Buck Owens And His Buckaroos – I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail

100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time !!! A classic of the Bakersfield sound, would be their fifth number one, was recorded on December 1, 1964, in Hollywood, California, and released on December 28. The song would be included on the album, I've Got A Tiger by The Tail (Capitol 1965), which was released on March 10, 1965.

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A classic of the Bakersfield sound, would be their fifth number one, was recorded on December 1, 1964, in Hollywood, California, and released on December 28. The song would be included on the album, I’ve Got A Tiger by The Tail (Capitol 1965), which was released on March 10, 1965.

Harlan Howard and Buck Owens, met to write songs, Owens realized that things were going slowly. Suddenly, he saw a sign of the Esso service station, with its slogan that said, Put a tiger in your tank, And, from there came the idea, because the tiger is a fast and strong animal, he feels that everything they do goes slowly, he incorporated the animal in the song.

For most of his performances, Owens always sang this song with Don Rich, the leader of the Buckaroos. In fact, Rich is considered the most loyal member of the band. Compared as a hand and a glove, the two shared much of the stage. They were an incredible duo and have surprised their audiences. In an interview, Owens recalled that their voices, combined, do more than the sum of their parts. Unfortunately, he died at an early age, aged 32, because of a car accident.

I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail, is also an expression used when: “Face an obsession, look for an idea, a talent or even an obsessive vice, facing a difficult problem.” From the “Dictionary of Cliches” by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

Some versions :

Dave Berry 1965 ( Decca )
Ernest Tubb 1965 ( Decca )
Del Reeves 1965 ( Unaited Artist Records )
Ray Charles 1965 ( ABC Paramount )
Peter & Gordon 1966 ( Capitol )
David Houston 1970 ( Epic)
The Walkers 1974 ( Killroy Records )
Sara Evans 1997 ( RCA )
The Derailers 2007 ( Palo Duro Records )
The Waco brothers 2015( Blueshoot records)

Buck Owens – I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail Lyrics
[Chorus: Buck Owens]
I’ve got a tiger by the tail it’s plain to see
I won’t be much when you get through with me
Well I’m a losing weight and a turning mighty pale
Looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail

[Verse 1: Buck Owens]
Well I thought the day I met you, you were meek as a lamb
Just the kind to fit my dreams and plans
But now the pace we’re living takes the wind from my sails
And it looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail

[Chorus: Buck Owens]
I’ve got a tiger by the tail it’s plain to see
I won’t be much when you get through with me
Well I’m a losing weight and a turning mighty pale
Looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail

[Verse 2: Buck Owens]
Well every night you drag me where the bright lights are found
There ain’t no way to slow you down
Im as ’bout as helpless as a leaf in a gale
And it looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail

[Chorus: Buck Owens]
I’ve got a tiger by the tail it’s plain to see
I won’t be much when you get through with me
Well I’m a losing weight and a turning mighty pale
Looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail

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