Keep Me Knockin' (You Can't Come In)
DESCRIPTION: "Keep on knockin' and you can't come in." "Door bell ringin' and you can't come in." "Come on baby won't you let me in." "Told you man and you can't come in." "Just before day and the rooster crow"
EARLIEST DATE: 1963 (MJHurt04)
KEYWORDS: courting nonballad
FOUND IN: US
Mississippi John Hurt, "Keep Me Knockin' (You Can't Come In)" (on MJHurt04)
NOTES: Hurt's version is so fragmented that I can't tell whether his inspiration came from Little Richard's or something earlier. Hurt's verses are one line, sometimes repeated, against the guitar melody, and he never sings the tag line (Bob Call-James Wiggins's (1928), Louis Jordan's (1939), and Little Richard's (1957) are all, more or less, "Come back tomorrow night and try again"; Lil Johnson's (1935) is "Bet you better let me be"). - BS
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