm report


    The song is about Paul having constipation, and taking a laxative to "work it on out", shake it up baby, means preparing the medication, you look so good, you look so fine, is Paul anticipating the relief of his bowel movement,and the climax is the melodic aaah,aaaaah,aaaaaaah,yyyeeeooowww! scream at the end denoting relief.How could anyone miss this?




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